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Arch Rock

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 December 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Arch Rock is a geologic formation on Mackinac Island in Michigan. It is a natural limestone arch formed during the Nipissing post-glacial period, a period of high Lake Huron levels following the end of the Wisconsin glaciation. To this day Arch Rock stands on the Lake Huron shoreline 146 feet above the water.

Limestone breccia is not an ideal material for natural bridges, and this type of formation is quite rare in the North American Great Lakes region. The Native Americans saw Arch Rock as a place of numinous power, and told many stories and legends about it.

Euro-Americans did not share many of the taboos of their Native predecessors, and treated Arch Rock as a curiosity to be admired. Its presence was a major element in the decisions to create Mackinac National Park in 1875 and its successor, Mackinac Island State Park, in 1895. Arch Rock has been a part of the State Park ever since. Today Arch Rock is a focus of Mackinac Island tourism, and is seen by many visitors to the Island. Several trails and paved roads, including the aptly named Arch Rock Road and Arch Rock Bicycle Trail, lead to the formation.

A two-shot panoramic captured October 3, 2016.

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Frances from Boston, United States

This is a superb scene Steven. Excellent color, great detail.

22 Dec 2016 5:07am

Martine from France

Superbe ! La couleur de l'eau est magnifique.

22 Dec 2016 5:14am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Cela fait rever cette eau si verte ..
Belle arche sur l'océan

22 Dec 2016 5:47am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

A hole in the light...
Merry Christmas!

22 Dec 2016 6:36am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Qual arche et vue quel compo et vu au travers très bien vu sueprbe.

22 Dec 2016 7:16am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Great Pov. Excellent Sea colors.

22 Dec 2016 7:58am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

The color of the water is superb.

22 Dec 2016 8:26am

yo from Ile de France, France

Une arche qui ressemble à notre Pont d'Arc dans le département de l'Ardèche :
Très belle prise !

22 Dec 2016 9:05am

@yo: Definitely a resemblance, but your Pont d'Arc has a better panoramic view. This one that I captured above was a hidden formation. I am zoomed out as far as possible and this is how close it was. :-) A reason I had to do a two-shot panoramic.

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb point of view and beautiful place.

22 Dec 2016 9:09am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors, lights & textures!
L O V E L Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!

22 Dec 2016 9:29am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, great arch and very beautiful color of the sea !

22 Dec 2016 9:54am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

C'est très beau cette photo! La lumière est très belle

22 Dec 2016 10:04am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully done using the arch to separate sky and water

22 Dec 2016 10:53am

Marité from France

J'adore la prise de vue !
Bonne journée !

22 Dec 2016 12:19pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Your usual impeccable framing and crisp detail does this natural gem total justice.

22 Dec 2016 1:31pm

Remus from Portugal

Beautiful colors and luminosity. Despite being a photo taken in October, for me, it is a photo that reminds me the summer.
Well done.

22 Dec 2016 2:51pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of nature's wonder. The history of such an arch is very interesting. Well done.

22 Dec 2016 3:58pm

Rol-T from lOVERVAL, Belgium

Very beautiful color, good photo

22 Dec 2016 4:30pm

jean pierre a from France

composition et couleurs superbes!! amitiés

22 Dec 2016 4:32pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful ! Superb colors .

22 Dec 2016 5:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful panorama that show off this arch in spectacular fashion.

22 Dec 2016 7:31pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Bien belle nature ! un endroit superbe !

22 Dec 2016 10:54pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is so very nice.

23 Dec 2016 1:06am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States


23 Dec 2016 3:01am

wcamille (Wallace) from Burlington, Canada

Excellent capture... Reminds me of a rock formation from one I captured in Gozo, Malta. Well done!

23 Dec 2016 7:50am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


23 Dec 2016 8:45am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Composed to show this off superbly!

23 Dec 2016 2:12pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

magnifique encadrement et beau point de vue.)

23 Dec 2016 3:50pm

Sam from Chennai, India

What a beautiful scene. Great colours and lovely details. Excellent composition. Love this. :)

24 Dec 2016 4:56am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Gorgeous capture - a most beautiful location.

24 Dec 2016 8:01am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful frame & rock formation.
Merry Christmas & happy Holidays to you and yours !

24 Dec 2016 9:22am

URSPO from PHOENIX, Venezuela

My parents met on Mackinac Island
Merry christmas to you!

24 Dec 2016 3:45pm