Day 231/365: Stacks of Stones on the Beach

A new tradition on Block Island. Stone stacking. I don’t know how this tradition started, or when, but it was a wonderful surprise when I saw my first stone tower. Some people called them stone cairns, a delicately balanced stack of stones used to mark “I was here”.

Cairns of Block Island

From what I can understand cairns were first used by settlers, pioneers, or Native Americans (Indians) to mark a cache of supplies, either to remind themselves where food was hidden under the rocks, or to leave supplies for fellow travelers.

Whatever they are called, I was enthralled by them. One person told me it was good luck to add a stone to the pile, so I did my part.

Stone Carin on Block Island

Stone Carin on Block Island

I wasn’t the only person captivated by  The Cairns of Block Island, seems others are fascinated by the smooth stackable rocks on the beach. See how many you can count in this image below.

Cairns on  Mohegan Bluffs

Cairns on Mohegan Bluffs

My favorite shots are those with the ocean and surf  in the background. There is solitary about the image that draws you to the location.

Stone Cairn on Block Island

Stone Cairn on Block Island

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