10.06.2015 Rocks by the seashore

When visiting Acadia, I always make a stop at Little Hunters Beach, not to be confused with Hunters Beach, to enjoy both the view and the multi-colored cobbles to be found there.  The tide comes in and out rustling all the rocks against each other and shaping them to nice smooth surfaces.


The taking of cobbles is forbidden, most likely punishable by law as is the case with everything found within a national park, but that doesn’t stop folks from making cairns and other arrangements.  I don’t think what is in this next image is an arrangement.  I found it in a rather difficult to approach location so doubt anyone grabbed these stones and placed them in the recess.

Little-Hunters-Beach-Rocks-092915-700WebDuring a high tide and rough seas, I imagine that the smaller rocks are tossed about and come to rest in crevices such as this.

The colors contained in the rocks on this beach are lovely.



About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 10.06.2015 Rocks by the seashore

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Beautiful colours. Do most people refer to these stones as cobbles? I know that is the correct term but I don’t think I have heard anyone here use it. Which is odd considering our English heritage.

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    • I am not sure about most people as language seems to be suffering these days. We did at one time have cobblestone streets in places here, I am old enough to remember a few, and there are still a few cobblestone bridges, including one at Acadia. As well, Acadia has one spot known as Cobblestone Beach which my previous image of Otter Cliffs overlooked. There are other areas with them as well.

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      • Gallivanta says:

        New Zealand English tends to be very prosaic, so we would be more likely to say big stones, little stones, flat stones. Early settlers may have been more familiar with the word cobble.

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  2. Jim in IA says:

    It would be hard to not take an attractive rock. I’ve always liked them.

    Nice groupings and photos. Did you shoot any cairns?

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    • No I didn’t, Jim. For some reason I never do. There is one time when I found several dozen piled 3-5 feet high that I should have and now wish that I did. Next opportunity I will. Yeah, it is very tempting, but not worth a hefty fine in this case.


  3. What a fine playground for colors, textures, and shapes. I’m mentally mailing myself a post card from Acadia saying “Wish I were here.”

    Speaking of natural versus human arrangements, yesterday I came across part of a dark, decayed branch that had split longitudinally, and pressed into the crack were some small white stones. My first thought was that someone had wedged the stones in there, but then I wasn’t sure; nature manages plenty of strange things all by itself.

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    • As you tell me about Austin, I am sure you would have a great time there, Steve.

      There are on occasion pieces of driftwood here and the splits and voids will have rocks settled into them.


  4. The variety of colors in the first and last photo are astonishing. But on the second photo, I love the way all those little stones are nestled into the crevice of the larger rocks. It looks as though they’ve found home. Nature is the most creative art designer, but not every eye sees or can capture it with justice. You certainly do.

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    • Although I posted the large rock first, the crevice was what I worked with first. I do enjoy finding these little spots where the colorful rocks have settled. I think that it is likely more will be added to the collection in there as well as other spots. We are pretty imaginative in our creativity, but I do agree that nature outdoes us in more ways than one. And, after all, we are just creatures of nature despite our best efforts to destroy it.

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  5. Golly those rocks, rock the beach. All of the photos contain some gorgeous rocks. I like these pics very much.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Are the rocks in your photos wet or dry? I’m always surprised how water can bring out unexpected beauty in even the plainest rock. If these are dry, they must be quite something when the tide comes in, or spray hits them.

    I’ve always thought of the phrase “cobbled together” as implying something done with less care, or shoddily. Now I’m thinking it could be more positive. You certainly have cobbled together a nice collection of cobble photos.

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    • They were wet with the mist from the incoming waves and morning dew, Linda. In the third image, the rocks were actually wiped of excess moisture with my handkerchief. I think it would have been better had I not. They are still quite lovely when dry, which is the case higher up the beach, but not nearly as richly colored.

      I think of two possibilities as to the phrase. Of course, cobbles can be assembled into a structure such as the cobblestone bridge at Acadia, I am sure there are others, And there are the shoemakers known as cobblers. I don’t think of cobbled as shoddy but as simply putting things together. Sometimes they may have a bit of a shoddy “make do” appearance, but I think there probably is a level of skill in “making do” to be admired. Not always, but sometimes.


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