Nature is a vast entity that unfolds itself in the different structures, times and seasons that we experience. As the seasons and times come and go, you sometimes wonder how the entirety of this complex structure was put together. The discovery of Kilian Schonberger on the Alps in South Tyrol is one of those things that may be wonder about nature and ask those questions again.
Although science fiction movies are imaginative creations, these structures show a more real version of science fiction. Don’t get freaked out yet; he didn’t find any aliens.
These structures have been dubbed “earth pyramids”, and Kilian Schonberger captured them in the Alps in South Tyrol.
German landscape photographer climbed up the Alps in South Tyrol, Nothern Italy and captured these wonders of nature which he shared with the world. These alien-like structures are found on the top of the mountain range and appear like segments. In capturing these structures, Kilian Schonberger dedicated a lot of time starting in the hazy night and continuing from dawn to noon. The pictures he captured showed the change in color and the effect of the light as the day got older.
Earth pyramids are like cones with segments, known as boulders, at the top. Earth pyramids are similar to the hoodoos in the southwestern United States. The formation process of these two nature wonders are, however, different. Earth pyramids are formed as a result of the alternating heavy rainfall and drought periods. The soil of these regions was left behind by the glaciers of the Ice Age and are mostly clay soil.
The boulders on the top of the Earth pyramids are the supporting structures of the soil beneath. Exposure to the two extreme weather conditions leads to erosion which removes most of the clay soil resulting in a pine-like structure with the boulder at the top. Earth pyramids are mostly found in regions where the winds are mild. Eventually, an earth pyramid may be destroyed if the boulder cannot be held by the rock underneath. Hoodos, on the other hand, are formed from within and volcanic rock formations and sedimentary rocks in arid basins.
In the pictures captured by Kilian Schonberger, the earth pyramids are seen like stalagmites arising from the rocks beneath with the boulders at the top. The entire region of the structure is a sight to behold with a serenity that is alieny.
As the day gets older, the pictures show the changes in color as a result of the light. Killian takes us through a birthing process of the earth pyramids with these pictures from dawn to noon.
Wonders of nature such as these earth pyramids are usually found in sheltered places away from the rest of the world. You might wonder what inspired Killian to go search for this region and capture it on camera. It took quite a feat, but we are glad he did it!