The Native Americans have other names for this volcanic formation in the 4 Corners region but the world knows it by the name given by the European Americans, “Shiprock”. I suppose if you’ve been landlocked long enough, this throat of a long since eroded volcano might remind you of a clipper ship.

The Navajo name likens it to a bird with wings, referring to the several long, thin dikes that radiate out for miles from the rock itself. Exposed after millions of years of erosion, one of the dikes dominates the horizon to the left of the rock in this early morning image.

All Photographs © 2020 John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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