Thursday, February 27, 2020

Stamp Rock

Cousin Scott and his wife are here visiting. When I say "here", I mean the desert out near Joshua Tree. They try to come every February, and they love escaping the cold winter weather in Chicago. I mention this because we were our hiking in Joshua Tree over the weekend and came across an interesting rock formation. More about that in just a moment.
Here are Scott and Cher in the Hidden Valley Picnic Area. I think they were a little nervous standing under that huge rock that looks like it could tumble down at any moment! Then we found a picnic table, gobbled down Subway sandwiches, and wandered off to take photos.

Seems like anywhere you walk in this area you come across interesting rock formations. My wife pointed this one out to me: dinosaur head??

A beautiful day for a hike!

Look closely and you might see Cousin Scott (center right) out looking for photo opportunities.

Ah, there he is. I wonder what he's taking a picture of? He seems to be emerging from a forest of Joshua Trees in this highly cropped image.

Pretty late afternoon light.

The light was going in and out... from "golden hour" and long shadows when the sun was out, to flat and limited shadows as the sun disappeared behind a cloud. The one above was when the sun was behind the clouds.

That looks like an interesting rock formation. See the opening in the rocks? Lets go take a closer look.

Beautiful! In the photo above, the sun is out full-force, and the rocks take on a golden color only slightly captured here. This is where my story gets interesting. I posted this photo on the Joshua Tree National Park Photography group on Facebook, and a keen-eyed photographer friend of mine said "Oh, this looks like the rock formation that is on the JTNP stamp!"

Huh? What stamp??

A quick Google search turned up the stamp:
I can see the opening in the rock, and the general shape of the rock, but everything seems to be "flipped" or inverted. So what if I flip my image in Photoshop and then compare. Here's the "flipped" image:
I think we're on to something!

Wow, that's definitely the same rock formation!! It's inverted, and the artist took major liberties with that Joshua Tree on the left, but it's the same rock formation. I guess I'll call it "Stamp Rock" 😉

Linking with Skywatch Friday.
Thanks for stopping by!!


51 comments:

  1. Good detective work. Now all you have to do is find the tree that's depicted on the stamp!

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  2. ...a question for you, what was the temperature when you took these images? They look beautiful, but HOT!

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    1. Hi Tom. No, not hot at all this time of year. It's was in the low 70's on this particular day. Just about perfect!

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  3. Hello, I would like to visit this park some day. It is beautiful. I like the rock formations, the dino head is cool. Neat capture of the stamp spot. Wishing you a happy day and a great weekend ahead!

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  4. Nice to have visitors. I definitely saw the dinosaur head before I read the lines about it. Fascinating

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  5. Oh yes way to go. Awesome hike around an a brilliant find. I love that dinosaur rock

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  6. Brilliant shots - Fantastic how the boulders draw the landscape!

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  7. This is definitely the time of year for the desert. I too saw a dinosaur head in that rock formation. Weird how the artist flipped the image. Perhaps they were using a slide of it and had it flipped around.

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  8. What an interesting discovery! It is the exact rock formation as shown on the stamp! I wonder if at the time the artist drew the stamp photo that tree was there and has since died or was broken in a wind storm? There are so many photo opportunities there.

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  9. Amazing find, especially flipped. The internet is a great thing sometimes.

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  10. Nice to have company once in a while. If I would live in Chicago, I wouldn't mind a hike in the desert either:) Before reading on to you mentioning the stamp, your original looked like the side of an animal, walking away, like a wolf or something like it.Great post, as always - have a great weekend!

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  11. That first photo, the way the rocks are grouped kind of reminds me of a celtic iron age tomb, like something was in the middle of them. Great shots!

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  12. You always find the most interesting rocks! Amazing!

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  13. The detective has been at work. Good sleuthing. It sure did look like a beautiful day for a hike.
    MB

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  14. Fabulous shots and amazing scenery!

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  15. The find of that stamp rock is really amazing as of course the landscape you have outside your door.

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  16. Absolutely the same formation as on the stamp SPP, your friend did well to spot it! The rock formations look as if some long ago giant was playing with them 😉

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  17. I really do want to hike with you one day.

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  18. What a great day and wonderful photos. You know, Big Blue Labs will make one of your own photos into a "postage stamp" style complete with postmark!

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  19. Stamp Rock....perfect name for it. It also looks like you had a perfect day for your hike. The photos are stunning!

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  20. Boy howdy, we enjoyed these pictures. Strange how your pic is the exact of the stamp. NEAT. We enjoyed this trip that is for sure. THANKS
    Sherry & jack in North CArolina

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  21. You found stamp rock! LOL! Cool story. I'm glad these people enjoy adventures with you. Your wife even found dinosaur rock. It really does look like a face of a dinosaur. Have a great weekend.

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  22. Looks like a pretty awesome place to get all kinds of photos.

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  23. Beautiful photos! Definitely going to put on my must to see list. Happy Shooting!
    Saun in Ohio

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  24. That one for sure looks like a dinosaur! But I sure love them all...I love rocks...always have, always will.

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  25. Beautiful and interesting rock formation. The 2nd one looks like a dinosaur head.

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  26. wonderful scenes from these big stones

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  27. Wow, fascinating landscape - very different from anything seen in my corner of the world (Sweden). And I immediately saw the "dinosaur" in your second photo :) But well spotted with the stamp image, that it was the same view but flipped around!

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  28. Nonetheless, beautiful photos...thanks for stopping by my blog, smiles.

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  29. Someone out there has a sharp eye. I am not too spacial and I never would have realized that was the stamp photo "flipped". It's too close to be coincidental. Great scenery, as usual.

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  30. Pic #2 looks like a fish head to me. A Salmon of some sort. Water must´ve flown there in some point.

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  31. Magnificent photos of awesome rock formations and beautiful skies ~ what a place to share with friends ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  32. Love the dinosaur head. It amazes me that the rock formations are a result of nature!

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  33. Amazing story of the stamp. Photos are awesome!
    Have a wonderful week.

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  34. Großartige Fotos von erstaunlichen Felsformationen !
    Schön, wenn man solche Wanderungen unternehmen kann.
    An dieser Stelle vielen Dank für die lieben Kommentare immer in meinem Blog !
    ♥liche Grüße aus Deutschland
    Jutta

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  35. I think your pictures are ready for National Geographic, which I think is better or at least as good as a stamp. I have been to Joshua Tree many times. My husband liked to climb rocks, I would watch and play with our dogs. So your pictures always bring good memories, in addition to being spectacular.

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  36. I wonder why the stamp artist inverted it though? ....I guess I can see why he would make the Joshua Tree bigger and of course make the light perfect, but the rock formation is great the way it really is isn’t ? Oh well, guess that’s why I’m not an artist. ....what a perfect winter vacation break for your cousins.

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  37. YES - What A Post - Well Done

    Cheers

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  38. Wow, what a rock formation! And that head! Looks a bit sad.
    And that "fox" - you have some things to discover there!
    Thank you for sharing all this!

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  39. That's cool! I would add the tree in the foreground as well if I was the artist. What a great catch. I think the rock has cat ears.

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  40. That is such a beautiful rock! That stamp design captured so much of Joshua Tree's Magic. And that Stamp amount is so much high :)

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  41. It is such a spectacular landscape.

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