The piled rocks in this picture is called duck in mountain hiking. The duck is a slang for cairn, a constructed pile of rocks located adjacent to a trail used to mark the route in lieu of a blaze. Ducks are used in open or treeless areas where the tread is indistinct. Ducks are heart warm rocks for anyone who gets lost in mountain hiking.
This duck is one of exceptional large ones. More of the ducks can be piled up by as few as half dozen rocks to identify the pathways.
This point is on the way to top of Mount Washington along Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail.
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Graal (102928) 2005-10-16 14:07
unusual place. Very good composition and interesting note. Nice landscape, beautiful mountains. Good job.
elihesamian (26149) 2005-10-16 14:52
Great POV,wonderful scene and landscape with excellent details and sharpness,nice placed the piled stone here with interesting name for it,I like the shot very much,great note as well,Thanks for posting it,nicely composed really,
alvaraalto (14042) 2005-10-16 16:34
Great contrast with "the Duck" (Donald?) in front the the blue colored mountains far away. A great panorma-view.
papagolf21 (102430) 2005-10-16 16:42
Curieuse sculpture naturelle que ce "Canard" ! Très bonne prise de vue avec ces éléments en pierre très bien placés dans la composition.
Une très belle réalisation photographique et une très intéressante vue de ce curieux endroit.
oochappan (16171) 2005-10-16 18:42
a well composed shot with the duck aside to leave space to the landscape, you chose lately for some kind of dominating colorcast in your shots, reholding natural colors ....
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-10-16 21:55
Very nice landscape and interesting pile of rocks to mark the route - the duck. In Norway we can see sometimes a pile of rocks placed to Trolls, spirits which protect the nature. Great light and colors. Well done.
singuanti (15250) 2005-10-16 22:05
Hi Mr. USC. I had no idea that's what those things were called. You hardly see them on the East Coast but out west they are more common. I like how you worked it into the foreground. Again the colors from the polarizer are very good. Nice one Mr. Wes.
Emile (20352) 2005-10-17 0:53
Interesting explanation about the meaning of duck in mountain hiking. Good lighting and compo. Very well captured with good depth.
Good DOF. Nice colors.
Stepan (27210) 2005-10-17 3:58
An interesting note with a great compo (seems to be a little tilted, doesnt' it ?).
What a place !! Thanks for the sharing.
jhm (153776) 2005-10-17 5:37
Very great landscape picture, almost inaccessible place, the lines in the background of the mountains show the harshness of landscape, very good composition and interesting note.
Greetings from Belgium.
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-10-17 6:02
High place with an great view.
I like your very naturaly coloured composition, all is from a very good quality sharp and deep.
feather (51130) 2005-10-17 6:54
We have lots of cairns on the North Yorkshire Moors but I've never heard them called ducks before :) :)
I like the foreground dominance you give to the cairn and the strong light/shade contrast. Calling it a duck gives it a personality so it looks out over the terrain in the same way we do.
jjbach (9324) 2005-10-17 7:43
One more shot of this rocky place, this one from the top. The view is wonderful. Excellent depth and very nice lighting. Splendid work (for one more time)
huynt (5079) 2005-10-17 10:11
Great landscape with an interesing rock duck. Well captured and composition. Thanks for sharing. Best regards. Huy
apache (1426) 2005-10-17 12:34
A real informative one and taken tastefully with the wonderful landscape caught in the background real well. Love the layesr of mountains with the slowly fading colours.
Thanks for sharing
PLD_images (7149) 2005-10-17 19:36
Like some other members, I had no idea that they where "ducks". It's nice to learn something new, this is the big idea behind Te isn't it!
In the north of Canada they are called Inukshuk by the native people. I have made a similar image when I was working there.
I really enjoy the view that the duck gets to enjoy everyday!
kclai (2267) 2005-10-18 0:58
This is quite a wonderful shot. And you have given us alot of the mother's nature view.
Do you think this image is a little under-exposed? The outcome of the color looks pale. Sharpness wise is pretty good.
Try to have multiple shot. With Digital Camera, takin such outdoor shot, and when preview, we could not acertain the goodness of the shot. We could only confirm the goodness through the preview in indoor.
john_c (24666) 2005-10-18 11:07
A well composed shot of this mountain scene. The cairn perfectly balances the frame. I also like the foreground grasses and the lichen growing on the large rocks. Good DOF and the eye wander through the frame to see many peaks in the distance. Well seen and captured.
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-10-18 12:13
A fine view over this impressive mountainscape!Good perspective with a lot of depth and the include "duck" adds the necessary foreground interest.
Galmeida (12559) 2005-10-18 12:35
Splendid panorama view with this near Rocky Duck at our right approach. Excelent angle and perspective. Fine sharpness, impressive place, depth and excelent details. Nature at wild in the best. The moutains at distance are a must with this deep blue sky. Wonderful management of light!
Congratulations and best to you.
sergio1 (12152) 2005-10-18 12:56
Hola como está,
Bonita perspectiva la que conseguiste con esta foto. Buena POV.
carper (96) 2005-10-18 13:17
the duck is just a little detail in the shot Wes,
the depth lines are nice, the composition is well taken and I like the soft light. good job with this conditions,
ChrisJ (114735) 2005-10-19 3:46
Maybe I'd increase brightness & contrast slightly, in the midtone areas? But the sharpness, color & pov are all superb. Tfs.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-10-22 16:18
Hi Wes - I know this "Ducks" from around here as well - except we call then a "Varde" - I like the landscape in the background as well - a fine way the use the duck as close object - thanks for sharing this and the story behind as well.
mumek (20202) 2005-10-30 14:53
Good afternoon Wes!
Super scenery with excellent natural colors and very original foreground with pilled rocks.In Canada in the Arctic you can find the pilled rocks.
Inukshuk (singular), meaning "likeness of a person" in Inuktitut (the Inuit language) is a stone figure made by the Inuit. The plural is inuksuit. The Inuit make inuksuit in different forms and for different purposes: to show directions to travellers, to warn of impending danger, to mark a place of respect, or to act as helpers in the hunting of caribou.
- Copyright: Wes Wang (weswang) (18223)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70 DX, 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Back to New England
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-16 13:45