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The Great Burrito

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 5 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

Rock climbers call this rock pile in Hidden Valley by that name. These rock piles serve an important function in this desert environment. They direct rain runoff to their bases where the water soaks into the sand and rock bits. It's stored there for use by plants growing near them as is obvious in this image.

Joshua Tree National Park
Part of the Great American West series.

Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful and impressiv ! I can imagine how important it is to keep the water of the rain t here!

5 May 2011 5:08am

PATRICK from miramas, France


5 May 2011 5:18am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful capture! I'm really enjoying this series. I spent a few years in Apple Valley which is not too far from Joshua Tree NP.

5 May 2011 6:47am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Impressionnant ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

5 May 2011 7:26am

Florence from Paris, France

Rocks, rocks and rocks aagain ! Lovely colors by the way.

5 May 2011 10:11am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

wonderful scenery and processing!

5 May 2011 10:17am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful frame, Steve. Certainly looks to be a challenge to rock climbers!

5 May 2011 10:33am

Irene from L C, France

Impressive landscape ! Beautiful framing

5 May 2011 10:45am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

best view . excellent

5 May 2011 11:01am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderful textures and warm colours in this shot Steve! ;-)

5 May 2011 12:07pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very impressive structure, and you captured it well.

5 May 2011 12:50pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I am so glad you featured this rock. Don't you just love this huge monolith?
And the cloudy day really helps to keep all the dynamic range into a zone where all the details are plainly seen...just gorgeous. I love the perspective here too - you got it all..and finally, just a Stupendous job on the foreground elements! Beautifully composed!

5 May 2011 12:59pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like the rock formations and the presentation

5 May 2011 4:19pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Nature has everything, even the placement of rocks to the flow of rainwater! Splendid shot and superb presentation. Good day.

5 May 2011 4:25pm

Veronique from Hautes-Pyrénées, France

I like the framing and the pastels colors

5 May 2011 4:31pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

This series is a valuable document.

5 May 2011 4:44pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Functional rocks and I like their color!

5 May 2011 5:06pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

one of my favorite of your series.

5 May 2011 5:12pm

franz from Baden, Austria

great light and interesting patterns of erosion on that (granite ?) rock! remarkable what a few feet more in elevation can mean in terms of humidity in the desert! (btw and for your info, this type of erosion is called "woolsack erosion" in german, for very obvious reasons, i think!)

5 May 2011 6:06pm

morgan from canyon Country, United States

Really tasty shot. Now I'm hungry.

5 May 2011 6:25pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A wonderful landscape

5 May 2011 7:13pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful landscape.

5 May 2011 8:20pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Nice shot with great perspective which lends itself well to your interesting explanation.

5 May 2011 10:40pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Burritos aside, this is a mighty powerful stack of rocks. You've made a wonderful interpretation.

5 May 2011 11:14pm

Phil Morris from Canada

That makes a lot of sense, lot of times in these type of photos you ask why does
this happen and now it all makes sense. Wonderful photo with a nice array of growth.

5 May 2011 11:28pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

lovely rock formation !! :)

6 May 2011 1:49am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

It was interesting that you make mention of rock climbers liking these rocks when the first thing that came to mind was how unstable these rocks looked at first. I thought you were getting to close. Great PoV and I like how the vegetation is spread out among the rocks.

6 May 2011 2:12am

Becky from los angeles, United States

fabulous - love the warmth and textures - beautiful.

6 May 2011 3:39am

Kala from United States

Wonderful color and framing.

6 May 2011 4:46am

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Great series, Steve!

6 May 2011 4:48am

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Superb colours and POV....a wonderful capture !!

6 May 2011 7:52am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

When I see places such as this, it's always amazing that anything can actually grow.
Great shot!

6 May 2011 7:59pm

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Wow - lots of fascinating detail.

7 May 2011 10:10am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I haven't been to Joshua Tree in so long. This is wonderful!

8 May 2011 5:36am