Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Crystal Forest



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it. Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

The Crystal Forest is a section of Petrified Forest National Park that was once covered with petrified logs, many of which contained beautiful quartz or amethyst crystals. Many of the petrified logs disappeared before the park was established, but enough remain to show the beauty in the park.

38 comments:

Sey said...

Look at the minerals on the rock! It shows how nature works in mysterious ways to sustain its beauty. It's so unique.

diane b said...

There is so much beauty in those interesting rocks/fossils. It is good to be back home.

Reader Wil said...

How interesting George! I have never seen a thing like that!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Interesting! any value to that piece you found !!!

Sandra said...

amazing, did you try to chip out a few pieces to make a ring?

Busy Bee Suz said...

That is really cool looking!

A Lady's Life said...

I never paid attention to this before until I got into studying rocks with my boys at school and then I found it so interesting.
I especially love the terrain around volcanoes.

imac said...

Magic forest George.

KathyA said...

That is so neat, George! When you say they 'disappeared' -- does that mean that people took them?

LV said...

That is one very interesting an fascinating place I have seen.

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Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

that is really awesome!
such interesting photo!

Ms. A said...

Beautiful!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is so pretty. I would love to have one of those on my yard.

Ginny said...

Gosh, I bet lots of people would take these if they could. I know you said it is forbidden, so how do they stop you from doing this? Are you searched when you leave? Wonder what these gems would be in this one?

Craver Vii said...

Wow, God filled creation with so many fascinating things! That was interesting to studiously gaze upon the enlarged photo for a while.

Happyone:-) said...

That has just pretty colors mixed in there. Really cool looking.

EG Wow said...

It's good to hear that at least some of the petrified logs are still there.

Pam said...

George, you must have enjoyed exploring and learning about the history of the Petrified Forest.

difusosreflexos said...

Although dead it still looks wonderful.
Great work.

Sofia

The Incredible Woody said...

It is beautiful! I saw a tabletop made from a piece in a shop near Bryce. It was breath-taking! But so was the price!!!

KleinsteMotte said...

The millions of colours that radiate from that piece is so splendid! That's something I would love to see in person because I imagine it would be even more spectacular. What an image you capture!!!

Live Out Loud said...

Oh, wow. It's so beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before.

Fábio Martins said...

woww. what a beautiful scenary. This is natural from the tree?

SandyCarlson said...

That must be an awe-inspiring sight. Thanks for this, George.

Leovi said...

Gorgeous photo, I love that stone with excellent color. Pure delight.

Indrani said...

Amazing! It is a treasure.

Magia da Inês said...

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Deve ser muito emocionante ficar diante de um fóssil desse e imaginar como essa árvore foi um dia...
Amei o botão de rosa do post anterior, que cor linda, perolizada.
Boa quinta-feira!
Beijos.
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rainfield61 said...

You see crystal this time, you'll see gold the next time.

BlueShell said...

It is beautiful, indeed...
I LIKE IT!
Greetings my friend.

Giga said...

Kolory takiego skamieniałego drzewa są niesamowite, piękne. Pozdrawiam

Carletta said...

Gorgeous colors!
I wouldn't mind that being the color of my kitchen or bath countertop. :)

Kim, USA said...

How I wish I could visit this place and find the biggest quartz or amethyst hehe. ^_^

Rajesh said...

Great shot. This is a treasure.

Anna said...

George, I almost thought that you found chunk of gold. Anna :)

Ann said...

In New Zealand, we have kauri tree gums. Is this similar?

Marie (once The Tile Lady) said...

The Petrified Forest is definitely one of those wonderful N Az places to see! This is a great shot of a log there. I haven't been up that way in years, and it's such an interesting site. Glad you got to go.

Stephany said...

The crystals in the wood are beautiful. I can only imagine what a whole forest of petrified wood looks like!