When you follow the winding road to the top of Shenandoah Mountain, the border between Highland and Augusta Counties in the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, you’ll find the Confederate Breastworks, remnants of a Civil War encampment dating back to 1862. At the nearby town of McDowell, North and South fought a formidable battle preceded by a long period of camping in the snow.
The incomparable view overlooking the mountain wilderness explains the logic of the encampment but also gives us an inkling of the hardships involved in trying to survive the desolate winter with its howling winds, miles from civilization:
Times are a lot more peaceful now in this remote region. Apart from the million-dollar view, another treasure awaits the intrepid traveler: a massive stone wall built with rocks from the surrounding area.
There is a unique beauty to stone. Colors and textures give clues to their origin and sometimes even their age. A rock around here can be millions of years old. Rocks have been around for a very long time and if we sit with them long enough, they’ll ground us, and soak up our contemporary stress and war stories.
The large red stones, in particular, caught my attention and became the object of my curiosity and admiration:
Maybe some of my readers will know more about these intriguing stones?
This post was created in response to this week’s theme for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge”Object.”