19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Desert Texture

Other worldly. While this landscape truly felt otherworldly to me - when I dug into the geological history of the region, I learned that this other world was actually the late Triassic period, during which time these geological features were formed by combinations of water and wind erosion, when prehistoric braided rivers shaped this landscape.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: None, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Aya Okawa