Sep 24

A curious event at sunset

Category: Arizona
petrified wood

I’ve been so busy doing things that I haven’t had time to blog about them.  Every weekend for the last six weeks, I’ve running out to do something fun.

These images were taken on a trip to the petrified forest.  We went for a day – it takes about 2 hours to get there from our flagstaff home.  We also stopped at the Barringer meteor crater – which is along the way – but I’ll save that for another time.

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At first glance you might think it’s just a pretty sunset, but look closely at these next few (click on them to enlarge)  and you’ll see something spectacular.

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What is that thing?

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It’s a tornado!

It didn’t touch the ground, but traveled from one layer of atmosphere to another. It evolved quickly, over a period of less than 10 minutes.

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On the right side, there’s another one.  Actually there were many, but not all were well-formed and obvious like these two.

There was no sound or wind, it was completely silent.  It was if the gods were evident, untouchable, unreachable, unknowable.

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Here’s one that is horizontal.

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2 comments

2 Comments so far

  1. Niffer September 25th, 2009 8:54 AM

    Wow. I’ve never seen pictures like that before. That’s incredible.

  2. talkingtostones September 25th, 2009 11:08 PM

    Really beautiful. I love the vibrant colors, and the way the sun looks like it’s almost coming out underground in the later ones. And those tornadoes are amazing. Just coming out to whirl around and play in the sunset. Stunning.

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