04.24.2019 Balanced Rock

Not quite as amazing as the spot by this name in Arches N.P. in Utah or Acadia’s Bubble Rock in Maine but a neat find just the same, this rock sits above the rushing water I posted yesterday.

It’s a mystery how it got there.   Possibly the spring melt cascaded through here with chunks of ice and carried the rock to its resting place.  Another possibility is someone practicing the all too popular pastime of rock stacking.  Probably would have to be a team effort.  I’d prefer to think this is nature’s work.

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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17 Responses to 04.24.2019 Balanced Rock

  1. Rock can make some interesting formations. Somewhere in CT, I saw a huge boulder balanced on about 4 rocks on land. Probably glaciers did that.

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    • If huge I would guess your theory to be correct. In the Quabbin Watershed the are many large rocks/boulders that I would think were glacial erratics. Although many rocks have been moved to make walls and foundations there before the towns were taken for the reservoir, the really huge ones would resist, I’d think. Our forebears did some impressive moving of stone but I think these were beyond capabilities at that time.

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  2. stevegaspari says:

    Nice work Mr. G!
    Are you hiking Atherton on the west or east side of 202? Thanks.

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    • Hi, Steve. Do I know you? Your name seems very familiar.

      I hike the east side mostly. I have bushwhacked the west side once but didn’t really see much that attracted me. I know there is a source pond and maybe I should try another hike in that direction. Thanks for the comment.


  3. When I saw Balanced Rock in your previous post I wondered if, like Bubble Rock, it might be a glacial erratic, but it doesn’t have the bouldery look of the (admittedly few) glacial erratics I’ve seen.

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    • The only thing erratic about this was the bloggers failed reasoning. There is a third possibility and a friend pretty much nailed it. The dam wall, which is fairly tall, has collapsed a bit and those rocks tumbled from above. How one managed to land atop the other in perfect balance is a bit of amazement.


  4. I dunno… There’s something Frank Lloyd Wright about it.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    It looks like a wonderful, if somewhat fraught, place for a picnic. I’d call it “Table Rock.” The colors are as appealing as the arrangement of the rocks. I wonder if it will stay like that, or if something finally will unbalance it.

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  6. melissabluefineart says:

    This is so cool! Like Linda, I like the color as well as the composition. It amazes me that the rock can balance there, a point of stillness in the midst of the very busily moving water. Kinda zen, really.

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    • It is very cool. I don’t know how long it will remain. Hopefully it will, and it may have already, survive a few winters before moving along. It would be a fine subject for meditation, if I did that, along with the wonderful sound of the water.


      • melissabluefineart says:

        It would. I never feel that comfortable sitting around, though. Once I saw a woman doing yoga in the middle of a prairie. Shoulda gotten a photo and painted her…

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