Alien Talking Heads.

Sedna’s Queens. Obviously we are not in Sedna, but we may as well be. I also made up these names.

The surface of Sedna. Sedna is thought to be the most distant dwarf planet in our solar system and was discovered in 2003.

The enthroned Queen. We are in Arches National Park in Utah which looks like a cross between Petra, Egypt, and some alien world.


The Four Pharoahs.


Valley of the Kings.


Tower of Babel.

Munch’s Balancing Brain.

Climbing Devils Thumb. (Click to enlarge the photo and you can see the technical climber about thrity feet from the summit.)

Anteojos. (Glasses in Spanish)
Cheers to you from Arches National Park in Utah~
We are traveling between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, so internet is spotty, but I will touch base with you when I can.

289 thoughts on “Sedna~

        1. At least in this situation, he could probably rappel straight down, but in other more difficult climbs, the descent could seemingly be worse than the ascent, in both cases, gravity is not your friend. But what do I know? I have never done a technical climb.

            1. Today I got close to a non-technical but challenging cliimb. It was steep and had cables bored into the mountain to hold on to and foot holds carved in the rock. There were even ladders going up the faces. This would be my limit in climbing!

    1. It’s called Red Rock Country, and as soon as you enter it, you know! I was struck by the green soil though in Arches. I am guessing maybe biological decompostion of rocks coupled with copper sulfate oxidation, but I haven’t had time to look it up yet. I haven’t figured out the black layer on much of the rock faces yet. I’m assuming leaking fossil fuel, but am most likely wrong. I am used to Red Rock Country. I have been going there since I was really young, but Arches is different, and I have never been here before, and there is a lot of geology here I don’t understand which is wonderful, because it means I have more to learn~

  1. Wow, Cindy, these pictures are awesome! I love your comparisons to an alien planet LOL. I apparently visited Utah but I was only 5 years old so I don’t remember much. I certainly won’t be doing any climbing like that with my arms and legs but it is fascinating to see. I would like to visit again one of these days.

    1. You are awesome Lydia and I know it! <3
      The place itself is always better than the photos, in much the same way that books are always better than the movies made about them.

  2. WOWZA!!! u just blew me away with these pics, Cindy…such beauty, color and amazing composition…the spirituality emanating from these sculptures by mom nature is stunning–i had to catch my breath😳😃🤗

          1. I’ve looked at lots of pics of rocks like these but never have a felt such a strong reverential connection…it’s a most beautiful and healing vibration…thank u Cindy for being my friend too..I know u sense reverence and spiritual energy too..we r both blessed to be given the awareness & sensitivity to appreciate it.😍❤️🙏🏼

            1. Yes I do have this spiritual awareness that adds so much beauty and reverance to life. I am happy you have this too and glad you shared it with me. It is important to find people who understand. <3

              1. Yes..I really have no friends who share in this heightened awareness…but I continue to express my perceptions with them, whether they’re “on board” or not-I believe speaking UR truth is essential to actualizing it…

              2. I’m very happy I have u to share it with..yesterday I was out hiking and encountered some turkey vultures..we just sat and watched each other, then one flew up into the sky and I mimicked his flying pattern and we wound up circling around each other for about 15 was a form of connecting and communicating-I’m sure the other Homer’s thought I was nuts but I’m not bothered by that anymore..

                    1. And u have to send very positive energy..I “fly” with my crows too..they will go in circles till I’m tired and dizzy 😵 😸but it’s so spiritually uplifting it’s well worth it😁

  3. these formations are iron rich banded sandstones that have been eroded by the wind.(alluvial) The wind basically sand blasts them.Sandstone is a sedimentary rock & as a result is naturally soft. The bedding looks like it’s pretty much stayed in the same position & has had very little uplift. Water can do the same thing,but I don’t think this area gets much rain?
    I’d love to shoot these right near sunset when the colours would be even richer!
    Great find & shots Cindy!

    1. Yes, you are right. it would have been so much better to shoot them in optimal light, but since the clouds moved in, this was the best I could do. I think they are pretty amazing in even poor light. And you are right about erosion in the South West Us, it shapes all sorts of masterpieces, like The Grand Canyon.

    1. Thank you so much Tina. You well know how gorgeous this country is and it is especially appealing in November when the crowds are non-existant and the weather cool. Hugs to you my friend~ <3

  4. Sure does look extraterrestrial to me! This place has so much character! The landscape diversity on our planet is amazing isn’t it? These rock formations along with Painted Rock in Utah have been on my list of things to see, so thanks for this great reminder Cindy!

    1. I have never heard of Painted Rock. I will google it to wee where/what it is. We are going to look for Petroglyphs today near Canyonlands National Park. Cheers to you Lynn~ <3

  5. Gosh, Cindy, all this wonderful and exotic places and spaces you visit! 🙂 We love your take on this one. Sedna, discovered by Cindy Knoke. America has got so much beauty and amazing views to offer.

    “Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”
    Author: Edward Abbey

    1. Thank you so much Duncan! The first one looked to me like the stone people in Pompeii, but these creatures are huge and look like aliens. The whole places sets your imagination flying. Hope you are well my friend & cheers to you~

  6. The rock formation are amazing. They spark your imagination just like looking at the cloud but they are on the ground. Great captures of the place and these amazing formation. Love “The Four Pharoahs”.

