Lots of you guys have been here and could find it at night, drunk, and blindfolded. Well, I know I can...
For all the others : it's located right next to the main road, some 9 miles from the park entrance. Balanced Rock is one of the most iconic and popular features in the area. Which means you'll find hordes of morons on this trail. Plenty of them are actually quite friendly, they don't have a clue and don't speak a single word of English, but keep nodding and smiling under a rainfall of abusive language. The more you shout and gesticulate to get them out of the way, the more they nod & smile & center up in your sensor. I do admire their aplomb, but I still think they should die.
Unfortunately, this is a war you're never gonna win. Morons' mothers are always pregnant...
The total height of Balanced Rock is 128 feet (39 m.), with the 55 feet high (16,75 m.) boulder on top equaling the size of three school buses. It looks as if carefully placed on its stand, but in reality it's the sandstone around it that wore away. Also : a similar but way smaller balanced rock called "Chip Off The Old Block" used to stand nearby. That's to say, until the winter of 1975, when it finally crumbled into pieces.
...and the more you shout and gesticulate, the more they're waving back at you! Well, morons will never become extinct, it's called "survival of the dumbest", I think. ;o)
Anyway, great shot of this fabulous rock that's probably on 50% of my pictures from the Southwest, LOL. The angle is a bit different from what we usually see, and those clouds are another eye-catcher. Looks like a UFO invasion... Good ol' B.R. will always be one of my favourites in the Southwest and I'm glad I won't be there to see it fall somewhere in the far future. Speaking of which, did you hear that Ephemeral Arch at Valley of Fire has collapsed? Now I'm mad at myself for not seeing it on my last trip...
Have a great day, too, and don't work too hard!
Ephemeral Arch collapsed? That's really BAD news! It always makes me sad when stuff like that happens...
Y'know, 8 days before taking this B.R. shot, in the night of August 4, 2008, Wall Arch (on the Devil's Garden Trail) fell into a thousand pieces. One minute it was there, the next it was gone... I didn't know it and found out upon discovering the trail was closed at Landscape Arch.
You have a good day, I'll be seeing ya in a second. I'm free for the rest of the day (but I started working at 6.00 AM). HUGS,
An all over perfect photo. Especially the contrast in colours here is stunning - as the rock formation is. These feathery clouds are a beautiful detail and a wonderful contrast to the massive rock. A place to marvel ...
Greetings from Germany!
hahaha, I really enjoyed reading your note!!! :D I can imagine how you felt, these morons are everywhere!! Honestly, I think these people are being bred just to annoy each and everyone around them. Hereīs what I think: If someone keeps running in front of my lens and wouldnīt go away even though I friendly asked him to move at least 3 freaking times I should be allowed to kill him :D
But I see you managed to get a good shot even with these morons getting in your way. Itīs a very nice shot of a truly unusual rock formation. Love these clouds in the background, they look great in combination with the rock in the fg.
Take good care,
fulvio52 (2010/06/02 08:40:42): Mark,
I totally agree with you, after 3 times they should be disposed of. Regardless & merciless.
Unfortunately, there's just no way to stay ahead of them. Their mothers are always pregnant, they just keep coming... hehehehe!
Seriously : it took me in excess of half an hour and a lot of shenanigans to get a total of TWO moron-free shots of Balanced Rock. One of which is the one you see...
Thanks, buddy! I really appreciate your time and kindness.
See ya soon,
On the theory that if life keeps handing you lemons, you might as well make lemonade, I propose that Peter & Co. add a new category: Morons. That way we can get some use out of all those shots they get into! (And any shot in the Moron category should not count against our daily quota.)
Aside from that... Great shot here, I really like the way the light and shadows play on the rock, and the positioning of the clouds - hard to get right when you're looking out for morons - really complements the rock nicely.
Now look carefully at the narrow side of the balanced rock. Don't you see a face there, with the mouth disgustedly saying "morons!"
that's a GREAT idea! A Moron category, with any shot in it not counting against our daily quota, sounds like big time FUN to me! And why not? LOL!!!
Man, I was finally able to get away with two clean shots, but I lost in excess of half an hour AND MY TEMPER in the process. The thing that always drives me NUTS is the fact I don't exactly live around the corner and there's no way for me to tell when or whether I'll be able to return & get another chance... Yeah, next year, if everything works out and I'm still alive...
