Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States of America


Stone tells a story
Of a vast sea
Millions of years old
Millions of years ago

Layer upon layer
Of silt
Of time

The mantle shifts
Plate dives under plate
The ocean bed rises

Becomes land
Becomes mountains
Becomes a high plateau

All in time
Precious time
Copious time

Then weather
And water again

Eats away
At stone
At time

And now, here is time
In all its beauty
Written in stone
Captured on film

In one sixtieth of a second

It’s only time
Beautiful time
Stopped for one moment

Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah, United States of America

Taken during travels, 1996

Time, beautiful time. A response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, which this week is Admiration.