A few weekends ago Dave and I took a day trip up to the Hocking Hills to visit Rock House, which is, I think, the only "natural feature" within the Hocking Hills that I've never been to. (There are lots of cool natural features to visit in the Hocking Hills: Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Cantwell Cliffs and Rock House.)
It's quite an amazing place, to say the least. The color and structure of the rocks blew my mind.
I don't like this picture much because it's blurry and overexposed, but I see Jabba the Hut's face in the rock on the right. Does anyone else see it?
Taken within the rock house. Notice the graffiti (click photo to enlarge). It always disheartens me to see such defacement and disrespect of natural features.
Also from within the rock house. I bet that place is awesome in the summer - we could feel a lovely breeze running in one end and out the other. Nature's own air conditioning!
For any city dwellers, bear with me, but I was excited to see Rock Pigeons there. Not only because I hardly ever see pigeons, but also because I think they're beautiful birds with all their color variations. It was a bonus to see them in their natural habitat! We also heard Phoebes singing among the trees and rocks.
I enjoy the rhythmic cooing of the pigeons, and it was interesting to hear it amplified by the natural curves of the rocks. Before we left, I heard little baby pigeons begging to be fed, but I did not search for the nest.
It wasn't until I zoomed in on some of the pigeon pics that I noticed at least one of the birds was banded. I think others may have been too. It's too bad the pictures aren't more clear and that I can't make out what might be written on the band.
And now we bid you farewell from the Hocking Hills. I'll post more pictures in April after the Shoot the Hills photo competition, if not sooner.