The Potomac River gorge dates about 600 million years old. In more the more recent 5 million years, water has traveled through cracks in the rock in a Mather Gorge formation, creating a small canyon with the Potomac river. Beautiful rocks, filled with quartz and mica encompass the landscape and quickly disappear when one walks further away from the river.
Natural beauty that has stood the test of time and will be present for a millennium more. The stories these rocks could tell. The countless footsteps that have walked over these rocks. Leaving nothing, not even a trace.
“Steadfast Seas and Mountains
The lofty mountains and the seas,
Being mountains, being seas,
Both exist and are real.
But frail as flowers are the lives of men,
Passing phantoms of this world.”
― Reiko Chiba, Hiroshige’s Tokaido in Prints and Poetry
Categories: 2013 Project 365, Foot Prints, Maryland Area Hikes, Nature, travel, Washington DC
Thank you so much !
One of the many wonders of geology I truly enjoy 🙂
Aren’t rocks cool ? I love rocks and have a small collection.
I had some myself but lost them on my last move sigh 😦
I particularly liked 3104 with the reflections. Nature is a much better sculptor than any human, it just takes longer.
Wasn’t your father a geologist?
I love that one too. Something about those triangles always amaze me. Actually dad was an anthropologist. Studied people. I loved rocks since I was a kid though.
A very good series, and good contrast in the colours.
Thank you so much Bente ! How are you?? Is it snowing there yet?
Beautiful – enjoying this series of rocks, wonderful angles showing lots of texture.
Thanks Mary ! Must admit I’m a bit of a rock hound and just love them. Such strength and art within them.