Solbit asks, “Does This Picture Look Upside Down To You?”

Dear Nicalai,

Another thing I want to show you about Canyonlands National Park:  A lot of things appear to be upside-down, but they aren’t!  It can be weird being in some of those spots that look upside-down but aren’t. Weird but fun.  Really, you’ve got to visit this magical place.

This picture confuses me. The big heavy rock should be at the bottom, right? We saw this on the Cave Spring Trail.

When I first got near some of these upside-down places, just looking at them made my head feel funny, and my eyes wanted me to stand on my head.  I’ve tried standing on my head and am no good at it.  I think my head is too pointy.  Can you stand on your head?

How can I explain what happened to make these upside-down places in this huge park?  Again, water and gravity went to work on these rocks and, over millions of years, just whimsically sculpted out weird formations.

These magical, upside-down rocks make me think that they want an audience to look at them. Nona walked me under a lot of them, and they didn’t collapse on us.

Wow, did these places have an audience when we were there.  We weren’t the only ones enjoying these mind spinning views.  On the other hand, it wasn’t too crowded, and everyone was very nice to each other.  You know that everywhere we travel around the world and here in the US, the people we meet — plus the occasional plastic dinosaur cousin — are friendly and helpful.

The lizards here seem to like the right-side-up type of rocks. Look at those long toes, good for climbing and hanging on!

If I were living here, I’d be like that lizard.  I like my world right-side up.  Going to upside-down places is ok for amusement once in a while, but for day-to-day living I want right-side up.  For example, who can work on an upside-down desk with and upside-down computer? I would never get a letter to you written!

9332 – pocket garden, Caption: “Ever hear the song, “Islands in the Stream?” This is more interesting; it’s an island in the Rock. A lot of these islands can be seen in Canyonlands.

Those island gardens started me thinking.  I asked Nona, “Can we please make some island gardens like those when we settle down in a place some day?” She’s thinking about it, but says that where we’re going won’t have those big rocks to hold an island garden.

Ever hear the song, “Islands in the Stream?” This is an island in the Rock. A lot of these islands can be seen in Canyonlands.

That got me to thinking some more.  I suggested that we could pour lot of concrete behind our place — if we ever stop traveling — and shape it like those rocks and make the garden in the depression after the concrete gets really, really hard. We just dump a pile of sand in the depression and put plants in it!

Nona said, “Yes, we could do that, but we won’t because our neighbors would not appreciate a huge lump of concrete next to them.”  She is so practical, and, as you can see, she really thinks about the other person, not just what she wants.  I’ve got to work on that in myself. I guess I’m too focused just on what I want.

Bye!

I’m your friend.

Love,

 

 

 

Solbit

May 2017

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

Solbit Wanders Magical Canyonlands on a Cloudy Day

Dear Nicalai,

Do you have any idea the strength of water?  Yes, that stuff you drink, bathe in, and that just slops through your hands into the sink and disappears down the drain.  I never, never thought of water as having strength.  Muscles have strength, dynamite has strength, but I thought water was just a weak liquid.  Wrong.

When Nona and Papa took me to a national park called Canyonlands, I learned about the amazing strength of water.  Canyons opened my eyes to what water can do.

Oh, I read this on Wikipedia: Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere.”

When you see rocks in the distance like those in my photo, you’ve got to ask yourself a question, “How did those rocks get like that?”  Papa says that asking yourself questions and seeking answers to them might be the best part of growing up, although he liked riding his bike, too.  So, that’s when I popped my question, “How did those rocks get like that, Papa?” He replied with a question, “What do you think, Solbit?” He does that a lot.

Meanwhile, Nona’s thoughts were up in the clouds.

Nona, our photographer-in-chief, says that she likes cloudy-day lighting for photos — not for lightening but for lighting.

Girl, I like clouds too, but no way clouds made these deep gouges in the earth that we call canyons.  “Nona, let’s forget the clouds and focus, please,” I appealed to her.  “Let’s think about my question, what made these canyons and these towers of rocks?”

Papa and I like cloudy-day lighting for hiking. He doesn’t get so sunburned, and I don’t get more orange than I already am.

That’s when Nona and Papa chimed in together, “Clouds, Solbit.  Clouds drop water on the ground. Clouds begin to answer your question. Now, tell us, what happens after the water hits the ground?”

Well, I knew the answer to that.  The ground soaks up the water. “Yes, but, Solbit, what if there’s too much water to soak up?” I knew! Then we get creeks and rivers and waterfalls where the water moves.  “Right. Rivers like the Colorado and the Green Rivers. Now, what makes the water move?”  Gravity? I asked.  “Yes, and over millions of years, what does that moving water do to the ground and the rock?” It gets worn away, right? “Right!”

Just imagine how may strong bulldozers and workers it would have taken to make these canyons and towers.  Couldn’t be done.  No way! But water did that.  Well, water and gravity.

Papa led the way through this deep slot in the rocks. Water and gravity carved out this lovely place.  We enjoyed going into places like this and being surprised by what we saw on the other side.

Canyonlands is full of surprises…all thanks to water and gravity! What a great day we had wandering around the canyons and asking questions.  Just one of my best days ever, magical.

Bye!

I’m your friend.

Love,

 

 

 

Solbit

May 2017

*New reader? Get oriented below.

  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”