January 31, 2008
Far off in a remote part of northwestern Kansas, just south of the tiny town of Traer in Decatur County, stands the aptly named Elephant Rock. This unusual landmark is an eroding outcrop of the Ogallala formation, from the Tertiary/Quaternary Period. It can be seen for many miles when approaching from the northeast. On this day, a sliver of the Moon in its waning crescent phase, can be detected through its "trunk and foreleg." Photo taken in January of 1999.