Santa Rocks

December 24, 2008


Photographer: JoEtta Abo
Summary Author: JoEtta Abo

This photo of old Santa was taken June 29, 2008, in the City of Rocks, Almo, Idaho. At the right angle, this outcrop looks like an old fashion Santa -- from another angle, it could be a gnome. Up close, though, it's just a collage of rocks shapes. Our brains sometimes create recognizable objects from inanimate random objects. This phenomenon is known as pareidolia.

These huge granite rocks are ideal for rock climbing and the City of Rocks has a number of rock faces making it a popular destination for rock climbers from all over the world. Some rock pillars are 2.5 billion years old! The City of Rocks was also a landmark along the Oregon Trail for pioneers who were headed for California.