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Climber Atop Mammoth Rock - Joshua Tree N P

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 10 October 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

As one of the final concentrated views I will be showing on Joshua Tree's rocks, this is probably a good one to begin with. This is Mammoth Rock and as you can see, the climber has just finished his ascent - but what goes up must come down. Assumming this fellow is about 6 ft tall - the rock face seems to be about 80 - 100 feet high, but I may be way off. I certainly have no plans to measure it first hand!. This giant rock facing is just one of many reasons why the park is so popular with climbers, and it is also a great example of the rock development through the ages as well.

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Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great shot! I love the perspective of the man on top. A beautiful view over the rocks! I love Joshua Tree!

10 Oct 2010 6:13am

@Bettina: Hi Bettina - Thanks again -- heavens, I need to catch up with you - I have been missing your posts..I'll catch up today...Have a great day and thank you VERY much for checking in ;-)

Phil D. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Had to look twice, thought it was a Russian Cossack dancer on top
at first. And so he may very well be. A superb shot, quite the
amazing rock.

10 Oct 2010 6:56am

@Phil D. Morris: Hi Phil- Thank you so much! I'll check back with yours today as well. All the Best

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow !!! This rock is very impressive... I'm not surprised it was named Mammoth Rock ;) The colors are fantastic. I really hope this guy knows what he's doing... Congratulations on your trek Denny, I hope you've enjoyed it. Have a fantastic sunday :)

10 Oct 2010 9:44am

@Tamara: Hi Tamara Thank you - we are feeling pretty good. I hope you have a great day just like the guy on this rock!

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

What a huge natural architecture!

10 Oct 2010 2:18pm

@Xerophytes: Hello - Thank you very much for your comment :-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Awesome shot! Aside from the Climber (which I love) the color and the angle of the light are beautiful, and really bring out the incredible texture of the rock!

10 Oct 2010 3:07pm

@Tracy: Thanks Tracy..I know, as I was kind of tweaking this I noticed that I must have done something right becasue the texture and cracks in the rock were really showing p nicely...don't you love it when a plan comes together? Like that awesome shot of yours today!!

Mariana Maodush from Waterloo, Canada

Hilarious with this man on the top .

10 Oct 2010 3:58pm

@Mariana Maodush: I sure wouldn't be laughing if I were up there :-) Thanks Mariana...

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Once again, the perspective of the person is so important to this shot, Denny. You rock (OK, bad pun...).

10 Oct 2010 7:02pm

@B. Thomas: Hi Barbara, Thank you very much..I was hoping that folks would forgive me as I felt that it is (was) important to give an idea of the scale in thise huge rocks! Thanks Barbara - have a great week!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot with the climber up there. That is one massive rock.

10 Oct 2010 8:42pm

@Steve Rice: Definitely..Thanks very much Stev =loved your shot today..really unique find!

Bill Brown from California, United States

Great POV! The man on top definitely provides a sense of the size of this rock.

10 Oct 2010 8:52pm

@Bill Brown: Yes he does..Thank you very much Bill...have fun with those little kiddos...

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent

10 Oct 2010 10:31pm

@john4jack: Hi Jack..thank you sir ;-)

Formerly Known as MontereyJohn from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Light here is just about perfect. Nicely done.

11 Oct 2010 12:02am

@Formerly Known as MontereyJohn: Hey John1 Thank you so much!

Becky from los angeles, United States

That's a biggie! wow! And he looks to be about an inch tall. really great!

11 Oct 2010 1:09am

@Becky: It is a HUGE rock for sure...Thanks Beckie...I hope you gus are doing well....All the Best!

k@ from Paris, France

Excellent with the presence on top that gives the (big) scale ! What a place, impressive. Have a great week, dear Denny.

11 Oct 2010 8:07am

@k@: HI Karine - Thank you very much and I love your image today..really wonderful. I hope you have a great week as well!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice sense of scale here. Thanks for the info about the rock. So this is granite too?

11 Oct 2010 9:35am

@Julie Brown: I know it's hard to believe but that is what they are saying...you are making me nervous...I will triple check :-)

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Wow, that's a big rock!!! Great capture too...

11 Oct 2010 3:38pm

@Marilla: Hi Marilla - Thank you so much! I also love your water image - that is wonderful!!

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The climber really helps establish scale here and demonstrates the rock's enormity. Great textures and color.

11 Oct 2010 5:56pm

@Steven: It's a Big Rock Candy Mountain for sure!! Thanks Steven!!

Sunder from Chennai, India

Wow! stunning capture!!
Wonderful lighting and textures...
the person at the top gives a sense of scale...

12 Oct 2010 3:37am

Julie from Easton, United States

That is either one brave or one stupid man lol! Better him than I! Great shot!

12 Oct 2010 4:27am

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/350 second
F/8.0
ISO 200
29 mm

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