Cairn

BigD

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Taken at Ricketts Glen State Park, PA on 05/172010.

Canon 50D
Sigma 17-70mm lens

I noticed this small pile of rocks and have always wonder why they are stacked like that. Here is what I came up with.

“Today, cairns are often used to mark hiking trails or cross-country routes in mountain regions at or above the tree line. Most are small, a foot or less in height, but a few are built taller so as to protrude through a layer of snow. A large cairn was built atop a hill next to I-476 in Radnor, Pennsylvania, to symbolize the area’s Welsh origins and to beautify the visual imagery along the highway.2
A Mongolian ceremonial cairn (ovoo)

It is traditional for each person passing by a cairn to add a stone, as a small bit of maintenance to counteract the destructive effects of severe winter weather. Often the habit is to only add to the top, and to use a smaller stone than the previous top stone, resulting in a precarious stack of tiny pebbles." Wikipedia

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