Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Snowy Rock Cut

You probably drive right past them and don't notice, but I'm intrigued with rock cuts along the highways.  And a week or two ago they were decorated with lots of snow clinging to the rocks. 

This is a rock cut at the village of Woodford, halfway to Owen Sound from here.  It's the Amabel dolostone, a hard limestone that sometimes shows narrow layers, and sometimes large blocks of rock.  It forms vertical cliffs along the Niagara Escarpment.

In fact the road used to avoid the cliff by curving around the hill to get through Woodford, but a few decades back they blasted out the rock and provided a nice straight road so you don't have to slow down.

You can tell these rocks haven't been exposed for too many decades, as they're not weathered and still fairly light brown or beige in colour.

I just thought the pattern of snow catching and holding on all the little rock ledges was really interesting, and there's a nice wide shoulder to safely pull off on here..

Interesting layers,

and some big snow cornices along the top in places.  Of course this is all gone now, after the thaw late last week.  And starting tomorrow it's supposed to be above freezing again for a few days, with considerable rain on the weekend.  I expect we won't have much snow left at all by Monday.  It's the usual 'January Thaw', even though today was quite cold with a serious windchill.

15 comments:

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  2. I've always liked how the snow and ice do build up on them. The ice can linger quite awhile, if one of these walls doesn't get a lot of sunlight in the spring.

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  3. Nature's snow sculptures, beautiful.

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  4. Nice pictures and interesting commentary. :-)

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  5. Love how the snow hangs over! Means there was no wind! It is warming up here, I am ready for a thaw!

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  6. Like you I find rock-cuts and quarry faces endlessly interesting for how they reveal the geology of an area. Snow just adds extra interest.

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  7. Shows how much texture there is to that "flat" face.

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  8. I also am fascinated by the structure and geology of rock cuts both in winter and summer.

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  9. Hello, it does look like the rocks are decorated with puff of snow. Pretty images. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  10. Pretty with snow on the rock. Keep an eye out for raven nests in rock cuts that are higher than that one. I've found them on a 250 foot high rock cut along an Interstate in central Pennsylvania and a 50 foot high rock cut outside Burlington, Vermont.

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  11. HI Furry...
    I love that you don't hesitate to get out there and take pics of things of interest...
    Wish I could be that adventurous!
    enjoy your day!!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  12. These are beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing!
    You're making the snow look pretty!

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  13. Great photos and I too love rocks and rock formations along with trees--
    enjoy, di

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