Pillar Rock

The image in my header is of Pillar Rock along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.  I saw it the first time as we were headed to Chéticamp, but we didn’t stop then as it was late and we wanted to get to our destination.  I absolutely wanted to stop the next day though and take the photo. 

I have seen pillar rocks or spider rocks or flower pots or monoliths – take your pick of names – in lots of places in my travels.  Somehow, they always fascinate me.  They are grand, yet they are isolated.  They inspire awe but also loneliness.  I love this photo in particular because to me it evokes melancholy, even though it was a bright, sunny day… 

What is it about them that fascinates humans so, to the point that we feel compelled to name them, photograph them and turn them into tourist attractions?

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