Thanks for passing by, much appreciated!
Have a good day,
You didn't answer Dan's comment about the 'moron' face on the rock. You know he's right and it looks as if you punched his eyes out! ;D
Excellent shot of this Arches' icon (now I can't look at it without seeing Dan's 'moron'!) The red rock colours are perfectly rendered and I love those spaceship clouds (maybe the 'morons' were beamed up)Thoughtfully chosen POV; different from the norm. Well done
yeah, I forgot answering Dan's comment. He's definitely right! LOL!!!
And let me add that living in Amsterdam, The Mother Of All Moronic Places, doesn't help much either... Seeing nothing but morons on a daily basis makes it pretty hard to retain some sanity & not to turn into one myself.
Thanks for passing by! Much appreciated, as always.
Have a nice evening,
Reading the reactions you got, I am pretty sure that we see a moron here, Kath recognized him very well. But anyway, I like your suggestion of a new category, should be called content free moron area or something like this;-)
Strong contrasts here, and the good rock texture makes it. Looks a bit like the integrated moron smokes.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
Man die lucht, dat blauw met die witte slierten, het moet wel kraakhelder zijn geweest die dag, zo helder zien we het hier 1 x in de 3 jaar en op die momenten zit ik altijd op m'n werk ;-)
Topplaat kwa kleur, en ook al is het onderwerp well-known, doet niets af aan de uiteindelijke kwaliteit..!!!
Het was inderdaad kraakhelder. Precies wat je zegt : dat zien wij hier in Nederland zeer zelden en als het gebeurt ben je dan met hele andere dingen mee bezig. Het is nu donderdag, 6.30 's ochtends, en als ik naar buiten kijk zie ik dat het toevallig zonnig en kraakhelder is! Met andere woorden : ik zou op dit moment heel graag met de Canon in Marken of op de Zaanse Schans willen staan, maar ik moet zo meteen naar mijn werk... Gewoon KUT!
Dankjewel voor je bezoek, Henk!
Ik wens je nog een fijne dag. Tot later,
Good sharp clear detail in this iconic piece of rock. Hey I think Mother nature carved out that face just for you my friend. This could be the posterchild for morons all around the world.....LOL!
Hello Fulvio! I am at the Airport in Grand Junction/CO waiting for an evening flight to ... YES Moab ... no kidding. Just checking emails, sms and some of the pictures that went on-line in the meantime. We have a wonderful time so far, the more you dive into this land, the more you get back. Some of the cactus are in full bloom around the house (the red ones), just lovely. About the moron topic: It is also many times the so-called adventurers ... and not only the ordinary tourist ... that drive me crazy. They think they are different but they break the rules as much if not sometimes even more. They behave like they would love nature wearing fancy outdoor gear but actually they only see their adventure like running over plants with their bikes, disturb animals etc. etc. I have not seen many foreign tourists so far although the Colorado National Monument is visited a lot of course (we have to drive through it to reach the house) but a million times less than Arches N.P. Actually there is no need to go to the parks much, there is so much more outside. I have just overflown this landscape on our way to Henksville, there is a LOT of space left. But I agree, there is no end in sight, we are too many people on this planet. But to be honest, I also had professional photographers in my way so it is not only the moron type. When you do Arches in the early morning hour most have tripods ... and speak English. I am in a moron-free environment at the moment sharing the email room with the US Airforce :))) so I guess I have to let these guys write some emails too ... All my best, take care and see you later, Barbara.
what a nice surprise, thanks for passing by! So, you are just about to fly to Moab, uh? AWESOME!
I'm so glad to hear you're having a wonderful time, I had no doubt you would, we all have when we are in that neighborhood, but it's nice when you can feel the real vibes like now that I'm reading your words and I know you are there!
Yes, morons... There's no end to that story, they come in in all kinds, shapes, and colors.
Here in Holland we got bike paths all over the place, which is one of the very few things I really like about this country. Once you get out of town you would think you can relax, enjoy the countryside on a nice sunny day, no rush, and so on. And you could, if it wasn't for the usual moronic losers who think they are training for the Tour de France! Like they own the path, they shout at you to get out of their way while rushing at 60 kmh on tracks sometimes barely wide to have two bikers standing next to each other... It the same old story, everywhere you go : manure for brains & lots of unthinking idiots!
