Canadian Geographic Photo Club - ANCIENT KISS


by jekamobile from Calgary CA on 13 Mar 2018

I took this photo yesterday and didn't see man's face until I uploaded this to my PC. From this spot the rock looks like a real man's profile. I have never seen this before, never heard about this particular angle of view and face in rock. "The Big Rock" is an enormous glacial erratic – a rock transported far from its place of origin by glacial ice. The Okotoks Erratic is the largest known rock in the Foothills Erratics Train, a group of rocks that were carried by ice along the mountain front and let down as the glacier melted more than 10,000 years ago. The erratics lie in a narrow band extending from Jasper National Park to northern Montana. The Okotoks Erratic weighs an estimated 16,500 tonnes. It measures about 9 metres high, 41 metres long and 18 metres wide. The rock has broken into pieces, but is still a large landmark on the flat prairie. Despite the interesting but simple origins of this slow-forming landmark, it has long attracted legends and myths. These date back thousands of years to the Blackfoot tribe, whose legends explained the rock’s peculiar location by detailing an argument between the rock and a young warrior that eventually gave way to a frantic chase and the eventual splitting of the rock down its center. Today, mysticism-minded travelers still find themselves drawn to the Big Rock, usually avoiding the scientific explanation for the unusual formation, instead preferring to make up their own stories as time goes on. Info:

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