Monthly Archives: March 2013

Just for full disclosure, I stole the title of this image from one of my favorite short stories, Moriya, by Dean Paschal. “Talis umbras mundum regnant” translates as “such shadows rule the world.” I loved the interplay of light and shadows in the harsh midday sun at Toadstool, and I leveraged that interaction into many […]

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The Toadstool train presses on with this sunrise photograph taken during our morning hike through the park. Eerily quiet, completely windless, a crisp forty degrees, scattered clouds like pulled cotton strung out across that big Nebraska sky. Since our time at Toadstool was so brief, we were lucky to have such a great morning for […]

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Here is another image that illustrates the variety of textures and bizarre structures that have emerged during the slow process of clay erosion in Toadstool Geologic Park. Can we all agree that the giant turtle shell is pretty awesome?

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Toadstool is an immersive, overstimulating experience. Most of the designated hiking path carries you along the streambed, the waters of which have carved a narrow miniature canyon amid the clay and sandstone that compose the walls and sediment hills. At most points, it is a complete panorama of otherworldly geologic chaos. It is beautifully cluttered. […]

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It’s amazing to think that the “toadstools” and other rock structures in Toadstool Geologic Park were once buried under the soil itself, probably in nearly the same shapes as they exist today, before the soft clay around them was gradually eroded away by water and wind, leaving just the harder sandstone to remain. It’s an […]

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Please allow me to speak in hyperbole for a moment, knowing full well that the concept of “nowhere” is subjective and that there is always somewhere more remote than anywhere declared “in the middle of nowhere.” With that said, Toadstool Geologic Park is in the middle of nowhere. Actually, Crawford, Nebraska, is in the middle […]

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Earlier this week, my buddy Daniel and I took our cameras on a quick and dirty whirlwind tour of rural Nebraska en route to Toadstool Geologic Park right outside the town of Crawford, Nebraska, in the extreme northwest corner of the state. I’ve wanted to visit the park for a good long while now, and it was […]

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