Saturday, March 29, 2008

Just upstream from Creekside

Just upstream from Creekside (the prior post), is a stone wall. At the corner of the stone wall, there is a thick, or double walled section...

In the foreground on this photo, there is a very large, very old tree trunk, right at the start of the double walled section. Looking around, I could not find the tree that it came from. I had to double take to make sure it was not stone there, but, in fact, a tree. It seemed to fit nicely with the wall in its somewhat deteriorated state.

This shot shows the corner of the wall, with the double walled section visible just to the right, behind the corner:

...and near the thick section, just upstream, is this:

(half meter stick in photo)

A peculiar thing about that large conglomerate with quartz in it is that it had a very smooth texture to it in one spot, but was rough elsewhere. Maybe it had something to do with the frozen moss, but it still seemed odd that there was no moss and the rock was very smooth in one spot. If you click on this photo to enlarge it, you might be able to see the smooth area. The palm of my hand fit nicely, right at that smooth spot:

I only rested my palm on the stone, and it felt like a thousand palms had touched it before mine.

Here is a panorama of the wall:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


This is along a creek branch that eventually flows into the Susquehanna River.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I'm having trouble this morning...

trying to understand how people can believe they see virgin Mary in a pretzel

- click here for the link

- or Illinois in a cereal flake - click here for the link -

yet, they can't see the ceremonial landscape all around us? What's wrong with this country????

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What is that rock?

Here's a view from the side facing the creek:

And here's a view from the other side, looking down toward the creek.

I was trying to capture that small, roundish rock in the foreground, which, I think, is feldspar. But that is a guess on my part. I'm not a geologist. Anyway, the large, upright stone is very different looking from one side to the other!

Further downstream, but up along a row of small stacked stone structures along the boundary of State and private land, there was this rock among the row. If you thought the first rock looks like a turtle head, then maybe this is his carapace:

Monday, March 10, 2008


In case you haven't heard, local residents of upstate NY are fighting plans for a private company, NYRI, to run a power line through upstate NY. For information on the plans, the NYRI website is here.

To get the map of where they are proposing to run the power line, click on "Proposed Transmission Route" and then "Route Ortho Maps". The maps are large, so follow the directions on the website, depending on the size of your computer.

"Section B" of the map shows that this power line is going to follow the Delaware River from Deposit, NY to Cochecton, NY. If you decide to look at some of the individual Ortho Maps of the proposed transmission route, you'll notice it's almost impossible to find a map that doesn't have the power line running over a creek tributary.

For information on two of the groups fighting the power line, click here and here.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Details from a prior post

I posted a while back on what may or may not be effigy stones. One, in particular, I thought (at the time) was a coincidence, the eagle stone. Click here for the original post. I went back out in the fall to look at the eagle stone again, and my thought is now, it is probably not a coincidence.

Here is the stone again, with my 4 foot walking stick (1 foot increments) near the stone.

This side view shows how the detail of the eye and above the beak are not just a trick of shadows, but actual detail on the rock itself. There is also additional stacking, not just the rock on rock.

But, most interesting, is the deliberate position of the small triangular rock beneath the larger, flat rock.

Then, an odd rock in front of the entire structure. It was under the leaves.

This picture tries to capture it all. The odd rock in front, triangular supporting stone, flat rock, eagle effigy, and evidence of other stacked stones in the background. It is a bit farther off the logging road than I originally recalled.