One of those little moments when you chance upon something astonishing and it stops you in your tracks. It wasn’t the rock, just a photograph of it.
Smith Journal (smithjournal.com.au) is always a welcome arrival with its rich and eclectic mix of whatever takes them. So no surprise thats where this image was. Or that it brought on a hushed ‘wow’.
The rock lives in Tayma, a long settled oasis town in northwestern Saudi Arabia (saudi-archaeology.com/gigapan/al-naslaa-tayma). Archaeologists believe the almost perfect vertical fracture to be a natural phenomenon but are not altogether certain how it came about.
The opinion in the studio here is split too. The quasi-magical majesty of Nature versus some sort of James Cameron-esque-alien-death-ray-from-space. Either way, rock on!