Image Credit & Copyright: David Kingham.
Here’s an amazing image by David Kingham of a lone Eta Aquarid meteor streaking across the dark skies of Devils Tower National Monument.
Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming is somewhere I’ve always wanted to get out to and it’s definitely on my Bucket list, which means I may see it eventually, maybe. Fortunately for us, David Kingham is there and his amazing photographs including this one are a great blend of artistic touch with a beautiful night sky and foreground.
Devils tower was the first National Monument; declared in 1906 by Teddy Roosevelt. It’s a laccolith that protrudes out of the ground 1,267 ft. into the Wyoming sky. Technically the sedimentary land surrounding it was laid down over 100 million years ago and over time it has been eroded, exposing the igneous intrusive phonolite rock material that makes up Devils Tower, giving it the impression of rising from the ground. An interesting fact about Devils Tower is that as the magma cooled it formed thousands of hexagonal columns (though they range from 4-7 sided columns). You can also find these hexagonal features just 3.5 miles northwest of Devils Tower at the Missouri Buttes as well as Devils Postpile National Monument in California, Giants Causeway in the United Kingdom and Columnar Basalt in Hungary. The tower is a cultural and religious focal point for local tribes who leave offerings at its base. Many climb it, but the first to ascend the tower were two local cowboys who did so by constructing a wooden ladder. Remnants of the ladder are still attached to the tower today. Oh, and if you spell it “Devil’s” you’re actually wrong; when it was declared by the President he accidentally left out the apostrophe and that spelling is now the official spelling.
This is definitely a place you want to get to if you have the opportunity. Amazing geology and from what I hear, like most natural formations, you have to stand and see it with your own eyes to really take it in.
David Kingham Photography: http://www.davidkinghamphotography.com/