Travel Theme – Stone

This week, Ailsa wants to challenge us with Stone.  The earth is covered with stones and rocks of every kind. If it isn’t cover in water that is, and beneath the water, you’ll find it too. Third Rock from the Sun, right? Stone has been used to create weapons, tools, shelter, fences,  and artistically for statues and sculptures.

There’s a little fishing village about an hour and a half from where I live, called Blue Rocks. The geological composition of the rocks there in layers is quite unusual apparently.  I was approached by a company that publishes geology textbooks and this next photo was published in it.

Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

In the far north of Canada, the inhabitants there have been known to make little piles of rocks, often resembling a human. They call them Inukshuks.  We used to have an “info” type ad about them. The grandson of the Elder woman that built one translated her explanation: “Now the people will know we were here”. This little one was spotted at Blue Rocks during our visit.

Now the people will know we were here. Inukshuk, Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia

Rune Stones from Scandinavia. Seen at the Royal Danish Museum, Copenhagen

Stone marker at the border of Exmoor, Somerset

Stone Circles are mystical and nobody really knows what they were for. Most of them are smaller or thinner stones than the best known, Stonehenge.

Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick, England

Ruins of Rieveaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

Stone fences criss cross the English countryside. This one overlooks Lake Windemere and Ambleside.

The famed stones of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia