Friday, September 07, 2007

Cairn in Rhinebeck, NY

Reader Ji writes in:

Here are pictures of the rock cairn in Rhinebeck. The overall view, and then a few pictures of what seemed an entry chamber-- coming up against the side of the cairn, and a few rocks marking this entry-- and a few pictures of the two stone walls which meet at the cairn and seem to run along ley lines, as well as the stone which marks the point where these lines meet--


Geophile said...

These pictures are very hard to see but I stuck them in my photo program and messed with them a little. White accent stones are notable, and those little stonepiles-on stonepile in the third-to-last picture. They are very interesting. It's clear that this is a big pile with walls leading to or from it, and an interesting structure in one part. Makes me think of that post we had on here way back, about a turtle site Evan Pritchard found, I believe it, too, was in Dutchess Co.

I'll be up in Ulster in a couple of weeks, but probably not for lobg enough to take one day to cross the river and see this. Thanks for sending it.

pwax said...

I had the impression that this was basically a very large ancient structure that was flattened by time and people. The little rock stacks on top looked more recent.

Of course for the most part that would be rather dis-respectful.

Ji Hyang said...

Yes-- I also have a sense this may have been larger, rocks may have been removed. I also wish the pictures came out more clearly as it is fascinating and is clearly aligned with two long stone walls that move through the forest, intersecting here, at the moss- covered stone in the next- to- last picture.

At the same time, there is an entry/ atrium space formed by the empty space within walls, defined by the threshold in the last picture which is related and yet distinct.

A photographer friend has also taken pictures which I will see whether we can share here. Any tips on light exposure in forest will be appreciated.

pwax said...

When it gets too dark I cannot photo. But otherwise I turn off the flash and correct the photos later in Photoshop. Flashes in the forest just do not work with my cheap digital camera. I am told that if you have a better camera where you can leave the shutter open longer, it will work OK with a tripod to hold the camera steady.

Geophile said...

If you get a chance to go back once the leaves have fallen, the light will be better. It's very difficult to get good pictures of something large like that under heavy foliage. But most of all, thank you for sending in what you did.

susanm said...

I live on an island off the Maine coast and we have low rock walls that I presume lay along ley lines. How did you determine the walls followed ley lines? - Susan