This is a close up of some of the multi-colored formations at the Bryce Point amphitheater. These HooDoos are located at Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon in south-central Utah is, to me, a magical land filled with giant rock beings – HooDoos – each with their own personality and story. The HooDoos live in large communities that have fortunately been preserved by the USA in a 56.2 mile national park. Bryce Canyon is actually not technically a series of canyons but rather more than a dozen amphitheaters, each carved at least 1000 feet high out of the chromatic limestone of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in south-central Utah.
Bryce was long used by Native Americans who were very respectful and cautious around these life forms. Contemporary occupation by immigrant white settlers began with the Mormons in the 1800s, and Ebenezer Bryce and his family eventually settled near the Park’s Paria River. It is sometime after this that these stone beings were given their usual nomenclature of HooDoos. The name refers to the use of energies in HooDoo, a form of combined magic that came to prominence in the 1800s, bringing together African American, Native American and European pagan traditions.I visited the Canyon recently and spent days enjoying and photographing what was only a small part of the stone world, who have so powerfully manifested in this area of our beautiful country.
If you’d like to learn and see more of these formations, read my blog Bryce Canyon HooDoos
This original photographic art piece by nature spirit photographer Atala Toy is pigment on paper – available as a 5×7 card with envelope, a signed 11×14 matted photograph and a signed 18×24 photograph.