Monday, November 23, 2009

Breaking the Pattern


On October 19th, I blogged about hiking up to Angel's Landing in Zion park.  To reach the top of the plateau, one needs to climb up "Walter's Wiggles".  The wiggles are a set of 21, sharp and very steep switchbacks (zig-zags).  It was named Walter's Wiggles after Zion's first superintendent who helped engineer the this section.

This photo is one section of the retaining wall.  Even building something as mundane as retaining wall, the builders add a touch of art by breaking the pattern of the regularly shaped sandstone blocks with this strange looking rock.

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7 comments:

Aileni said...

Bears a strong resemblence to iron smelter clinker - which is incredibly hard.

Aubrey, My Camera's Eye said...

Interesting Photo!! I also like unique and different things!! And this make a GREAT B&W!! Nice job!

kaye said...

It's been awhile since I last visited Zion's. It is a beautiful place. I like your picture. the rock looks nice in b&w bringing out the textures. Though I really love the color of a rock wall.

Gaelyn said...

Nice job someone did building that rock retaining wall. I like the old ball rock. Kind of looks like lava. Great capture Russ.

awarewriter said...

I like this. Thanks for the commentary as well.

Highton-Ridley said...

Well spotted Russ and good comp. I wonder if a higher contrast process would bring out more?

Russ said...

Thanks, I'll try it. Getting enough contrast in a BW is hard for me - while I'm doing it, it feels too much! Even this felt too much at the time although it clearly isn't!