Where We've Been. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

August 31, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Imagination and constructive frivolity

Cairn and Sky

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Cairn and Sky 20220824 850_2752Cairn and SkyAn early evening scene with a cairn and clouds at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Cairn Marking Demarcation

Cairn Marking Demarcation 20220824 850_2746Cairn Marking DemarcationA stack of rocks marking Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Reflective Tide Pool Cairn

Reflective Tide Pool Cairn 20220824 850_2754Reflective Tide Pool CairnStacked rocks in a tide pool reflection at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Tide Pool Cairn

Tide Pool Cairn 20220824 850_2753Tide Pool CairnStacked rocks in a tide pool reflection at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Cairns have a new emphasis of meaning as of late. The tacks of rocks have had a meaning. At the very least, the meaning has become as transient as their existence.

Cairns appear for a broad variety of purposes. In prehistoric times, they were markers, as memorials and as burial monuments. In modern times, cairns are landmarks, especially to marking the summits of mountains. Cairns are also used as trail markers. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills. Cairns vary in complexity from loose conical rock piles to elaborate, immense, structures.

The cairns that we encounter along the shore of Rhode Island are more ephemeral. These are temporary structures will not last. These that we photographed are as permanent as they will become. What do they mark? The imagination of good friends on an afternoon on the rocky shore.

Short Stack of Rocks

Short Stack of Rocks 20220824 850_2802Short Stack of RocksA short stack of rocks on a larger rock at Black Point in Narragansett, Rhode Island

Black Point Stack of Rocks

Black Point Stack of Rocks 20220824 850_2802Black Point Stack of RocksClose in on a stack of rocks at Black Point, Narragansett, Rhode Island

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