Near Alcova Dam - Wondrous Wyoming

Not far away from the dam, we came across these beautiful redbeds(as they're apparently called.)

The story goes that before these hills were tilted during the formation of the Rocky Mountains, these beds of sedimentary rock were covered with a layer of Alcova Limestone from the brief time when seas covered this region. This limestone created a firm crust that prevented complete erosion of these soft redbeds.

It is thought that they are red because it's iron-rich, which then rusts, but the issue is, by no means, settled.

More information about these fascinating formations from Geology of Wyoming.



I love the feeling of these gentle giants reclining to rest...

This one is nice enough to make a new cover image wherever I need it... I cropped it like a panorama.



It's almost hard to believe that simply turning around can give you this view instead... maybe more of the limestone? There are many fossils to be found in the area, but I haven't gone searching for any yet.

A couple of final shots before we continued on our journey. I loved watching the light reclaim the redbeds...




The wildflower near where I was standing. It turns out to be a picture of Arnica! Probably arnica angustifolia. Expect a near-future article about the medicinal properties of this plant! As it's not locally abundant, I couldn't ethically collect any from this plant, but I may return to collect a small portion of its seeds later in the season.

Photos taken by myself in June 2020 with my Nikon D7200.

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