Wishing Stones

While the easiest reaction when seeing these towers of rocks and stones is to think that of aliens were here, it was pointed out to us that these are actually called wishing stones.  You’ll see them sporadically along parts of the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME, that is until you come across this one particular section where there are literally hundreds of these towers.  So many I was sure I would inadvertantly knock one over just by walking around.

Bob Lussier and I were in Ogunquit earlier this week to help a friend teach a photography workshop, and these structures were the perfect place to discuss composition, depth of field, etc. with the workshop participants.  We of course had to grab some shots for ourselves too, and this is one of my favorites.  We were shooting these during the middle of the day, so a black & white conversion seemed appropriate.

Make a wish.


  1. Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Nice conversion and dof! I like!

  2. Posted August 23, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I think the aliens visited the beaches of Toronto too. You can find these wishing stones all along the shores of Lake Ontario. Excellent shot Steven. Love the DoF.

  3. Posted August 23, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink


  4. Posted August 26, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I never knew these were called Wishing Stones. I came across a large collection of them in an isolated valley on my recent trip to Switzerland but was in too much of a hurry to get back down to stop for some shots. Black and White has worked real well here, Steven

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