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Chimneys Trail

Chimneys Trail in Big Bend National Park is a fairly easy hike that leads to a nice geological formation called the Chimneys. I wrote about this trail earlier this year in a post titled Chimneys. I hiked up one of the chimneys after completing the sunrise photographs but I did so without my camera. I discovered a hole left in the lava column and I decided to take this photograph with my iPhone so that I could return some day and photograph it using my good gear. I ran across the photograph as I was going through my Big Bend portfolio in preparation for my trip this fall to the park. I decided to post it even though it is a low resolution photograph.

The Chimneys, as they are called, are a series of volcanic dike formations. Dikes are formed when hot magma rises through cracks in the earth’s crust. The dikes cool and are eroded by the elements. The window you see in the image below is part of the remnants of surge deposits from an eruption which took place a very, very long time ago. Erosion and shifting creates holes in the deposits.

Chimneys Trail
Chimneys Trail

This image was taken with my iPhone 6 Plus using the back camera. The camera was set on Normal mode with the aperture set at f/2.2, shutter speed at 1/750th of a second and the ISO set at 32. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.

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