Scenic Sunday: Crystal Forest

Petrified logs in the Crystal Forest of Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. June 13, 2011.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

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The Crystal Forest is a section of Petrified Forest National Park with a landscape dotted with petrified logs.

A century of collecting (before the park was established) has removed many of the logs, especially those which contained quartz crystals.

A petrified log in the Crystal Forest, Petrified Forest National Park. June 13, 2011.

The trail through the Crystal Forest leads past logs show a rainbow of colors.  Many of the logs plainly show what was once the bark of the trees, but they are all amazing.

A petrified stump showing a rainbow of colors. June 13, 2011.

Reds and whites are fairly common in the petrified wood, but blues and yellows can also be seen.

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10 Responses to “Scenic Sunday: Crystal Forest”

  1. Sandra Says:

    i am glad you showed the up close shots of the logs i wondered why it was called the crystal forest. up close is beautiful, like jewels from God

  2. bertN Says:

    I gotta see this Crystal Forest!

  3. ladyfi Says:

    A whole forest of petrified logs? How cool is that!

  4. Loren Says:

    How very beautiful! I would Love to see these up close! Oh the wonders of God!

  5. MB Says:

    Pretty neat, George. I like all the petrified wood. We have a Ginko Petrified area in Eastern Washington. Great place to visit. MB

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Marvelous captures, George! I am fascinated by the petrified forests! I visited one in Arizona, but it’s been a long time ago. Hope you have a great week!


  7. Rose Says:

    My, oh, my! Those are beautiful!

  8. Happyone Says:

    Some really nice colors in there. Great capture and photo.

  9. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    That is amazing. Look at all those colours!

  10. sartenada Says:

    My dream place. Believe or not George that when I was school boy about 50 years ago, I ordered a magazine called “Arizona Highways”. From It I could admire and wonder Petrified Forest.

    Thank You presenting these!

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