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Dinosaur Provincial Park

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A year ago today we visited Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta.

Past posts about the place have shown strange cloud shadows in the sky and a panorama that includes a hoodoo with a head-like shadow.

Now you’re seeing some more views of that ruggedly scenic place.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 3, 2018 at 4:55 AM

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  1. An extraordinary landscape. The second to last photo reminds me of the Sphinx at the Great Pyramids.

    Gallivanta

    September 3, 2018 at 6:10 AM

  2. Surreal!

    carolinestreetblog

    September 3, 2018 at 7:03 AM

    • Impressions aside, fortunately the place is real. I hope someday you’ll visit it, even if it’s a long trip from South Africa.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2018 at 8:05 AM

  3. Are these formations as mammoth as they look? What a lot of information about the area has been extracted so far, and think what more can be learned? Fantastic!!

    Littlesundog

    September 3, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    • They’re the size of hills rather than mountains—but what ruggedly impressive hills they are. Except as part of a guided tour, visitors are restricted to the main paths, presumably to keep from damaging the site and any remaining fossils, although I didn’t notice any excavating currently under way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2018 at 10:02 AM

  4. Some of these formations look like dinosaurs themselves. 😉

    Pit

    September 3, 2018 at 11:45 AM

  5. The last photo looks to me like a giant, disembodied foot.

    Taken together, the second, third, and fourth photos are really effective. I like the way the combination of colors shown in the second photo is pulled apart and the individual colors emphasized in the third and fourth photos — it’s a neat way of presenting them.

    shoreacres

    September 3, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    • Similarly, in the last picture I saw the feet of an elephant. Even the color is right.

      I’m glad you found an effective path from picture 2 through picture 4. Given the dozens of pictures I took there that day, I could have shown many more than these four. With just 10 pictures there are more than three-and-half million arrangements! I wouldn’t have wanted to tax your imagination to find a path through some of those.

      I pushed four more pictures from Dinosaur Provincial Park off into another post and scheduled it for a year from today. Let’s see if I’m still doing this then.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2018 at 2:25 PM

      • We certainly hope you’ll still be posting. After all, we haven’t seen Antarctica yet!

        shoreacres

        September 3, 2018 at 2:34 PM

      • Wait. I just remembered your dislike for cold. Maybe Alaska would do…

        shoreacres

        September 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM

        • Thanks, Linda. Alaska might do, depending on the season and the mosquitoes. It’s one of only two states I’ve never been in, North Dakota being the other. If I can hit those two, I’ll be a member in good standing of the Nifty Fifty club.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 3, 2018 at 2:45 PM

  6. I like the cascading effect of the rock in the second image. I also see elephants’ feet in the last.

    Steve Gingold

    September 3, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    • I added the second picture at the last minute, precisely for the cascade of color and texture you mentioned, and to have at least one vertical view.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2018 at 4:17 PM

  7. Very Nice Steve! Always enjoy “seeing” through your eyes and images!

    Reed Andariese

    September 3, 2018 at 5:34 PM

    • I think you’d have made just as good use of the opportunity if you’d been there. The Canadian Rockies and Badlands are definitely worth visiting.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2018 at 5:37 PM

  8. very cool.

    sedge808

    September 3, 2018 at 10:32 PM

  9. Such attractive pastel shades, Steve. I find that the muted colors create a very soothing impression.

    tanjabrittonwriter

    September 6, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    • Yes, it’s a pale and muted world up there, one that I also find pleasant. We talked of your driving north to see Baldlands National, which includes similar scenes as well as some grander and more colorful ones.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 7, 2018 at 7:51 AM

      • I hope you can make it, Steve. We traveled through the area (too) many years ago, and would like to revisit it, too, one of these days.

        tanjabrittonwriter

        September 7, 2018 at 4:25 PM

  10. Ruggedly scenic … such beauty

    Julie@frogpondfarm

    September 8, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    • As many great topographies as NZ has, it doesn’t have one like this. I hope you’ll get to visit it someday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 8, 2018 at 5:50 PM


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