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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.

 

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

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

at Cracken Edge, looking across to South Head

Another cairn shot from Crinkle Crags.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

On the Atlantic coast between Dalmore and Gearrannan blackhouse village.

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

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

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…

 

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

 

Cairns mudflats. I took a series of images of this intriguing place and keep dipping back into them. An ugly wasteland of a beach to some - fascinating and quite beautiful to others.

 

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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.

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Spent a day having a wander around the Cairn gorms where there is so much snow they had opened the slopes for sking and snowboarding. Whilst wandering around i spooked some red grouse so spent most of the day chasing them (Got very wet and it was very unsuccessful) but i am definitely going to go back for some snowboarding and to look for Ptarmigans. :)

 

Just wondering what image viewers you folks use, i use windows viewer and images seem allot different on that, and they seem to drastically change on each different screen i view my images on. And change even more when i upload them to Flickr.

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 Lower Man, Skiddaw.

Two quick postings as our electricity is going to be turned off at 9am.. must remember to pay our bills.. lol. the electricity board is removing trees from near pylons..

Another wonderful day in Cairns

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A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the 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.

 

Le mot vient de l'écossais càrn qui a un sens beaucoup plus large : il peut désigner plusieurs types de collines ainsi que des amoncellements naturels de pierres. Évidemment, à cause de la simplicité du concept, les cairns sont présents partout dans le monde dans les régions alpines et montagneuses. On peut aussi les trouver dans les déserts et les toundras.

 

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Cairn in this beautiful mountains landscape near Engelberg, Swiss.

 

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Some of these "rocks" fall part to the touch. A scene from the Great Plains Trail in Toadstool Geological Park.

Colored pencil and watercolor portrait of a Cairn Terrier.

This beautiful cairn was marking the trail. In the background, you can see Laguna Torre and Cerro Torre.

 

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View from Beinn Alligin over the Applecross peninsula and across the Inner Sound to the Cuillin on Skye. The cairn is on the broad plateau near Tom na Gruagaich.

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Spotted two cairns some stacked down to the beach today.

A cairn is a man-made stack of stones. Cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. This one is located on the top of the Grand Meyret, between the Col du Granon and Briançon (France).

 

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Cairns from the Copperlode Lookout under a full moon

View of Cairns area in Northern Queensland, Australia.

Cairns Airport can be seen in the middle of the photo.

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Beach on the Olympic Peninsula

What is a cairn?

Wikipedia describes a cairn as a “man made pile of stones, often in a conical form.” Basically, they’re a pile of rocks that are stacked on top of each other to look nice.

A cairn site has four main purposes. The first is the marking of a grave or in memory of a loved one in their passing. The second is its use by climbers as a symbol of their success in reaching of the summit of a mountain. Thirdly, it a cairn is used as a form of a path specifically across glaciers or barren, stony terrain. Lastly, a cairn has been used as a sea marker to help mariners determine their location.

 

Cairns occupy most of the flat surfaces at the end of the Oneonta Gorge, creating a mystical and spiritual environment.

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