Category: Landscape Photography
Posted: January 31, 2019

Geologic formation

Sculpted By the Elements

by Shadow catcher

Landscape Photo Contest (a) Contest Entry 
This is one of the geologic formations that can be found at Chimney Bluffs State Park,located on the south shore of Lake Ontario in Wayne County,New York. The bluffs are composed of glacial till(a mixture of sand,clay and various sized stones) that was deposited and shaped into drumlins,or tear drop shaped hills,by glaciers during the last ice age.Erosion from the elements,as well as wave action,is responsible for transforming the landscape into jagged pinnacles.Constantly changing and eroding,some of these cliffs and pinnacles rise up to 150 feet above the pebble covered lakeshore.During Prohibition,Canadians would smuggle alcohol across Lake Ontario and hide it in the bluffs where Americans would then pick up the banned alcohol and transport it to barns where it would later be sold.New York State acquired the property in 1963,and in 1999 added a parking lot,heated restrooms,picnic area,and hiking trails to the 597 acre parcel.However,you can bypass this ?new? part of the park,and continue farther down the road to access the (FREE)eastern side and original section of the park that I and the locals have been enjoying for years.If you want to collect water smoothed stones,(bring plastic bags along!)you can access the beach area that extends below the bluffs from this side.The hiking trails from the new section meander along the top of the bluffs to connect both sides of the park.It?s best not to go after a heavy rain,the resulting runoff from the bluffs covers the beach(annoying if you are planning on collecting some nice smooth stones!)and discolors the lake waters near shore,and it?s not unusual to find a tree or two has toppled loose and ended up on the beach.Image was sharpened and slightly enhanced.
Post Type: Mixed Media Photography
Mixed Media: Some Photo taken of a pinnacle at Chimney Bluffs State Park. Image sharpened and enhanced.

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