13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Hermit Basin

This image is from the summit of the Hermit Basin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, looking east towards the Wet Mountains and the Wet Mountain Valley. The rock outcrops on the right show the power of earth's faulting, putting the rock layers at near vertical, juxtaposed with the high altitude atmosphere, and the tranquility of the distant valley.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Westcliffe Colorado, Colorado, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © jeffrey heyer