A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
022: Mushroom Rock
Not far from Badwater, where we observed a shallow pool of water in the immense desert of Death Valley, is a strangely shaped basalt rock that once had the name “Devil’s Throne”; with time, and due to human intervention, the rock had become much smaller and is now known as “Mushroom Rock”, referring to its shape.
It was once described as: “This mass of old basalt has been eroded into its unusual shape by temperature extremes, water, rain, and wind-blown sand and salt.” Until recently, the rock was included in the list of 49 highlights of Death Valley, but now it no longer appears on that list, since many tourists touched and climbed the rock, causing further crumbling of the basalt rock.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 1999, 2017