CBWC: Rocks, Boulders, and Stones with Character

For Cee’s Black and White Challenge (CBWC) this week, I am sharing a variety of rocks, boulders, and stones, mostly from the southwestern United States, with one photo from the Omaha Zoo (I couldn’t help myself!).

The first photo was a wide view of Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve in La Jolla, California. I like how there’s very intricate cliffs (you cannot walk down them), and then there’s polished stones that cover the beach. These two Torrey Pines photos were taken at low tide; when it’s high tide, the waves are up against the cliff.

Cliffs at Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve in La Jolla, California.

Rocks and boulders that have fallen from cliffs on northern edge of Crystal Cove State Beach, California.

While I am loving my time at the beach in California, I have taken many photos of rock features in the desert, too. When I look in unusual places, I have been pleasantly surprised with great views and interesting features. For example, millions of people visit the Grand Canyon National Park every year, mostly to the south rim, but there’s some very cool formations on the outskirts of the park.

Paria Canyon in Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness in northern Arizona, just outside the north rim of Grand Canyon.

Marble Canyon, Arizona, in between south and north Grand Canyon National Park.

Here are some interesting rock formations around the Phoenix valley in Arizona. Some are definitely popular, such as Camelback Mountain, and others are lesser-known, which I prefer.

Boulders have fallen down Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, with downtown Phoenix in the background.

View of Picacho Peak (and crazy trail on top of that ridge) at Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona.

Petroglyphs on a rock on a trail in Cave Creek, Arizona.

And, as promised, a photo of rocks at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. If you look closely, you’ll see why I like these rocks that provide a more authentic habitat for the lions.

Lion sits atop rocks at new habitat at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

9 thoughts on “CBWC: Rocks, Boulders, and Stones with Character

  1. Good point! I only stayed long enough for the pic. It was not safe. I saw people fishing at the bottom of this cliff, and I don’t know how they stood there that long, with their backs to the cliff. There were some crazy waves, too. I was happier after getting a photo and walking north a bit to the beach not below the cliff. 😎


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