Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rambling around Richardson Amphitheater...

near Fisher Towers today was quite delightful, under azure blue and sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 40s.  The arkosic conglomerates in the Cutler Formation (Permian) are displayed nicely in craggy outcrops (click images to enlarge):
Dried flowers on last season's rabbitbrush were still hanging on:
Rocky ledges on overlying strata in the upper basin provided a purchase for snow that had fallen earlier in the week:
I discovered a monumented section corner established in 1929 as part of the early General Land Office Survey:
And this vertical metal monument marks the site of an abandoned wildcat oil well:
What a great day for a hike, my penultimate outing during my holiday stay in southern Utah.

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