• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Creative Challenges

Adam Longatti, 2006

Adam Longatti, Artist-in-Reseidence 2006

Petrified Forest, like the rest of the national parks, has inspired artists, photographers, writers, composers, dancers, poets, and all sorts of creative people. Here we share some of the creativity sparked by the park…

May 2012 Challenge: Haiku

Ravens. Big black birds.
Human-like habits, Corvids.
Mooching your snack stash.
- Amanda Brenner

Day. Awesome sunrise.
Walk. Breathe. Learn. The desert life.
Awesome sunset. Night.
-Myra Rubinstein

Petrified Series

Ancient river, flowed
Once through galleries of trees,
Now wind-carved stone.

Trees tall enough to
Scrape Triassic sky, now mute:
Silicate remnants.

Sleek, shining, river
Hunter, crocodilian,
Silent bones in stone.

Pleistocene sand dune,
Wind's caress reveals Clovis clue:
Petrified wood point.

Did You Know?

Agate House pueblo made with petrified wood chunks

Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.