Near Winslow, Arizona.
For a decade, twice a year we traveled I-40 between Albuquerque New Mexico, and Flagstaff Arizona on our way to Buckeye or on our way home to Fargo. Every year we went past the signs that show us the turn-off to the giant meteor crater. In December, we headed back to Albuquerque to celebrate Christmas with my sister and niece. It was December 22 that we finally took the very short detour off I-40 to visit the crater. Well, the truth is, we tried to stop in 2020, but they were closed due to the pandemic. But I digress…
This part of Arizona is part of the Colorado Plateau, a desert region near the borders of Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. The area, mostly high desert is a beautiful part of the country and, according to Wikipedia, contains the greatest concentration of national parks and monuments outside of Washington DC.
Around 50,000 years ago, a meteor estimated to be about 160 ft (50 m) across struck the earth at speeds suggested anywhere from 12 to 20 km/sec (29,000 to 45,000 mph). The meteor vaporized on contact leaving only a few fragments of nickel-iron as clues to the energy of the impact.
Now owned by the family of one of the men who first discovered the crater, then filed mining claims and purchased the surrounding property, the Barringer Crater is not a public site. In a future Travel Tuesday post, we’ll get into greater detail about the Meteor Center and the tours and educational opportunities available at the Barringer Space Museum.
About the photo: From one of the several viewing platforms, I captured several views of the crater with my Samsung S20U cell phone. The high desert is visited by snow each winter and prior to our arrival, the area was covered with a light snow cover, the remnants of which were still visible on the south rim of the crater.
Once I downloaded the images into Lightroom, I used Lightroom’s panorama function to join the images creating an image that was over 12,000 by 7,000 pixels. From that image, I cropped and tweaked, finally moving the image to Luminar AI for final touches. If you’d like to view the final image in 4K HD, click on the photo above to view it on my Flickr site.
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I visited this many years ago during a trip to the Grand Canyon. You got a nice shot. When you’re standing there, it’s difficult to get a good idea of its real size.
I should have had my drone with me. >grin< I don't know if they would have let me use it, though. You need to be really far back and up to get a complete view of the crater.
I thought it would have been perfect for your drone but wondered if they’d let you use it.
I was fascinated by this place when we visited years ago, but didn’t have a camera up to capturing its scale properly. You’ve done a great job stitching these together – very impressive!
Thanks! That must have been one big rock before it hit!
I’ve seen this…you don’t realize how immense it is until you are standing on the rim.
For years, I’ve driven by the exit on I-40. I am glad I stopped this time. It is a worthy stop, and only about 6 miles from the Interstate exit.
I saw it with my boy about 20 years ago…we were on our way from one place to another. I’ve got some great photos (of boy in front of crater). Also of interest – have you seen the VLA? I took a day just to see that and sit and wait for the monstrosities to move and creak. I got a glimpse into the control room. I couldn’t go inside the room – “rules.”
Several years ago, we visited the VLA. Very interesting, but they didn’t move on the day we were there. It was a chilly day, I took a few pics and headed back to the warmth of the car. >grin<
Such beautiful click.
I can imagine size scale comparison with a human being.
We are sooo tiny.
It reminds us to be humble.
Thank you. The size is almost too much to take in.
And I can imagine.
Fantastic job from your side!
That’s a beautiful crater photo, John. You did a great job creating it.
Here’s my entry of photos on a trail, all taken with my cellphone: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/03/04/cycling-the-lower-don-trail/
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Wow, John, such a beautiful capture of the meteor crater. I visited this with my family back in my teens on our drive home from East Texas to San Diego. You caught this so well with your mobile! If I had a camera back then I could have added this to my memories: https://secondwindleisure.com/2022/03/06/sunday-stills-making-meaningful-memories/ Thanks for hosting CellPic Sunday!
I was lucky in that a light snowfall the night before left some snow visible in the shade of the south rim on the day we visited.
Yes! Snow always enhances a scene, especially in the desert.
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Wow, a glorious expanse. Thanks for the view.
My cellpic is a complete contrast to this: https://travelwithintent.com/2022/03/06/kings-cross-light-tunnel/
I marvel at the size of the crater left when the meteor all but vaporized with the impact. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
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That is one amazing photo, John and well done for all the seamless editing you’ve done.
Here is mine:
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It is amazing to see this!
If you get the chance, don’t miss seeing it in person!
I will try my best to travel there one day!
What an incredible vista!
I can only imagine what a powerful impact that must have been. The huge meteor was basically vaporized leaving only small rocks to indicate its origins.
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It’s incredible that something relatively small can make such a large “dent” 😃 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/03/07/town-centre-cellpic-sunday/
Fab shot! You really had to work to get that put together. I must remember the panorama function when viewing very large views. 😉
Thanks. Lightroom makes it easy!
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Here’s my post for Cell Pic Sunday. What a wonderful time we had. Even the text messages were fun. I’m disappointed you turned down the new Lamborgini, though! LOL Thanks for sharing your picture of us. It really is a great picture of all of us.
Actually, my favorite car was one of the Maserati sedans. At a quarter million, though, I am going to have to pass. 🙂
Are you going to have a picture of it in Cell Pic Sunday? I hope so.
I am… One like it… from an unusual perspective;-)
That sounds good. The waiter was amazing in how many pictures he took in a short time. Your camera takes amazing pictures.
There is a rapid fire mode on the camera. I don’t use it much, but I guess he knew how to engage it.
I have one of those too. It’s called burst on the iPhone.
Ps. Here’s the link, LOL https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/03/09/wqw-five-senses-taste-food-recipes/
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I love knowing your process. I basically am just point-and-shoot with my cell (Android, five years old)
I am happy to share the details.