Anyways, I know you are in a wonderful moron-free environment at the present time, that's COOL. I wish I could be around, I'd sure pass by for a cup of early morning coffee!
Have a GREAT time, enjoy yourself in God's Country.
your name was mentioned several times during the last two weeks, especially when we were close to collapsing near our 4600m pass in Peruvian Andes, lol :) no morons there though, I guess not enough oxygen for them. usually wasn't enough for us too, as a result I have very few photos, getting camera out of the backpack was too much of an effort, lol.
but back to your photo - love how the cloud seems to mirror the shape of the rock, for me it enhances the feeling that the rock is suspended in thin air. nice :)
and thanks for passing by!
So, you guys took another trip to the Andes, uh? Awesome environment, and I can imagine at those elevations pretty much... moron-free! Glad y'all made it back in one piece and mighty proud to hear my name was repeatedly mentioned in the line of duty. LOL!!!
Make sure to say hello to Kristaps for me, I'll be looking forward to your upcoming posts!
I've been missing you both, and I know I'm not the only one.
Have a wonderful weekend. HUGS,
You have a wonderful weekend too, I'll pass by your latest Venice post later on in the day.
It looks like summer has finally reached Holland! I might even be able to do some shooting today... hooray!
See you later. HUGS,
Hi Fulvio, I almost choked in my tsipouro while reading the part of the eternal pregnant moron's mothers - you're a hoot :-)) But let's talk about the pic - it's a great portrayalof this perilious looking rock en de compositie is heel sterk en uitgebalanceerd - mede door de wolken. Kleuren en definitie zijn opnieuw op niveau. Een prachtige plaat !
Fijn weekend verder !
sono tornato ieri notte dal mio piccolo viaggetto al nord. E' stato abbastanza fruttuoso anche se ormai siamo al limite sia per girare comodamente (sta facendo giā troppo caldo qui) che per fotografare: alle 9 di mattina la luce č giā troppo forte e bisogna aspettare le 7 di sera perchč diventi decente.
Ecco che trovo un'altro dei tuoi capolavori "rocciosi"!
Non sono sicuro ma mi sembra che questa foto l'ho giā vista su TE, o sbaglio?
questi colori brillanti, il cielo saturo e quella nuvoletta provvidenziale dietro ne fanno una cattura e un lavoro eccellente. Di quelle foto che fanno brillare gli occhi...
I remember this POV well, and it is a pleasure to view it again and again. Love the way the clouds scatters all over the brilliant sky that can only get so blue out in the desert or higher elevation due to the dryness. Excellent clarity and sharpness. Congrats and Thanks.
Still you somehow managed to get them out of the way to capture your trademark glowing reds and blues all with excellent sharpness...and I'll bet you didn't even have a tripod to swing!! Three school buses, sure wouldn't want to be nearby when this came crashing down!!
Love the polarized sky in back of this famous rock. The light is perfect exposing all the rich textures of this old timer. The contrast between the red and blue sky is first rate.
Give Freddy A Hug,
Tom, Bud and Gun
oh dear, how could I miss this? It's time that the favorite function is up and running! Fantastic photo with all classical elements, a joy to look at. But your note really gave me a good laugh. Yes, moron's mom is always pregnant and thinks that lots of kids are so fun! I can just picture you gesticulating and them waving back - I've experienced that myself and it always makes me wonder what would happen if one of their two brain cells forgot to wake them in the morning.... :-)
Have a great weekend, my friend! Give doggie a scratch and take good care!
Yeah, I've been thinking the same about the favorite function (and several other things for that matter). The site's growing, slowly but growing, posts start coming in at a faster rate, there are days I simply got no time to check in, which means dig back later on and try to find out who's been posting what... It'd sure be great to have it finally up and running!
If one of their 2 cells forgot to wake the up in the morning? They'd die without knowing, one less problem for us. Unfortunately, they keep breeding like rabbits...
Doggie'll get his scratch + cookie in a moment, after his nightwalk.