Raven or Ship Keel?

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Raven or Ship Keel?

This is one of the named rocks at the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, NH. They call it the Ship Keel. However, when I look at it, I see a watchful raven. What do you see?

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I always see this rock formation as a rather dark pondering raven. He overlooks a nook along the woodland walk where there are several underground caves that children like to explore.

Let’s take a vote on this – what do you see?

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves is an attraction in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire. It is a mile long walk along woodland paths and boardwalks, punctuated by steep stair ascents/descents and a number of caves that youngsters love to explore.

When I was a child – I loved exploring the caves, where water from the “lost river” ran alongside strews of boulders.

Now I visit and listen to generation after generation of happy exploring children. And I instead photograph the very distinct rock personalities who have evolved over time.

When rocks (and trees) exist in close proximity to people, some evolve ways to connect to these curious life forms – a reaching out into their environment. This includes altering their own physical appearance, perhaps in alignment with a significant event or actions that regularly occur around them.

If you are fortunate to have your own grounds around your home – go outside, sit in a favorite area (or find a new one) and quietly study – deeply – the nature around you. Or go to a local park and do the same. You will be surprised at what you see and learn!


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