Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

Of Nature’s Artistry and Man’s ‘Inukshuk’ at the Lakeshore

Driftwood sculptures abound along the shorelines of the Arrow Lake. While canoeing on the lake south of Fauquier, I discovered some more, which I would like to share with you. There are also man-made structures that campsite visitors have set up following their artistic urges. Viewing them, I felt inspired to build an ‘inukshuk’ myself. Strictly speaking, these stone structures are not inukshuks. The latter have their origin in the monuments of the Inuit people in the Canadian Arctic. Among the stones, I found one that appeared to have a smiling face and in a precarious balancing act, I managed to put it on top of two other bigger stones. Enjoy.

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36 comments

  1. Pit · September 11, 2019

    I love driftwood.

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    • Peter Klopp · September 11, 2019

      So do I, driftwood is one of my favourite objects for my camera.

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  2. thecedarjournal · September 11, 2019

    I think you should have gone into art. I love the last face looking towards the sky!

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    • Peter Klopp · September 11, 2019

      Oh, thank you for the compliment! In another life I would perhaps be an artist. But here I am content being a photographer.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Amy · September 11, 2019

        Ah, but a photographer IS an artist, Peter!

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  3. kopfundgestalt · September 11, 2019

    Der schaut in die Natur und liebt, was er sieh.t 🙂

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  4. Stella, oh, Stella · September 11, 2019

    I love the tree art!
    The stone with the face has the shape of a sphinx’s head, a happy sphinx …

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  5. Des · September 11, 2019

    Peter, you captured the beauty of the rocks and driftwood on a clear, sunny day, which really appeal to me. At night, I bet they’re the type of things nightmares are made of.

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    • Peter Klopp · September 11, 2019

      Walking among those structures in the dark could be nightmarish indeed. Thanks for the comment, Des!

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  6. Amy · September 11, 2019

    These are both beautiful and fascinating. How large is the rock with the smiling face?

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  7. Pure Glory · September 11, 2019

    Love the driftwood sculptures and the rock face looking up/ Peter, you have captured beauty that many would miss. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings!

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  8. Su Leslie · September 11, 2019

    Lovely! Making art with found objects, especially in their natural setting, is very satisfying.

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  9. crowcanyonjournal · September 11, 2019

    That stone guy in your last photo sure looks like he is proud of himself!

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  10. Robert Parker · September 11, 2019

    Nice shots of the driftwood, and I love this cheerful-looking rock person, looking up at the sky. 🙂

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  11. tanjabrittonwriter · September 11, 2019

    I can definitely see the smiling face! It engendered a response in kind. 😊

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  12. arv! · September 11, 2019

    Lovely. People in the Himalaya commonly stack rounded stones like this. It has spiritual implication and considered auspicious. Thanks thanks for sharing this from your part of the world.

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  13. www.corneliaweber-photography.com · September 11, 2019

    I love driftwood for the fact, that it has to tell so many stories about being tossed around from wild waves and ending up at the shore. Tank you Peter for your great images

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  14. Sartenada · September 11, 2019

    Gorgeous nature art. Thank you letting me have a possibility to admire these.

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  15. Steve Schwartzman · September 14, 2019

    That face is a great find.

    I have mixed feelings about stacked stones. Sometimes I appreciate the artistry. However, in some scenic places I’ve encountered so many stacks of stones it was impossible for me to take a photograph of unadorned nature.

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  16. Sarah · September 18, 2019

    That’s art I love! 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Ankur Mithal · September 19, 2019

    Well done Peter 🙂 Quite a patrician look, with nose high in the air.

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  18. Leif Price · October 13

    Driftwood, stones in their natural setting and tone. Makes a great subject for photos. Good job!

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