Thursday, 25 October 2007

Writing in stone

Recently i visited Ilkely, where i came across the cow and calf rocks, a large rock formation consisting of an outcrop and boulder, also known as Hangingstone Rocks. The rocks are made of millstone grit, a variety of sandstone, and are named cow and calf because one is large, with the smaller one siting close to it, like a cow and calf.

The fascinating thing about these rocks are what you find when you walk and expore amongst them. Exploring around the area you can find names carved into the stone by previous visitors with the earliest being from the early 1800.

The rocks show what human endever can create. People have worked hard to leave their personal mark, creating a lingering moment carved in stone. The carvings change the normal surroundings of the rockface creating integue, interest and history. Left behind is a name, date and birth place, creating a connection between the writer and any viewer after.

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