In the northeast corner of Wyoming, among the gentle rolling hills, protrudes a remarkable monolith known as Devils Tower.
It became the first National Monument in the United States in 1906.
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This image is a gem I missed when I processed the photos I made at Devils Tower last year. When I look at the selection of images from this location I think this one is my favourite! How did I miss it? Especially since I got up at 4:30am to be here for sunrise.
Devils Tower is an extraordinary sight to see. The tower itself is made up of hundreds of columns and, at over 1200 feet tall, it’s a popular place for rock climbers. The climb usually takes between 4-6 hours but I read about one fellow who managed to climb up there in 18 minutes! The top of the tower is the size of a football field.
I haven’t been making very many new images since I was working on my new eBook. Now that it’s out I’m going back over the images I made last year to see what other gems I can find before we head south again for the winter.
It’s hard to believe I only have 3 weeks left in BC before we hit the road again.
Howard Jackman says
Anne this shot is simply amazing! One of the best of Devils Tower that I’ve ever seen, and as you mention the fact that you got up so early is what makes it so good and is a great reminder as to why you need great light to make a great image especially of an iconic subject. This has long been on my photo bucket list, and thanks to this shot has been humped up a few spots. I’m glad you re discovered it and shared it with us.
Anne McKinnell says
Thank you so much Howard, what a huge compliment! Catching it in the best possible light is definitely the key. They have some dramatic weather there in Wyoming too so you might get some good storm clouds when you go.
Glenn Springer says
You know, of course, that this was the setting for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
Anne McKinnell says
Hi Glenn, yes I did know that 😉 they show the movie once a week in the campsite. I made this image right from the campsite. Thanks for your comments!