I’m always on the lookout for unusual, unique or different things we find in nature to photograph. Many of the wonders we see are obvious such as the Grand Canyon, the Great Smokey Mountains or the Mighty Mississippi River to name a few. The photographs in this Blog, I think, have a uniqueness or unusual appearance that we may over look or take for granted.
Having had the opportunity to photograph some of the natural and man-made arches that dot the landscape of our nation, I decided to show just a few.
A natural arch is a rock formation that forms after many years of continual erosion. Many natural arches have been designated historical sites or national treasures and are protected by government regulation. Arches National Park near Moab, Utah is one example.
Man-made arches come in a variety of types. Some man-made arches have been documented to have been built as early as the Bronze Age dating to 1850 B.C. Bridges, entrances, and tunnels are just a sampling of the uses of man-made arches.
There is a Sleeping Indian above the tree line at the southern end of the 5 mile Sheep Mountain section which is part of the Gros Ventre Range. Gros Ventre is pronounced “Grow Vaunt”. This mountain range was named after the nomadic tribe of Gros Ventre Indians who traveled through the area on a regular basis.
In modern day, Sheep Mountain is referred to as Sleeping Indian. I think you will see why as you look at the photographs. These photographs were taken looking eastward across the National Elk Refuge outside Jackson, Wyoming.