#AtoZChallenge – M is for Manpupuner

ManpupunerI can’t believe I’ve made it 13 straight days of blogging for the A to Z blogging challenge. And I have a great one for M too: The Manpupuner plateau is where the climactic scene of Dust to Blood takes place.

It’s a remarkable location that few outside Russia know about, and I was lucky I discovered it while I was letting my fingers do the walking across various online resources. (All hail Wikipedia!) It was the same kind of serendipitous find as when I stumbled across Khotyn outside of Chernivtsi, and gave me goosebumps to think that maybe there was more truth to the fiction I was spinning than what anyone might expect from a story that ultimately revolves around dragons.

Even the fact that there are local legends about giants and shamans visiting this place and transformed by it, tied in neatly with the mystical element that, by that point in the story, was the resolution of a major story arc, and furnished exactly the kind of moody atmosphere required.

Manpupuner is not smallIn fact, it was strange seeing such a collection of pictures with odd cloud formations and obvious indications that these surreal rock piles dwarf humanity and put our puny selves in quite a different perspective. And this final picture of the place blanketed in snow fueled my imaginative fear for my characters at an uncertain weather outlook:

Manpupuner cloaked in snowSo. Now it’s back to editing. I hope you’re enjoying this virtual tour. 🙂

11 Responses to “#AtoZChallenge – M is for Manpupuner”

  1. Cathy says:

    WOW – I’m jealous of this location. It’s truly awesome, in the sense before the word was overused. Wowowowow. Cathy x

  2. Wow, that is really cool.

  3. What intriguing rock formations. They’re so…unlikely, aren’t they? Almost eerie. Very cool! Something new to tuck away in the brain–thank you!

  4. Marcie says:

    An amazing picture! I stopped by from the A-Z Blog Challenge.

  5. viveka says:

    Amazing .. never seen anything like – and I have been on Easter Island – this a lot taller, what ever it’s. Love the winter photo. Thanks for sharing.
    Viveka

  6. viveka says:

    Amazing …. for me that winter photo is so good.

  7. tmycann says:

    I found a page with just a little more info and pics for anyone who’s interested: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/seven-gigantic-rock-figures-rising-beneath-urals/17781

  8. Kriss Morton says:

    Tonya AWESOME. I LOVE the winter photo, it makes it look even MORE amazing! I agree with Justin OHHH awesome! I did M today with our blogger collabrative, M is for Makin’ … Makin Bacon BBQ Black Beans hehe

  9. Wow… those things are incredible! I have never seen anything quite like them.

  10. Justin Bog says:

    I love M the best. The place in the photos, the mystical imagining playing in your story should combine for an incredible novel. I love the winter photo.

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