Wednesday, December 12, 2012

D/Alphabe-Thursday

 Chimney Bluffs State Park, New York, U.S.A.

D is for DANGER,  DRUMLIN and DEBRIS

During a recent visit to Upstate New York, my husband and I visited Chimney Bluffs on the south side of Lake Ontario. The bluffs are actually a DRUMLIN (a hill that's shaped like half an egg) formed 11,000 years ago by a glacier.

Looking easterly

Over many centuries wind, rain and waves have eroded the drumlin forming sharp pinnacles and cliffs that are tempting to the adventurous but too DANGEROUS to safely climb.

 Looking westerly

Erosion causes the pinnacles to look different from year to year. This drumlin is made of reddish clay along with rocks and boulders. The clay is washed into Lake Ontario but you can see some of the rocks here. 


 DEBRIS  falling off the bluffs

There IS a Canadian connection.  The bluffs have long been a landmark, and apparently during prohibition in the 1920s and early 30s, smugglers from Canada brought alcohol to these shores where it was hidden in local barns.  I don't think kids learn about this in history books, though.

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

45 comments:

Lowell said...

They aren't bluffing are they? It doth look dangerous. That wouldn't have kept me away when I was young and foolish but it would now.

I knew all about the alcohol. Nah, just kidding.

Buttons said...

Wow I love history lessons from you. You always fill my computer screen with such beauty and history I love that thank you. B

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I learned a handy new word today. Could be handy in Scrabble you know.

Andy said...

Reminds of the Scarborough Bluffs on the north shore of Lake Ontario. PS: It was nice of us Canadians to help the Americans through tough times during prohibition.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love these pics. The rocks almost look like a housing development being built from a distance.

Joe Todd said...

Interesting post and photos..Always enjoy a little history to.. We have some "Knobs" just outside of Lancaster,Ohio I haven' explored yet...

Sandra said...

I learn something new every day, I have never heard the word drumlin, thanks for my new word of the day. and i like the drumlin a lot.

Stephanie said...

Great history lesson, something I learned new today. Those bluffs do look dangerous.

see you there! said...

Such a great post with your usual great bits of history. I'd be scuffling through those rocks to find an interesting one to take home.

Darla

Sue said...

Drumlin, huh?

You've taught me something today!

=)

renae said...

EG! hi! isn't there something mystical and lovely about natural erosion that draws us in?

yes my camera is needing my attention today. the reason i bought it was the sales dude said it took great pics in or outside. urgh, but ...today i have time to study and see if i am the problem, which is probably the case. LOL

thank you!!!! thank you for your consistent attention.

Pride In Photos said...

You are so good at the alphabet game! Loved your comment that the kids probably didn't learn about the smuggling...cute!
Laurie

Kathy said...

A very interesting geologic formation. See how blogging makes me smarter?

RedPat said...

They do look rather unstable!

LONDONLULU said...

I learned a new word, drumlin, *and* a bit of history (the best bits seem to never be in history books:) - thank you...and lovely photos of your adventure too!

Ayu Maselli said...

wow, me too i learn a new word' drumlin' with my limited English.
thanks for sharing these photo and the story.
have a nice day

Pam :) said...

Rum runners had a mighty hard time climbing those cliffs. Beautiful shots!

cieldequimper said...

The erosion is very impressive!

Judy said...

There are some marvellous shapes there!!

Riet said...

This is really special and I also learned a new word today.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Whoa..what pretty shore line though! The texture and colors are fantastic..Drumlin, got to remember this new word!

Lola said...

No bluffing!

Great captures as always,

Happy A-Thursday!

Carol L McKenna said...

Magnificent photography and great post for D ~

( A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

Jamie said...

Cool photos of a very neat area. I kind of knew about the Prohibition angle, since I remember in "The Untouchables" their going to Canada to bust Capone's men transporting liquor there. Thanks for sharing!

Debra said...

Sometimes I CHEAT at Alphabet Thursday ( Gasp! )
Yep, I visit the 5 before and the 5 after but if I see you somewhere else I come looking for good photos! :)

Happy Holidays !: )

Sandy said...

Very nice photos.. and yes, it's a shame how our kids don't learn a lot about the history of certain places and things... I think it's up to our elders to tell them the stories.
Happy Holidays
Sandy

edenhills said...

What a great selection of D words. I'd never heard the technical name for this type of landform. I love the history lesson too!

Island Rambles Blog said...

the bluffs look pretty scary, not for walking up on. Great post and probably not in the school books.

Naperville Now said...

great shots -- and a new vocab word. Drumlin. Who knew?!

Deanna said...

Loved your history lesson!! Great shots of the bluffs, and thanks for the geography/history lesson.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your pictures are filled with stark beauty.

Jack said...

Those cliffs look very fragile. They must shed a lot of rock and soil every storm.

Randy said...

Great place to explore.

Small City Scenes said...

the Drumlins are very impressive.. And strange because the neighboring land doesn't look like that at all. How our lands are shaped is so very interesting. MB

Kerri said...

Looks like a beautiful place!

Miss Kodee said...

Love the perspective of the embankment.

Jim said...

I nice "D" word, Ms. T.G. Why didn't I post my Danger sign, it said to not feed the alligators.
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Splendid Little Stars said...

lovely landscapes! I learned something new!

Ann said...

The Great Gatsby?

Claudia Willison said...

Drumlins? Funny name - makes me think of Gremlins - LOL - sorry... The photos are great, I love rugged coastlines, no matter the weather.

Stopping by from Alphabe- Thursday - mine for letter 'D' @ ImagesByCW is about 'donner'

Mrs. Ruby Johnson c.1940 said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your fence pictures...I just love wooden fences anyway. On your D post, I would love to be where you were. It looks so lovely.

Jenny said...

I've never heard of a drumlin but I'm always delighted to learn a new word!

I shall be looking for funny hills when we go on our drives from now on!

Thanks for linking! Your pictures were quite dramatically delicious.

A+

Scudds Harrison said...

Aside from stunning photos, I've learned a new vocabulary, too ;) What a winner!

Well done!

All the best,
Scudds

Esther Joy said...

A "Drumlin" - You added a new word to my vocabulary today.

And your photos are always awesome!

Rose said...

I like the bit of history...love that second shot.

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