Description A dramatic butte at the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, golden in the first light of a July morning.In the Point Lookout area, near the park's entrance, the Mancos Shale is about 2,000 ft thick and this is what this butte is composed of.Mancos Shale is the lowest formation of the park and is a thick sequence of gray to black marine shale containing minor tan siltstone and fine sandstone beds. On steep slopes, such as those near the northern and eastern boundaries of the park, this formation is prone to landslides and debris flows.This is the base of the butte. The lovely golden rock is Point Lookout Sandstone of the Mesaverde Group, a predominantly yellowish-gray or pale-orange, fine- to medium-grained marine sandstone, approximately 300-400 ft thick. The Point Lookout Sandstone forms much of the cap rock in the northern park area.(source of this information: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/info/meve/ )
Michael Stephen Wills, Ithaca, New York Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement My photographic style centers on the use of natural light to visualize emotion and evoke memory. The evolution of my style began early in the year 2002, with an imperative to capture personal and fleeting memories.
My son and I traveled to New York City, to view the first Saint Patrick's Day parade after September 11, 2001. My work from that parade was so successful and satisfying (see "New York Fire Department, Saint Patrick's Day 2002") I just never stopped.
In the years since, I have discovered creation techniques similar to an artist painting on canvas. For example: view my Fine Art print "Cochise Dawn". It is from a 64 megapixel image. This means the closer you gaze, the more detail and surprises are revealed.
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