Friday, December 08, 2006

Minature hoodoos in Florida

A couple of weeks back Connie and I were hiking along a lonely hunting road deep in the woods of Washington County, Florida. As we were making our way back to the vehicle I noticed out of the corner of my eye some pieces of broken glass that were scattered by the side of the road. What grabbed my attention, as I looked more closely at these colorful shards, was the fact that they capped little minature hoodoo spires about 5 to 6 inches tall.

Florida beer glass hoodoos

Now those of you who are familiar with hoodoos from Zion and Bryce Canyon know that they are columns of stone that form when a hard piece of rock protects and preserves the softer underlying layers it sits on. Acting as a sort of hardhat or umbrella, these more resistant layers form what geologists call a hoodoo.

The name is apparently derived from the word voodoo and is related to the fact that many of these rock columns resemble human forms in an eerie sort of way. They can be found in many places around the world and composed of a variety of materials. Keep your eyes peeled because you never know when you might bump into one.

A lone hoodoo on Zion's east side


Steve said...

These are great and a half! Glass-capped hoodoos. I wish I'd had that photo whan I was doing evening programs. Good work, you crazy naturalist. Steve D.

Audie said...

That is so very cool. Good eye, as always, amigo.

Devastatin' Dave said...

Do the hoodoo voodoo that you do so well.