Valley of giants

Walking around in the barren landscape created by the seasonal low water level at Folsom Lake, I feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of massive granite boulders scattered everywhere. I’ve never gotten too interested in geology, but I can’t help wondering about the forces that formed these stone giants and how they ended up in their present positions. Some of them also spark my imagination with their odd shapes, so I may be looking at an angel, an Easter Island head, a giant thumb, or a parade of Emperor penguins.

A guardian angel, or maybe a weary backpacker?

It’s even more amazing to think that during the late spring and summer most these mighty rocks are completely submerged under water and provide hiding places for fish, crustaceans, and freshwater mollusks.

I can’t help seeing a parade of penuins in this line of rocks

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