Photographer's Note

Shelburne Falls is one of the cutest little towns I know, with two main attractions - the Flower bridge and the glacial potholes. despite the fact that we have visited the town on several occasions, I haven't had any luck with trying to get an interesting photo of the Flower bridge, and up until recently the same went for the potholes (I even had this photo posted here to share my frustration). now I have a photo that at least show the potholes - the round cavities in the rock.

over 50 glacial potholes in the Deerfield River [the area was known as "Salmon Falls" in Indian days] is one of the largest known concentrations of these natural sculptures, ranging in size from as small as 15 cm (6 inches) diameter to the largest pothole in the world on record - 11,7 meters (39 feet) across. I have read two different versions of how these potholes were created. the first version claims that potholes formed when stones trapped in cracks in the riverbed were twirled and vibrated in the fast-moving current, drilling their way into the river bottom. on the other hand, the information on display in the Glacial Garden in Lucerne, Switzerland, states that the theory of rotating stones is "antique" and that according to the modern theory potholes were created when sand and gravel eroded the rock in the place where melt-water plunged through crevasses on glacier’s surface and created whirlpools, since in such places the water was under very high pressure and travelling at up to 200 km/h.

RAW, ISO 200, 50mm focal length, spot metering, auto white balance.

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