Photographer's Note

Further down the river, I came across these ladies who were stacking stones from the river, creating a cairn. At the time, I thought it was a nice, creative way to pass time, bu an internet search convinced me otherwise.

A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn). Some modern cairns are merely places where farmers have collected stones removed from a field. These can be seen in the Catskill Mountains where there is a strong Scottish heritage, and may also represent places where livestock were lost. In locales exhibiting fantastic rock formations, such as the Grand Canyon, tourists often construct simple cairns in reverence of the larger counterparts. However, National Park rangers do not approve of the habit. In Acadia National Park, volunteers destroyed nearly thirty-five hundred rock stacks, on two mountains alone, in 2016 and 2017. According to Treehugger, making cairns out of river rocks may harm the ecology: "Rocks in streams are really important for a number of types of life, especially young insects and amphibians; between and underneath rocks are nurseries for all kinds of forest life that begin in streams. 'You could be lifting the roof off the home of a crawfish, or disturbing the cradle for the future generations of already dwindling salmon runs. Removing rocks from fragile stream habitats is essentially the equivalent to removing bricks from someone else’s home while raiding their refrigerator and food pantry,' [Randall] Bonner writes."

In other words, leave the rocks alone.

(Map coordinates are for the destination.)

Exif Data:
Model: COOLPIX AW100
Software: Adobe Photoshop 21.2 (Macintosh)
Exposure Time: 1/250
F-Stop: f/4.4
ISO Speed Ratings: 125
Focal Length: 15 mm
Date Taken: 2020-07-06 12:45
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
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