Pillar of the earth – WyoFile

The slender column of South Chimney Rock pricks the sky in southern Wyoming amid a jumble of badlands near the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Wyoming Game and Fish Warden Justin Dodd captured this view of the landform while hiking this winter in the Firehole Canyon area. A thin layer of snow coated the landscape, clouds lined up in the sky and the sun reflected off the dammed up water in the background.

“I was just walking out up on that ridge and it was a pretty view, so [I] decided to take a photo,” Dodd told WyoFile in an email. “It came out pretty well for just using an iPhone.”

Katie Klingsporn is WyoFile’s managing editor. She is a journalist and word geek who has been writing about life in the West for 15 years. Her pieces have appeared in Adventure Journal, National Geographic… More by Katie Klingsporn

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