    1. Aren’t the pharoahs incredibe. And I know just what you mean about the formations, some of them look almost purposely constructed rather than nature made, and I think this is what gets one imagination going. So happy you know just what I mean~

  7. Someone who runs those pictures flash fiction should borrow one of these pictures of yours. The area is beautiful in color and uniqueness. I see an alien planet with stone people. I would love to see the series people come up with. And interesting place.

  8. Isn’t it amazing the imagery that comes from stone formations? Like a consciousness unseen is at work trying to tell us things….a story. Lovely photos as always Cindy! Love to you!

    1. Oh this statement sums this up so perfectly, “a consciousness unseen is at work trying to tell us things…” Things is just what it seems like. Today we are going to see petroglyphs and this is exactly what will be occuring!

  9. Another adventure and a great group of clear and colorful photos. You can almost imagine how our earth erupted with plumes of lava billions of years ago. Likewise you can picture the wind and waters carving these beautiful images for the next few millions of years. Thanks for sharing Cindy.

    1. Yes one can imagine this! But how did massive unattached boulders get placed precariously to balance upon massive spires looking just like an alien head!!!!! Laughing…..It is a place for the imagination to fly! Cheers to you Wally & hope you are well~

    1. There are also Capitol Reef and Canyonlands and Arches. At the end of this trip I will have seen all of them finally, but there are also most worthwhile national monuments too. Utah is amazing country!

      1. Did you make it to the Sego Canyon Petroglyphs just north of Arches and I-70, Cindy? Some of the most other-worldly petroglyphs/pictoglyphs I have seen. If ever there was an argument for alien visitors… 🙂 Curt

  10. Wow I can see why it’s called Devil’s Thumb – I don’t know if I’d be climbing it! But I think these are amazing photos and I’m so glad you’re sharing them with us <3

  11. We went through the Arches too a few years ago with friends. The rocks and formations are amazing and incredible wonders of nature. I love Utah. We also went through Zion Nat’l Park too and that was real pretty.

    1. Zion and Bryce are gorgeous aren’t they. I don’t know why we have never been to Arches, Canyonland or Monument Valley. I am just glad we are correcting this now! Utah is unique and very unusual~

  12. queste grandi formazioni rocciose dal colore così intenso incutono un certo timore, sembrano giganti che abitano nella roccia e si pensa possano risvegliarsi da un attimo all’altro
    meravigliose visioni
    grazie e buona domenica

  13. You forgot “Red Rock Canyon” in Nevada bordering the edge of Lake Mead….this stuff is just truly WEIRD. My grandfather (the Alchemist) tried to explain it to me but … didn’t “take”. However all of this is so Well Worth Seeing…even if it does bring up more questions than answers. ~~dru~~

    1. I have been to Red Rock Canyon and it is stunning and I saw the wild mules and horses there. I liked something today I read in Canyonlands. It was a descriptor of the formation of this massive crater and it gave four possible choices (hypotheses) for the crater’s formation. I so loved the admission that the best we can do about the formation of so many things are educated guesses. It is better than pretending we know it all which we surely don’t.

    1. Awww, thank you Rhonda. These photos were just Arches. We were in Canyonlands today and will be in Monument Valley in a few days. Each is distinctive in it’s own way although Arches blew me away~

  14. Bonjour BELLE CINDY merci pour ces belles montagnes rocheuses

    J’ai vu ton passage sur mon blog
    Je me permets de rentrer dans ton univers
    Pour te dire merci
    Merci de ta fidélité
    Merci de tes commentaires
    Merci du fond du coeur
    Merci pour tout
    je te souhaite une très bonne journée

    Une excellente semaine à venir avec une petite chute de température

    Reste bien au chaud

    Prends bien soin de toi

    Gros bisous Bernard

  15. Your images speak volumes for one of my favorite areas of the Southwest. During one of my first visits many, many, many moons ago, I laughed at the signage that said, “scenic view ahead.”To me the entire Southwest takes ones breath and holds it tight–it’s staggeringly inspirational and majestic.

    1. “To me the entire Southwest takes ones breath and holds it tight–it’s staggeringly inspirational and majestic.”
      I couldn’t possibly say it any better than you just did. It is a magical place. Hugs to you~

  16. Always a spectacular sight to see people near the top of some great height. Rather view them ‘up there’ than be there myself. Your fabulous photos reveal this and so much more Cindy. Thanks for this head spinning trip among these beautiful formations.

  17. Cindy, when I first saw the title for your post I thought you’d misspelled Sedona…(but I knew you’d never do that 🙂 ) Magnificent photography, as always, Cuz. NASA would be lucky to have you working their cameras. The first pic made me think of a weird new Mt. Rushmore, or, more contemporary to today, a political conference. Hahaha !!! …………. 🙂

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  20. Las fotos son espectaculares. Son auténticas esculturas de la Naturaleza, y el colorido es precioso. Gracias, Cindy por compartir estas maravillas. Un abrazo amiga <3

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    Excellent. Interesting contrast in images and origin of the name. The planet Sedna was named in honour of Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea, who is thought to live at the bottom of the frigid Arctic Ocean. 🙂

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  23. Enjoying these pictures again reminded me of what I saw with my first viewing; I am very tiny, and, considering my “stature” relative to the rest of creation, my ego is immense.

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