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Interesting Rock Structures

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My exploration of Lake Superior revealed many hidden little coves, unique rock structures that have personality. It is with wonder when one comes across a scene such as above. The growth of small evergreens and stunted cedar clinging for life on the protruding rocks. The smear of lichen covering the rock faces. The shape of the rocks that are volcanic in nature. The dark clouds overhead bringing out the detail of the rocks. Just to sit down and admire the scene before you is in itself a great experience. What you see is the work of nature over thousands of years creating a piece of artwork that is forever evolving.

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time happy trails

 

 

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Mica Bay

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Last week I explored in and around Mica Bay on Lake Superior. This is just North of Pancake Provincial Park. I had noticed people parking along the highway at various times. With the Fall colors disappearing at an alarming rate. it was time to hike the beaches and rocks, I discovered two trails down from the highway.

A bit of info on Mica Bay is in order. Upon some research I found some fascinating knowledge of this area. Mica Bay is very deep. Would you believe 600 feet. This includes the shoreline.  The depth is caused by the Midcontinental Rift. Lake Superior occupies a basin caused by this rift. For further reading check here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midcontinent_Rift_System

Another discovery I made was finding Jacobsville sandstone . I observed bits and pieces of this sandstone on the beaches in various sizes. It has been quarried as a building stone. It apparently reaches a thickness of up to eight kilometers. I was able to find some interesting samples that had beautiful patterns create by wave action. For more info read the following article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobsville_Sandstone

As I was climbing upon a rock outcropping I came across an ancient lava flow. The black Basalt volcanic flow here occurred about 1.86 to 1.54 billion years ago. Looking at it you would have thought it had just hardened. The composition that I created above features this ancient lava flow within the structure of my photo. This photo also emphasizes the ruggedness of Lake Superior coastline. It was a very eventful evening of exploring Mica Bay. From the geological aspect to the photographing, walking the beaches of rounded pebbles and Jackobsville sandstone. There is always something to learn about our country.

I have now three of my Wolf Lake collection available for sale. You will find them on my Fine Art Prints page.

On the weekend of Oct 17, 18 and 19 come join me and my fellow members at The Sudbury Art Clubs Annual Fall Art Show. It is held at the CNIB building in Sudbury. Everyone is welcome.Well that is it for this week. Until next time happy trails.

The Legacy of a Pine Tree

A dry warm wind

Caresses the rocky shoreline

Of a far Northern lake

Upon the wind a seed

from an open pine cone

Is borne along

To settle among the boulders

Scattered along the water’s edge

In time a small pine tree

Protrudes from the shelter

Of the surrounding rocks

The years go by

The struggling pine tree

Is now stunted and gnarled

Bent to the onslaught of the wind

Its existence at the mercy

Of the ravages of Nature

Then one fateful day

On a stormy dark night

The gale force winds

Churning the surface of the lake

Toppled the struggling pine tree

To lie among the scattered rocks

Its existence no more

The photograph you see above is a creation of my own doing.The rocks were beautiful in form and texture.As I was walking the shoreline of OSA Lake in Killarney Provincial Park I came across the remains of a pine tree lying along the shoreline.I picked it up an set where I wanted it to be positioned.I then searched around for some pine cones to add in the foreground.I placed them on a patch of green grass.Thus I created a bit of a story line which the poem is a creation of.The pine tree comes from the seed out of a cone to its final resting place where ever it falls.

So I hope you have enjoyed this post.I also would like to thank everyone who came for a visit and I enjoy the comments very much.If you are ever out my way stop in for a coffee.Check my link to FAA for available prints for sale.So until next time happy trails.