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Erratic Rock or Simple Boulder?

Erratic Rock or Simple Boulder?
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-04
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 15:19
Viewed: 3198
Points: 50
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My wife tells me this is an erratic rock and she has been past it 1000 times or more as well as uphill from it and below it. There are no other boulders to be seen from this height up another 1000 feet nor down to 2200 feet. This is at 3200 feet.

Location is 3 miles up empire Creek primitive road which follows a creek uphill another few miles to where it starts at the base of yet another much taller mountain.

The rock is about 20-25 feet tall and almost as wide and certainly as deep as it is wide. I wouldn't venture any guess as to how much this weighs, but it is halfway down a short ravine from Franson Peak. It is solid granite and is not fissured but does have one small but visible anomaly. It is covered with Lichen and Moss and it is about 30 feet and slightly uphill from the primitive 1 lane gravel and dirt road.

85 MM Nikon Lens
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Hi Bob,

The millions of years witnessed by this rock is well displayed here in good choice of tall frame. The combination of fg drying vegetation contrasting well with the evergreen in the backdrop. That's a rather big boulder at 25feet and thanks for sharing this one.


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Hello Bob,
I believe this boulder is from the Missioula Flood a it swept through the States of Washington and Oregon. There have been may findings to the type of rock and the sizes or different rocks that have been studied are within the path of the Flood that do not resemble any that are fathered in the area from the tectonic plates shifting and rock surfacing from those actions. I could be wrong, but I doubt it very much as you live directly in the path of the flood of 14,000 years ago.

hello Bob

beautiful Landscape/Trees photography with the rock as principal
subject of the photography, shot with fine POV, DOF and framing,
sharpness and details are excellent, i love the appropriate
vertical framing of the image, TFS


Hi Bob,

The boulder is the center of attraction of the scenery. It is guiding our eyes toward the uphill path which is well frame by the trees. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-01-13 18:54]

Hello Bob,
I would sure hate to be the guy that tries to sled ride down this hill and ends up meeting Mr. boulder at the bottom.
Nicely composed landscape image in a well chosen vertical presentation.

Hi Bob,

This reminds me of Girraween National Park here in Queensland, its situated on the northern extremity of the New England Tablelands, full of huge granite boulders, nice capture with a very good d.o.f, I see only a little snow on the ground so I guess it must be clearing up a bit now. t.f.s

Cheers Rick

Hi Bob,

nice pov on this rock, a little strange there are no other rocks or boulders.
It are millions years old and ehat have it seen all the years of passing by.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-13 21:28]

Hallo Bob,

Your image has a fine composition rock's shape making an obvious contrast with the lines of the trees. Good details and well rendered colors can be seen. As usualy the note is excelent.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-13 22:14]

Hi Bob

Hope you are well - we got back yesterday our time. Nice shot of this erratic - definition is - if it does not match the surrounding rock strata and the area has been glaciated - it was brought by glaciers. Erratics (literally - errors) were used by early glaciologists to track the past movement of ice sheets. In the UK a erratics from a small and unique area of granite at Shap has been used for this purpose.

Nice com[position - as always :)


Hi Bob,
Nice composition and good depth of field for 85mm. The use of short tele to isolate the main subject just enough must be noted here. TFS the picture and information

hello bob,
here this boulder has become centre of attraction but the scene behind it is also treat to watch, the natural beauty of forest has been captured well,
tfs & regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-01-13 23:01]

Hi Bob,
Nice way to tell a story about this rock which here looks like come alive and may be silent witness to so many seasons. Simple composition to go well with those trees all around. tfs.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-14 1:28]

Hi Bob

If what you wife says it's true, than this might very well be an erratic rock. Isolated cases like this one are actually a pretty common sight in some places, depending on where glacial refugees were in the past.
Anyway, this is a very interesting post and going for the rather unconventional smack middle composition here i think sets this shot apart. It also probably focuses all the attention better on the boulder, so i think it works well.
Very nicely exposed and saturated, too.

Bravo and TSF

Cioa Bob, beautiful composition with great rock, erratic rock?
May be, I think,
very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-14 3:00]

Probably dropped by Giants, Bob ;o) Tis a nice shot though, makes this boulder seem very 'lonely', if that's not takling personification too far! Nice detail throughout though, as always.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-14 5:29]

Hi Bob,
I would agree with Jane, this erratic was deposited by the hand of a receding glacier. I like the composition here Bob with the rock low in the frame and the lodgepole pines in the background. I hope all is getting better with the milder weather, let mother nature shovel your snow.

Well, surely some strange natural force somehow put that erratic rock up there in the remote past Bob, the point is, it makes a pleasant photographic material there, with those beautiful pines rising vertically just behind. A fine naturescape indeed my friend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-14 8:56]

Hi Bob.
You managed to create an impressive picture with this so simple (at first glance) view. And your note is so warm and nice. First of all I am amazed with 3D-feature of the image, wonderful selection of the POV and pictured scene, which includes so many attractive objects: trees, path, stone, etc. Details of the image are stunning. Excellent, impressive work. MY compliments.

Dear Bob
Very intersting subject to shoot,
Great exposure,composition and POV.Great to see you better my dear friend.

Good Luck

Namastay Bob,
A beautiful landscape shot. I am unable to differentiate between a rock and boulder. But one thing is for certain it is very well placed and you have chosen a nice POV to portray it with good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-14 13:51]

Hi Bob,

I can't believe that rock is at least 25 feet high!! It's in a dangerous place if that's a path leading up from it. I have to laugh at Ron's comments. The vertical composition is perfect.


I believe this is neither an erratic boulder nor a simple boulder.

Look closely and you can plainly see that is a slightly large nude woman who, upon encountering Medusa, managed to stick her head down forward and underground just before she turned to stone.

This also conclusively proves why it is the only stone of it's kind in the area.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-15 21:50]

Hi Bob!

Keep on going outside, don't just live on memories at only 63... I know that personal advices like this one are not the subject of TN, but if I look at your pictures and contributions here on TN I almost can't imagine that the nature's calls are not strong enough to get you out of your house to see and touch peaceful and restful spots like this one...

Kind regards


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-16 6:51]

Hello Bob,
Thanks to you and James I now know what is meant by an 'erratic rock'! There are plenty of them in Sweden too. Often you get stories about giants having thrown them about! This is a very fine composition with the rock in the middle and patches of snow on the ground.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-17 13:08]

A great shot with a powerful composition.
Really good detail.
Excellent DOF.

Well done Bob.


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