The slender column of South Chimney Rock pricks the sky in southern Wyoming amid a jumble of badlands near the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Wyoming Game and Fish Warden Justin Dodd captured this view of the landform while hiking this winter in the Firehole Canyon area. A thin layer of snow coated the landscape, clouds lined up in the sky and the sun reflected off the dammed up water in the background.

“I was just out walking up on that ridge and it was a pretty view, so [I] decided to take a photo,” Dodd told WyoFile in an email. “It came out pretty well for just using an iPhone.”

Katie Klingsporn reports on outdoor recreation, public lands, education and general news for WyoFile. She’s been a journalist and editor covering the American West for 20 years. Her freelance work has...

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  1. You’re not supposed to shoot into the sun like that. 🙂
    Nice photo. Makes me want a road trip.

  2. I love the picture , but the south chimney rock doesn’t actually break the horizon line , so saying it pricks the ski isn’t completely correct …..

  3. Flaming Gorge has great camping without reservations, lots of water, clean air and is far from major population centers and airports so it hasn’t been overrun yet. Please don’t post any more pictures as too many people will discover it.

  4. Nice to see all the pretty photos from across the state. Brings back memories and inspires me to get out.