1 and 5 – Cairns (Rock Stacking)

I did a post a while back now about stacked stones, but it is becoming even more prevalent.It seems everywhere we travel we find Love Locks or Stacked Stones.


1 – A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn (plural càirn).

2 – Cairns were used as trail markers in many parts of the world, in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, as well as in barren deserts and tundra. They come in all shapes and sizes from quite small to an entire artificial hill.

3 – For some they are ‘Prayer-Stone’ stacks left in areas with a natural energy, and you will often find them in tranquil settings by water or up high on mountains overlooking tranquil valleys; occasionally you may even spot someone doing yoga!

4 – One particular artist in Colorado, USA has made an art form out of stacking rocks, and is now embroiled in a dispute of human safety with the Boulder, Colorado Police Dept now making it illegal to stack rocks??

5 – Somehow it has turned into a tourist thing, in the above photo was taken at Carrisbrook Creek (Great Ocean Road)………cars pulled up on the side of the road with all these people climbing down an embankment (yes us included) to see these stacked stones and the creek mouth. There was hundreds of them and people everywhere making more. Where did all these stones come from?

Til next time, safe travels and happy snapping…