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Wired Rock. (Wires 3, and final...)

Posted by
Joyce (Montana, United States) on 29 September 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

There was nobody on this ranch property to tell me what the heck this is about. So, if not a practical purpose failed, it is rock N wire art, and brilliant. This hanging rock is at least 2 feet long and maybe one foot thick.

There were dates and initials etched into the cliff from 1890s. The barbed wire has been digging into the rock for some time, which also shows the power and persistence of our wind here.

This is up against the hills on the west side of Paradise Valley. More of this interesting cliff and newly explored part of the valley in next posts.

Thank you for your visit and comments. I so enjoy hearing from you and seeing the world through your lens.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wow ... interesting sighting, and maybe someone will come up with a theory ... or a story. ;D

29 Sep 2011 1:44pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Isn't it weird funny?

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Some kind of naturally artistic proof of Newton's Law? A cool and head scratching find, no matter the actual reason.

29 Sep 2011 5:21pm

@Rick: Yup. Just cannot imagine anything rational. But then that's not so unusual in my daily POV.

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Poses an interesting riddle...if ithe rock fell and no one was there to hear it fall, would it make a noise??? Just being silly...interesting idea...keep us posted if you solve this!

29 Sep 2011 6:23pm

@Shar: snicker....and that is fitting of the mischief around this rock

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Hmmmm . . . reminds me of something Wile E. Coyote would rig up in his fruitless attempts to catch the Roadrunner. Really fantastic find Joyce!

30 Sep 2011 1:11am

@Jason Politte: Yes yes yes yes yes yes!!! Wiley E. Coyote. : D :D

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

interesting and intriguing bit of art... nicely captured with great sharpness and detail!

30 Sep 2011 2:11am

@DarkElf: Thanks! I did try to capture it best. Luckily the light was on it.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wow, how interesting this is. Amazing.

30 Sep 2011 5:02am

@LauraS: Just so!

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

I hate to burst everyone's bubble but this is not a rare occurrence, not really common but I have seen it before. It usually happens, around hear, in the bottom of a coulee, a steep valley. The rancher uses something, a large rock usually but I have also seen a heavy metal weight, to counteract the upward pull the the hill sides put on the wire. Looking at the photo it also seems like the post was not able to be bounded in very deep so they would be try to anchor it. So that is the practical reason. It still makes a great photo.

30 Sep 2011 2:43pm

@Candais: Hey thanks for the input. Sounds functional, but I don't quite understand what this means: "upward pull the hillsides put on the wire." But anchoring the fence does find a place in my simple mind. :-D

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Really weird for me. I don't get the usefulness of that. Very interesting image.

30 Sep 2011 3:40pm

@Francisco Romero: Someone just posted that it anchored the above fence because not enough earth to ground it...... But is interesting, yes. :-D

Andrea from Regina, Canada

What is utility to the rancher, is art to the photographer! Very interesting photo, either way.

30 Sep 2011 4:56pm

@Andrea: YES!!!!!

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

strange, indeed :) wonderful capture, nonetheless!

3 Oct 2011 1:30am

@Tim: Thanks Tim. Anomalie I think.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

That really makes you want to know the story, doesn't it?

4 Oct 2011 1:00am

@Julie L. Brown: I imagine it is practical, or a prank. But I enjoy not knowing. I like anomalies.

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

That's amazing

5 Oct 2011 6:14am