Devil’s Punchbowl

Nestled directly on the San Andreas Fault is the Devil’s Punchbowl.  Per Wikipedia, “The peculiar uptilted rock formations found in the area are layers of sedimentary rocks formed long ago by water depositing loose material in horizontal layers. Later they were squeezed into their present, steeply tilted form by ongoing uplift action along the Punchbowl and Pinyon Faults and by pressures along the San Andreas Fault. The Punchbowl Fault is to the south of the rock formation, while the Pinyon and San Andreas Faults are to the north.”

We arrived just before sunrise and hiked a short, easy trail in search of the right shots.  I didn’t find too much in the way of interesting larger views, so I concentrated on shooting some of the interesting trees, dead wood and cactus, paying close attention to the rising sun and using it to my advantage.  I’m quite pleased with these three shots.

Cactus-2 Cactus-4 Cactus

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