Friday, January 2, 2009

Shaped Boulder/solstice/platform site

Hiking upstream along the flood of Wissahickon valley, starting from near the Valley Green Inn, I happened along the following outcrop on the Chestnut Hill side of the stream.

Intrigued, I followed a dry streambed up the valley wall, and found myself face to face with a fellow of truly ancient mien.

I hope I'm not the only one who sees the face in that rock. Maybe I've been looking at these things too long. I worked my way past the "face" and to the hills local maximum, and noted the following, almost "megalithic" arrangement of boulders.

The heavily slanted boulder in the right side background is part of the "face" formation above.
Today, an hour or so before the sun fell below the horizon, we're treated to the following sight:

That's a very interesting notch between the two foreground boulders, isn't it?

In between these (arranged?) boulders is a small "courtyard. It has the appearance of a "pavement" of sorts, with several arranged rocks acting as "flagstones".

some contemporary piles

The society for "putting things on top of other things" still has many members...

This conical pile is a modern donation pile. It gets bigger every time I see it.

And then there's this:

I'm amazed this one has lasted since the summertime.