On the Rocks


Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

Wind and water constantly batter the planet’s rocky regions, sculpting unusual formations that must be seen to be believed.

Sandstone spirals

Antelope Canyon (above), in Arizona, USA, is named after the herds of antelope that once inhabited the area. These breathtaking rocks were carved by rainwater flooding through the canyon and eroding the sandstone into smooth, spiral structures.

Hobgoblin’s Playground

Little Finland in Nevada, USA, is named for the fins adorning the desert’s red sandstone. The area is also called the Hobgobling’s playground because of its fantastical formations.

Seaside Seat

Norway’s Kannesteinen rock is the eye-popping result of years of coastal erosion. With its sea view overlooking Vågsøy Island, this distinctive formation is called “the Kanne chair” by locals.

wave-rockWipeout Wave

The surf’s always up at Wave Rock in Hyde, Australia. Stretching 14 m (46 ft) high and reaching 110 m (360 ft) wide, the huge rock resembles a breaking wave and is a sacred spot for Aboriginal locals.