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Hoodoos & Other Fantastic Stone Creatures - by Laurent Martres
NOTE: this exhibit appeared in December 2001. Click here to visit the current showcase.

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Walls of Mushroom Rocks

A great collection of mushroom rocks.



The bottom part of this bizarre formation looks lik a soft boot.



This one looks like an old wooden clog.


Storm on Bryce

A cliché shot alright, so I underexposed the sky by two stops to make it more dramatic.


Knights in Shining Armor

A flat composition, but the colors are too good to pass.


Thor's Hammer

Seen a million times, but the soft warm light and the fresh dusting of snow makes it enjoyable.


Coal Mine Canyon

The very watchable Coal Mine Canyon in the eraly morning sun.



The great spires of Chricahua.


Cocky Hoodoo

This hoodoo looks very proud of himself.

Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness hoodoo


Darn Red Hoodoo

It says it all.

Canyonlands Chimney Rock


The Doll House

A whimsical playground.

Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness hoodoo


Elephant Rock

A petrified mammoth trunk?

Goblin Valley


Phallic Rock

How much more suggestive can a rock be?

Grand Staircase-Escalante hoodoo


Great White Ghost

One of my favorite rock groups The lead singer is awesome.


Marching Men

The glorious Marching Men at sunset.

chimney rock Maze

Chimney Rock

Erosion still hasn't been able to flatten it.

Towers of Silence

Tall white hoodoos.

Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness hoodoo

Hoodoo in Pink

A wild sunset on a strange mushroom rock.

Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness


Red snail gliding slowly on the smooth sandstone.

Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

The Gnome

How this stone creature got its shape is bewildering.

Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

Thin Hoodoo

An elegant little hoodoo.

Tent Rocks

Tent Rocks

Some uniquely eroded shapes.

Tent Rocks

Son of Cocky Hoodoo

Another cocky little creature strutting its stuff.

Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

Hoodoo Perspective

I copied this composition from German photographer Anselm Spring, but with a different light.

Paria-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

Toadstool Hoodoo

I love this simple but effectuve composition. It was challenging to keep the detail on the pure white sandstone.

Zion plateau

Submarine Rock

I shot this Zion Plateau classic on 35mm in 1975. The old Kodachrome is more than holding its own.

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About the Exhibit:

While researching material for the Third Edition of Land of the Canyons, I sometimes come across pretty amazing rock formations. I thought it'd be fun to present a collection of exotic-looking hoodoos and strange rocks. Enjoy.

About the Photographer:

I'm the author of Land of the Canyons, a Photographer's Guide to the Southwest. See my personal website here.  


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