One of my favourite spots in Utah is Goblin Valley State Park where the hoodoos look like playful goblins.
Located in the middle of the San Rafael Desert, about two and a half hours drive west of Moab, the valley was formed by the same forces of nature that caused the variety of rock formations I have been showing on the blog lately: inland sea, wind and erosion.
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I made this image of the Three Sisters from the parking lot.
You are on your own to explore the valley of goblins. With no distinct trails you just wander around discovering new creatures made of sandstone. It is like being in a comical fantasy land where you are not really sure if all the goblins moved while you had your back turned. And there are so many of them that when you see a person they appear to be a gnome that doesn’t belong.
Aside from the Three Sisters, I made up these names for the goblins as I went along.
There was a beautiful campground right beside the valley of goblins which made it easy to get there at the right time of day.
By the way, those eyes are natural. When I first saw them I thought people had gone and carved out the eyes, but after exploring the park I decided there were so many that appeared to have eyes like that it was impossible for people to have made them all.
Most of these images were made in the early evening when the shadows cast by the sidelight emphasized the texture and shape of the hoodoos.
Frog Rock is an HDR image made by combining three exposures, but the others are all single exposure images.