The Boulder Field

The Boulder Field – f/11, 36mm, ISO 100, 1/20 second, no filter – 6 X 18 – 52 Mega Pixels

The boulder field located near White Haven, Pennsylvania and part of Hickory Run State Park is one of the unique places I have seen. It was formed 20,000 years ago, a 16-acre, 12-foot-deep phenomenon created during the last ice age that is according to the site info at the NW entrance. How many football field is that? That is how big the place is.

Don’t you just love nature? My wife and son love the place. They went hiking up to the middle most part of the field, I was just there at the entrance taking photos as usual, lol.

This place was not that difficult to shoot. First of all the illumination was almost even. I just used matrix metering and meter the scene at the center and did some test shots. I settled with 1/20 seconds. Second, I set manual focus to infinity, everything up to infinity will be in focus. Third, I then I took 8 shots panned from left to right. Fourth, I just let Adobe Photoshop do it’s magic.
Before taking these shots I waited for some clouds to pass by because a blue sky is boring to me. I also waited for the sunset colors to reflect to the clouds but no luck. Oh well, you can be a master of technique but you can’t master mother nature, that is from Peter Lik.

Hope you like it!



16 thoughts on “The Boulder Field

  1. Great! Abe, do you take test shots and choose your preferred shutter speed, then keep a consistent shutter speed across the pano? Even if you have significantly brighter and darker areas?

  2. Many years ago I was a counselor at a camp near White Haven and saw this field of boulders then. Love the quote about organizing nature. How true. I always enjoy your posts, Abe, partly because the images are so grand and partly because you do a little teaching along with your posts. Thank you.

  3. Your images are great and make me wish I was in many of those places. Thank you for sharing them. I have nominated you for the one lovely blog award and very inspiring blogger award.
    Here are the award rules. Great work!

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    *Share 7 things about yourself

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  4. The pitting on Hickory Run sandstone and quartzite boulders is similar to that on the diabase boulders of the two Ringing Rock boulder fields in Southeastern PA, indicative of a similar catastrophic origin. If the continental US were in the debris field of the hypothesized icy-body that impacted the Laurentide ice sheet, 12,900 years ago, then boulder fields attributed to ice-age frost heave could instead have been fractured by secondary impacts and funneled into ravines by pyroclastic flows of superheated icy-body phyllosilicates.

    The pitted boulders which boulder fields tend to have in common with one another regardless of rock type compares with the absence of pitting in boulders outside of boulder fields could be attributed to the scouring action of super–high-velocity extraterrestrial material. (The exceptionally tough diabase boulders of the Triassic terrain apparently resist fracturing better than more brittle sandstone or quartzite under catastrophic impact and scouring, resulting in larger boulders with more clearly defined pits, pot holes and striations.)

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