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Rocks like wood

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Go ahead, tell me that the rocks in the upper center don’t look like wood. Tell me, and I won’t believe you.

We noticed these wood-like rocks by the side of the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, after I pulled over on September 7th to photograph the overlapping mountains in smoke that you saw in the previous post.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 24, 2017 at 4:31 AM

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  1. Yup, looks like wood alright. Nice image.


    September 24, 2017 at 6:59 AM

  2. Is it the rock or the plants causing that effect? Did you enhance the photo to bring out the colors?


    September 24, 2017 at 7:12 AM

    • From what I can tell, the colors are those of the rocks themselves. As I typically do, I reduced the highlights and brought up the shadow details. I made no changes at all to the colors.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 24, 2017 at 9:38 AM

  3. Now that you mention wood, I can see it: especially petrified wood. At first, I saw streaks of sunlight. I’m not well-enough versed in geology to know for certain, but I think this spot might also be an example of what geologists call bedding and cleavage. It’s certainly distinctive, and nicely framed by the growth around it.


    September 24, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    • Bedding and cleavage: aren’t we getting a bit racy for a nature photography blog?

      I’m glad the post you linked to comes from a geology teacher, so we can have faith that the information is correct. He mentioned Natural Bridge, which is what we were on our way to see when I noticed the smoky mountains and then the formation in today’s picture. Natural Bridge has layers of rock that have been turned vertical—something I’ve seen over the years—but are of a type I’ve never encountered anywhere else. They’ll eventually be the subject of another post.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 24, 2017 at 10:51 AM

  4. This really rocks!!


    September 24, 2017 at 9:50 AM

  5. Reminds me of the wood that has become rock in the Petrified Forest.
    Have a great Sunday,


    September 24, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    • For whatever reason, I never thought of this as petrified wood, but always saw it as rocks that happen to look like wood. I may be the anomaly; you’re the second commenter to mention petrified wood.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 24, 2017 at 11:20 AM

  6. Those are beautiful rock formations and, yes, they do indeed look like wood.


    September 24, 2017 at 12:59 PM

  7. At first I thought of petrified wood also. But upon further reflection, I think it is a petrified wooden scallop shell.

    Steve Gingold

    September 25, 2017 at 5:07 PM

  8. Extraordinary strata. Yes, it does look like wood grain. I saw some stunning veining in rocks on my recent holiday in the European Alps, including a most unusual blue-grey.


    September 27, 2017 at 2:25 AM

    • While I occasionally see rocks with patterns like those of the blue-grey ones you found in Switzerland, this wood-like section of rock is unique in my experience. I doubt I’d have noticed it at highway speed, but fortunately I’d pulled over for the “posterization” view.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 27, 2017 at 7:18 AM

  9. oh yes, the rocks personify wood! they are impressive and strong!

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    September 27, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    • You made me wonder whether there are any people with the family name Strongwood. When I searched, most of the initial hits were about the Strongwood Log Home Company in Wisconsin. From what I can tell, in that case Strongwood is not a family name but rather the way the company wants you to think of its log houses.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 27, 2017 at 9:39 AM

  10. You are absolutely right .. they sure do look like wood 🙂


    September 27, 2017 at 1:39 PM

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