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Water Worn Weirdness

Water Worn Weirdness

The low angle of late day light, shining almost perpendicular to these walls of sandstone along Lake Superior's Michigan shore, illuminated a strange looking scene worthy of an abstract painting. Two nearly identical, cat eye shaped cave openings appeared to frame a "nose" of white minearal deposits along the striped rock formations. The abundance of sunlight and lack of shadowing in the caves -- which only can happen at this time of day and season -- provides a two-dimensional illusion to a three-dimensional surface. The whole scene would be impossible without the action of water: pounding surf, freezing and thawing cycles, mineral release from groundwater, and glacial formation of the big lake in the first place.

7 NE Munising MI (18 Jul 7), looking E