(Note: I’ve colored these photos to emphasize the geological characteristics because I think they look more interesting when you can see the striations and layers more clearly).
Instead of taking the more traveled, more boring highway route from Salton Sea to Joshua Tree, I went on back roads, the blue highways, on the road map. The first part was through Box Canyon and it was simply amazing, geologically speaking.
The above shot shows uplifted rock pointing west to east. A half mile later, the same side of the road, the uplifts are pointing east to west. Yep, this area is crazy with uplifts because it’s so close to the San Andreas Fault.
And then there’s this section, where the rocks have been uplifted so much, they are almost vertical. Crazy stuff!
Just before exiting the canyon, this eroded pile clearly shows layers and layers of rock laid down over time. Given this is desert with so little rain, the erosion has been going on very a very long time.
Seeing rock formations like this puts things into perspective for me. I’m a flash in the pan, a little biological creature inhabiting a blink of time. And I’m OK with that. I get to enjoy the view, and now, so do you.