The cairn on Nab Scar

Published 28 July 2013

It’s probably compulsory. Tradition, or an old charter or something. You simply have to take photographs of cairns.

A few weeks ago I was on holiday in the Lake District. And boy, did I take a lot of photographs of cairns. No, let’s not beat around the bush here. I’m talking a LOT. Hey, I think that needs more emphasis. A LOT.

On the other hand, if you’ve even a modest dincum of an eye for a good photograph, then the cairn can be a wonderful thing. It’s a bold, definitive feature; a focal point for your picture.

A focal point can make the mundane view look fantastic. Look at the photograph above and try to imagine it without the cairn. Dull, eh? Boring. Nothing do it. Probably not a keeper. Certainly not worthy of A Sunday Picture.

Oh, but that cairn… Oh, it just makes it work. The isolation of the stones, surrounded by hills and lakes in the distance. The pile of rubble next to it. And that big sky.

Cairns. They’re fantastic things for photographers. I make no apologies for the number of cairn shots I have. Nor do I make any apology for how I’m going to end this post.

Cairns. They rock.

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