Don’t Rain on my Elephant Parade

It is kind of strange that this amazing formation in Arches National Park known as the Parade of Elephants, is somehow second-sister to the Windows arches just south of it.  This image was taken at the head of the trail leading from the parking area at Windows and leading down to see the parade up close.  Use your imagination a little and you can see how the great bulk and graceful curves within this formation make you think of elephants.

On top of this being an impressive group, there are many unique and interesting individual formations within the parade.  My favorite was the Double Arch.  This formation is the result of two different forms of erosion.  Part of the double arch was formed like most or the other arches you see in the park, from below.  The second arch was formed from above, by what is known as a pot-hole arch.

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Double Arch on a Rainy Day

We almost skipped going into the Windows section since (as you can see) it was raining and overcast. I actually was planning to go to the end of the road to see the Devils Garden section but, something convinced us to make this stop.  I am so glad we did!  If I had gotten nothing other than the double arch picture shown above, I would have considered this a successful photographic trip.  It’s strange how things work out if you have a little trust and patience.

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More detail from the Parade of Elephants



Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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