Indian Mound Reserve, Cedarville, Ohio
"Beautiful things don't ask for attention." - Sean O' Connell
The Pollock Works in Cedarville don't look like much at first sight, but these natural formations are older than you and I. These embankments date back to the Hopewell Indian culture (100 BC - 500 AD). They are currently preserved as a natural historic place and rightfully so. Walking between them is so fascinating.
I fondly remember going on a field trip here in junior high and getting to see the Williamson Mound. Coming back all these years later felt nostalgic. This was actually taken during my second photographic trip back. The first time had me experimenting with an external flash inside the rather dark cliffs. I was not happy with the results at all. Having returned again a few months later and armed with more knowledge. I made this successful capture and a handful of others.
It was essential to bracket this shot as it is very dark inside versus the outside. Everything here is now well exposed with the giant stones in the middle foreground being the main interest. Your eyes are then led to the leftmost opening and out. Once again, it pays off to let your "ideas be shelved" for a while only to return with a fresh eye and perspective.
"Nature teaches life lessons and is a reminder to take action. Our time is finite so every fleeting moment is as special as the next."
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