Puzzle time! Take a look at these clues (photos I took on a recent mini-vacation) and see if you can figure out what’s going on here. The individual pictures aren’t much, but when you look at them together with the knowledge that all photos were taken within 100 yards of one another, I’m sure you’ll notice that something seems awry!
I’m hoping this will spark some good conversation/debate, and I’ll chime in once in a while with additional hints as needed…so if you haven’t figured it out yet, keep coming back! I may even answer questions if you ask nicely!
First, no clues except that the pictures were all taken facing the same direction (eastward) and – as stated above – are within 100 yards of one another. Need more information, like a general location, to be confident in your answer? Of course you do, but that would be too easy! Have some fun with this puzzle. Put the pieces together and let’s hear some guessing!
8/31/11 – All photos taken within 100 yards of one another along a relatively straight line.
8/31/11 – All photos are in order, with the exception of photo #4, which was taken between photos 2 and 3 (but these and other fossils can be observed throughout the entire area).
9/2/11 – Don’t be afraid to comment/ask questions!!!
9/2/11 – Try to think about where these pictures may have been taken…rock type and fossils might help with that.
9/2/11 – Jeff’s comment (posted on Sept. 1st) nailed the rock type! Be sure to add your own comments and read my responses for more.
9/3/11 – These pictures were not taken far from home. Sub-hint: You may want to look around other parts of the site to see what this means.
9/3/11 – Topography of the area is relatively flat, with the exception of a large “pit” in which this lake (background) exists. We’re on top of the northern slope at the edge of the depression.
9/4/11 – This happened fairly recently (extremely recently if you use the geologic time scale).
9/5/11 – If you’re reading the comments (which you should), we’ve gotten some great observations…but what caused the vertical beds in picture #3?
9/5/11 – The presence of the lake is important to solving this puzzle! Namely, why is there a large “pit” in the middle of a flat area?
9/5/11 – What can move large rocks in a relatively short period of time?
No more hints! I feel like people are getting close, but haven’t quite gotten the big picture…yet. The solution will be revealed later this week in a separate post so as not to spoil it for those who want to keep guessing. I’ll also include some background information on the area’s geology and how the processes that have occurred here have affected those living in the region.
Thanks to those who have shared their thoughts!
*UPDATE* – Anxious to see if you were right? Check out the post, In The Pits to find out!