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A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn. Cairns are used as trail markers in many parts of the world.

View across the lagoon. Cairns is a major city on the east coast of Far North Queensland in Australia.

One of our more colourful butterflies the Cairns Birdwing.

Happy Wing Wednesday!

Cairn (NY 28540 27171) is Wainwright and Birkett summit

It's a grand cairn ;-)

Cairn is a term used mainly in the English-speaking world for a man-made pile of stones. It comes from the Irish: carn (plural cairn) or Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn). Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also in barren desert and tundra areas. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose, conical rock piles to delicately balanced sculptures and elaborate feats of megalithic engineering. Cairns may be painted or otherwise decorated, e.g. for increased visibility or for religious reasons.


In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. Since prehistory, they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes.


(from wiki)


These cairns have the best view in the world! Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord in the background.

Cairns do obedience only when they want too.

Cairns du Signal Forbes (2198m) dans le Massif du Mont Blanc (Haute-Savoie).

On the roadside of the Captain Cook Highway (between Cairns and Port Douglas) is a large collection of balanced rock cairns. It seems to be known locally as the "balancing rocks". It was quite tricky get photos due to the place being full of unimaginative Instagrammers.

Another cairn shot from Crinkle Crags.

Tropical predawn - the magic hour. Welcome to Tropical North Queensland Australia

On the Atlantic coast between Dalmore and Gearrannan blackhouse village.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon on a grey day.


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Found this near the peak of Ben Lawers and thought it looked pretty cool, not sure if it is a cairn in the shape of a wall or just an old wall.

Cairns du Signal Forbes (2198m) dans le Massif du Mont Blanc (Haute-Savoie).

Stone cairns on top of Tindale Fell near to Brampton in Cumbria. A very wet and windy day on top here after a long walk from Talkin village.

One of the many cairns on Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell in the background :-)

Late afternoon colours photographed while returning from the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns.


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The curb stones holding back the smaller cairn of Listoghil (Carrowmore)

At the top of Jacobs ladder, marking the path junction,...Aug 2014

Anybody who hasn't travelled to Cairns or though about getting there at some point should really check this place out. We had such a great time there…


Nikon D800

24-70 f/2.8g


Explore: Best Position #1

Late to the game, but I had fun playing.

Cairns atop Chandrashila peak at sunrise with panorama of Himalayan peaks.


The Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

An unusual cairn, quite artistic :-)

Another wonderful day in Cairns

Stone Cairn on Camenabologue county Wicklow. This was the last high point on a long trek through the Fraughn rock glen onto Lugnaquillia and then back over the table track and down into Glenmalure. I only saw one other person on the table track and that was a solitary hillrunner; we passed with a nodded hello probably both thinking our solitude had been intruded upon.

This is a panorama I took consisting of 8 photos, overlooking Cairns in North Queensland. It was a beautiful clear day heading up to the Atherton Tablelands.


(The Henry Ross Lookout is on the Kennedy Highway (part of the Savannah Way), which cuts its way up the Macalister Range above Smithfield, a township in the Northern Beaches stretch north of Cairns, to Kuranda at the top of the range.

The Kennedy Highway affords spectacular views of the low lying areas between the range and the ocean, and also takes one through lush rainforest areas.) <----- Pesky Facts lol


I thought you all may like something a little different from my sunrise/sunset collection ;) Although there are many more of them to come.

Cairn on top of Helvellyn back lit by the rising sun after an epic night climb up the mountain to catch the sunrise. Awsomeness

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