Limited Edition Aerial Photograph by Zedekiah
This is "Rainbow Point" and the "Promontory" in Bryce Canyon National Park and in the bottom left of this image is Yovimpa Point. From this perspective, you can clearly see the results of the long-term erosion process which has occurred over millions of year.
This ongoing cyclic process of frost weathering and stream erosion of the ancient river and lake bed sedimentary rocks creates these iconic hoodoo structures.
Some of these unusual hoodoo structures reach a height of 200 feet (60 m) and produce a very strange fortress or palisade effect that strings along miles of cliff face all throughout this section of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
"Paunsaugunt" is First Nations Paiute language for "Home of the Beaver". This is a sacred ancestral ground to the Paiute People who call these places "Angka-Ku-Wass-A-Wits", which means "Red Painted Faces".
Their traditional stories of what this place is have been told from generation to generation throughout time, it says:
"Before there were humans, the Legend People, "To-When-An-Ung-Wa", lived here. There were many of them, and many kinds – birds, animals, lizards and such things, they looked like people but they were not people, they had the power to make themselves look that way.
For some reason the Legend People in that place were bad and because of this, the powerful Coyote turned them all into rocks. You can see them in that place now all turned into rocks; some standing in rows, some sitting down, some holding onto others.
You can see their faces, with paint on them just as they were before they became rocks. The name of that place is "Angka-Ku-Wass-A-Wits" (Red Painted Faces).
This is the story the people tell."
Though visually stunning, the hoodoos are not the main feature of the park, instead, it is the collection of giant natural amphitheaters such the ones shown in this image that range along the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. In the immediate lower foreground of this image is a clear example of a hoodoo amphitheater.
At its base is Corral Hollow and Blueberry Spring which flows down to Podunk Creek. In the middle right side of this image, you can see the Natural Bridge and Fairview Point Overview, Piracy Point and Noon Canyon Butte. Wilson Peak and Black Mountain are on the horizon.