basalt cliffs


Seemingly right in the middle of Iguazu Falls, Argentina


Today in ICELAND: Glaciers! Misty mountains! More waterfalls! Basalt columns (“dwarf cliffs”)! And the iceberg-filled glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón, aka the most ethereal, spectacularly otherworldly landscape I’ve ever seen in my LIFE.


#TravelTuesday with Guest Photographer Bob Wick to Northwest Oregon’s BLM Wilds!

Numerous rivers form along western Oregon’s Cascade Range and flow through steep conifer lined valleys. They offer endless photo subjects and a broad array of recreation activities.  One of my favorite river corridors is the Molalla – less than 60 miles from Portland it makes for an easy urban escape and has a lot of diversity in a compact location.  You can explore more than 20 miles of trails on foot, horseback or mountain bike.   The river itself offers great fishing opportunities and numerous swimming holes for warm summer afternoons. For those wishing to spend the night, several dispersed campsites and one developed campground are located along the corridor.  

The Molalla corridor offers year-round photography interest, although the bright greens during spring leaf-out  in April and the fall colors of early October are my favorite times.  The river corridor has many big leaf and vine maples which turn yellow and orange in the fall.  

Photo tip: Include foreground interest in your landscape images – river rocks, flowers, fallen autumn leaves or other objects of interest will give the photo depth.  

At the Molalla River headwaters, the Table Rock Wilderness offers an entirely different suite of opportunities. A 3.3 mile trail winds past majestic basalt cliffs and old-growth fir forest to the top of Table Rock itself. Here are unmatched vistas of Cascade Volcanoes stretching across three states – from Mt. Rainer Washington in the north, to Mt. Shasta, California in the south.  The trails here are snowed in during winter and spring.

Photo tip:  Rivers like the Mollala with riffles and small falls that make for interesting subjects. You must use very slow shutter speeds to make water take on a misty flowing look – I use ½ second or longer.  A tripod is a must.  Shoot on cloudy days or other low lighting conditions so that you can slow down your shutter to the correct exposure.

Check out our @esri Northwest Oregon’s BLM Wilds multimedia storymap for more stunning photos, videos, helpful links and maps of the area:

Reynisdrangar | Iceland

Reynisdrangar is a bay in ICELAND , surrounded by beautiful basalt cliffs. Located under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village of Vík í Myrdal in southern Iceland, this beach of lava rocks was chosen in 1991 to one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world context.

Nature is fascinating and our driving force !
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Cliffs of basalt along the Yakima River, Washington.


Welcome to the Yakima River Canyon, where Highway 821 parallels the gentle Yakima River for 27 miles, through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills. Follow this scenic pathway for glimpses of rich wildlife and plant communities, echoes of a historical past and many opportunities for recreational enjoyment.

This canyon has been designated as a state scenic route and offers excellent wildlife viewing, fishing in a Blue Ribbon trout stream, family river rafting and camping. BLM manages over 9000 acres in the Yakima River Canyon area, including four developed river access sites. Follow the meandering river, as it slices between basalt cliffs formed by centuries-old upheavals. It’s thought that Yakima River predates those stony ramparts, once flowing across a relatively flat landscape. As rock ridges rose, river erosion equaled the walls which once formed part of one of the largest lava fields in the world, said to have covered 200,000 square miles in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.


The Faroe Islands are found in-between Norway and Iceland. They originally formed from volcanism as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge began to open the North Atlantic, but today they’re stranded and volcanically inactive. The lava flows are being gradually eaten away by the ocean and by glaciers, forming spectacular cliffs and fjords seen in this video.

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Almost a “Standard” view near Reykjavik, Iceland. Small waterfall, horizontal layers in the distance covered by snow that represent older and eroded basalt flows. The moss in the foreground covers many of the low lying lava flows within a few hundred years of their formation.

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An aerial view of Seljalandfoss in Iceland.

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Latourell Falls, perhaps the best-known waterfall along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Probably the most visited of the waterfalls on that gorge also as it is the closest to Portland. These falls are a 76 meter straight drop over a cliff of Columbia River basalt; many of the other waterfalls along that gorge have several levels, so the straight drop here is also impressive. Note the weak columnar jointing in the lower layer of the basalt.

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Rainbow falls near Hilo, Hawaii

Colorful vine maples adorn the basalt monolith of Oregon’s Table Rock Wilderness. A 3.3 mile long trail with a modest grade climbs through stately forest past tall basalt cliffs before topping out at drop-dead gorgeous viewpoints stretching from high Cascade Peaks to the Willamette Valley. Table Rock stands at 4,881 feet above sea level and has a rich forest of Douglas fir and western hemlock, with noble fir at higher elevations.

Follow along all day today as the Bureau of Land Management (mypubliclands) takes over Interior’s Instagram account, sharing the vast and rugged landscapes of the National Conservation Lands. The newest national system of public lands, the National Conservation Lands celebrate their 15th birthday this week.

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Oh My Goodness. Icelandic Waterfall Skogafoss from directly above. Drone Shot. Wow.