Even in dreams untold, it's rare to happen upon a place so magical and moving that its very existence challenges all previous boundaries of beauty. "A weird and scenic landscape peculiar to itself," is how President Calvin Coolidge described Idaho's Craters of the Moon when he established this national monument in 1924. Like a scene penned by Dante Alighieri, this preserve melds dramatic black cinder buttes, tangled vegetation, and rafted lava to create an almost Stygian topography.
The ascent of Inferno Cone; Bracelet by Hermes
Shirt Dress by Saint Augustine Academy; Platforms by Charlotte Olympia
After walking up a sea of blackness...
...A sole tree, ensconced by sagebrush, beckons from the top
Garden of white dwarf buckwheat plants
Natural spacing lends to a mosaic of striking imagery
The parasitic effects of dwarf mistletoe on a pine tree along Devil's Orchard
Island-like lava fragments stand in a sea of cinders
Have an extraordinary weekend!