Category Archives: Toadstool Geologic Park

The trip that Daniel and I took to Toadstool Geologic Park was timed ideally for night photography, having been one day removed from the new moon. We really wanted to get some spectacular shots of the Milky Way, and Toadstool is situated far, far away from any urban light pollution. Although I did not end […]

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Complementing the alien beauty and spectacle of Toadstool is a profound peace, a stillness that belies the forces that have shaped it and will continue to shape it for eons to come. It’s the faint hum of permanence, a mere lull in the ponderous cycle and toil of sand and water and wind–those indifferent forces […]

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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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