Lots of ‘em too! This is the seismically active Laguna Salada Fault that lies about 50 miles east of The Holler. The ridge line is the uplifted side of the fault with rocks pushed up helter-skelter in a major quake millions of years ago. You are looking through the ridge line of the fault in this photo, into the rift valley below that was also created by this massive quake.
On the other side of the fault ridge line, the mostly empty Anza Borrego desert stretches for 100′s of miles into the horizon. These faults in Southern California are split offs from the huge San Andreas fault and create some amazingly beautiful geography. Just as with people, faults make things much more interesting……
It is estimated that this fault is capable of producing quakes between 6.5- 7.5 magnitude. It is quieter than the mighty San Andreas which is more actively moving to the north.
I love the boulders looking like some giant tossed them around, which is some ways, is exactly what happened.
In addition to earthquakes this area is also prone to wildfires. You can see evidence of the severe one that burned the entire area in 2007. You can also see mother nature at work and the regrowth that has occurred since the fire.
These powerful and potentially destructive faults, create much visual beauty. This formation looks to me like a crouching hawk. Take the Rorschach Rock test. What do you see? (I just added this question after reading comments!)
Cheers to you from Southern California’s many, interesting faults!