The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos near East Coulee

The Hoodoos in the badlands

Mark and Oliver at The Hoodoos

The Hoodoos

Jordon, Mark, Oliver, and I explored the badlands in and around Drumheller when we came across The Hoodoos

Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged.

The name “Hoodoo” comes from the word “voodoo” and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans. In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, however, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders.

For the trip I borrowed Olympus’ amazing M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II lens which has a focal length of 150-600 in 35mm equivalency.  The Hoodoos were perfect to photograph with this lens as I tried to keep track of both Mark and Oliver as the explored the canyon walls and ducked in and out of crevices and behind hoodoos.  It’s a great lens and is far smaller than the Sigma 150-500mm or the new Tamron 150-600mm lens.

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