Image of the Day: Red Rocks at Sunset

By Tom Yulsman | November 8, 2013 1:35 am
The Red Rocks, seen here at sunset in an iPhone photo mosaic, rise just to the west of Boulder, Colorado. (Photo: © Tom Yulsman

The Red Rocks, seen here at sunset in an iPhone photo mosaic, rise just to the west of Boulder, Colorado. (Photo: © Tom Yulsman)

I’m addicted to two things: running and photography. With the iPhone, I can do both at the same time. The image above is one of the results.

It’s actually a mosaic of  iPhone images that I shot at sunset while on a trail run this week just west of downtown Boulder, Colorado. It shows a locally beloved geologic feature known as Red Rocks. I used an awesome app called Autostitch to seamlessly stitch together individual, full-resolution images to create this panorama. The fins are roughly 25 to 50 feet high.

With this image, I’m launching a new feature at ImaGeo: an image of the day. It will be combination of compelling remote sensing imagery and photography. I’ll do my best to post something daily, but since this is not my actual day job, I may miss some here and there.

The stoney fins of the Red Rocks are composed of Fountain Formation sandstones that are almost 300 million years old. These rocks formed from sand and gravel that were laid down in layers as an ancient mountain range called the Ancestral Rockies eroded away.  (For more about the geology of the Boulder area, click here.)

Here’s one more photograph from the same trail run:

Sandstones of the Fountain Formation just west of Boulder, CO. (Photo: © Tom Yulsman)

Sandstones of the Fountain Formation just west of Boulder, CO. (Photo: © Tom Yulsman)

Same geologic formation. At the time that I shot it (a straight iPhone photo, no Autostitch mosaic), I was struck by the colors. Looking at it now, I’m seeing a turtle.

  • Dale Day

    These are okay but come to Nevada and visit either Red
    Rock Canyon [close to Vegas] or Valley of Fire [not too far away].

    • Tom Yulsman

      I’ve been to Valley of Fire. Spectacular!

      • lessthantolerant

        Another wonderful site!

  • AGON

    hajta ma kallxon ca esht

    • beweefshamlal

      Uncle Logan got a nice year old Lexus GX 460 SUV
      only from working part-time off a home computer… you can try these out………

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  • lessthantolerant

    I find the garden of the Gods to be unbelievably gorgeous at sunset.

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ImaGeo

ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.

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