Have you ever heard of a Tufa (pronounced “Too-fuh)?”
From Wikipedia, “Tufa is a variety of limestone formed when carbonate minerals precipitate out of ambient temperature water. Geothermally heated hot springs sometimes produce similar (but less porous) carbonate deposits known as travertine. Tufa is sometimes referred to as (meteogene) travertine, it should not be confused with hot spring (thermogene) travertine. Tufa, which is calcareous, should not be confused with tuff, a porous volcanic rock with a similar etymology that is sometimes also called “tufa”.
Well that doesn’t help much, does it? So, what the heck is a tufa? I can tell you it is not tofu, though it probably tastes the same. From what I experienced, it is a gnarly, prickly rock monster that maims you when touched. You can think of a tufa as the rock equivalent of a cactus on steroids. Even with all of their inherent dangers, they are really cool to look at and photograph.
Meet a tufa:
There is even a family of tufas, though I am not sure I want to know how they reproduce.
Tufas are beautiful at night:
Tufas are beautiful during the blue hour:
Tufas can look like fighting monsters:
Tufas are beautiful during the golden hour:
They are beautiful – don’t tell them otherwise.
So, the next time you eat tofu, just think of the cool looking tufa. Also, if you act right now, you can get a tufa one sale (I really can’t help myself)!
And, remember, it’s all about the light.
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