Kids and Cairns

Those rock piles you are seeing everywhere are commonly referred to as cairns, though technically they are not since they are usually not landmarks or memorials. I have mentioned before that I am ambivalent about them, although recently I’ve become less enamored every time I see one.

Anyhow, I was driving along the back shore recently and noticed a scene I thought might be “blog worthy”. A pair of rock piles, a pair of fishermen and a pair of lighthouses.

I was experimenting with getting the right angle when two boys wandered into view.

I am working out how I can make this work when one of the kids gives one of the rock piles a good kick. The artistic value of the scene went down faster than those rocks. I didn’t know whether to be disappointed or give the kid a pat on the back.

experimenting with getting the right angle

One thought on “Kids and Cairns

  1. My two cents: When my oldest son was in high school, he and friends used to build these and other “structures” along a creek in our home town in PA. That was over 25 years ago and recently he told me that it was remembers it as a kind of profound experience somehow–maybe a meditation? Not his words, but that is what I took from what he said, so there must be something to the process–even if a subconscious motivation? Interesting. I think they are lovely, and historically, though I don’t think we know the whys of them, cairns are an ancient practice–maybe saying “We (humans) were/are here!”

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