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Glacial Striation

Glacial Striation
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Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3633 W: 199 N: 5643] (38024)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-24
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best pictures on TE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-11-26 13:59
Viewed: 2310
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is from the southern part of Gothenburg, at Cape Smith (Smithska Udden). The picture here is in direction towards southwest. In the low sunlight from south, you can clearly see the scratches in the abraded granite bedrock. This was indeed a perfect day, sunshine and no wind at all. The temperature was around freezing point.

These are formed by glacial striation (you can read more about this here).

During the last glacial period, which ended about 10 000 years ago, the ice moved from northeast to southwest, bringing along harder particles that formed these grooves in the granite.

The granite itself is nearly 1000 million years old.

This picture was taken in the same area.

Large version!

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Hello dear Gunnar,
Very nice capture from your homecountry with good pov and layout.
Nice light.
A place to sit down and start to meditate !
TFS and have a nice evening

hello gunnar. your note is quite attractive for geologists, and even though i am not one, i still do enjoy how you present the soft formation of nature and the accompanying calm seascape. the two sitters add human touch to the place.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2013-11-26 16:25]

Hello Gunnar,

Another fine picture of granite and a very fine note too - I think you are becoming a true geologist. Only one thing spoils my enjoyment of this post and that is the frustration that Map view seems not to have been working for the last week or so!

As so often is the case, the lighting here really makes this picture come alive, particularly as it brings out all the lovely textures of the granite, especially those glacial striations. It is also a very beautiful picture, the granite standing out perfectly against the smooth blue sea and the sky. The couple on the left and the tall mast with lifebelt add to the composition too.


Kind Regards,


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  • larsy (28)
  • [2013-11-26 23:41]

Snygg bild. Det kan vara lungt och stilla på havet även i november. Det ser ut att ha varit en härlig promenad.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9448 W: 157 N: 15258] (122965)
  • [2013-11-26 23:45]

Witaj Gunnar!
Beautiful landscape.
Excellent composition and colors.
I like light.
Persons add savor of photo.
Have a nice day

Hi Gunnar,
interesting rocks and beautiful quiet see.

Dobar dan.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa priroda.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good afternoon.
An interesting and good article on the place ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and moment shown.
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Beautiful nature.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.

Hello Gunnar - Being marries to a geologist, I am always interested in seeing shots that present rocks and geological features. Apart from this being an attractive shot with such pretty light, the details in the rounded rocks are nicely captured and the scrape marks are clearly visible. I like this a lot. Warm regards Rosemary

Hej Gunnar,
Ljuset är fantastiskt för att vara november och skuggorna framhäver bergsknallens mjuka rundningar. De två personerna kunde ju haft grannare kläder, men de fyller en funktion ändå. Stegen och livbojen är välpacerade och ger ett litet stänk av rött. Den stora versionen ger verkligen en bonus åt bilder som tål att dras upp rejält, och det gör ju denna.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11639 W: 126 N: 20922] (108085)
  • [2013-11-27 2:00]

Hi Gunnar,the weather is like in my country today,sunny but under zero,the winter is back in Italy too..ehehe...beautiful pic,whit a large view on the sea and a lot of space dedicate to these strange rocks,great light,colors and details,especially in the magnificent large version,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Gunnar,

Thank you for these notes. Most interesting!
The rock surface looks incredibly smooth; the two figures look as if they are aboard a giant whale! I love how the low sun has defined the humps and hollows with its light and shade.

A very well composed shot, the figures and the vertical extremely strongly placed. There is a fine sense of depth and a good dof.

Have a great day,
Bev :-)

Hello Gunnar,
The people gazing out to sea accentuate the majesty of the landscape. I like the amount of space given to the foreground rocks, which take on a sculpture look under the crisp November light. The image has excellent colours and sharpness.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3288 W: 0 N: 7482] (55057)
  • [2013-11-27 9:19]

The rock formations are very original, beautiful photo with perfrct composition, the people are very well placed in the photo, I like the color combination and excellent light
regards Ryszard

hello Gunnar
une trčs belle vue, la lumičre et les teintes sont superbes.
Belle présence des deux observateur, les ombres et les mouvement du rocher sont trčs agréables.
BOnne soirée

Those rocks looks like they been slowly eroded by wind or ice. Great pov and dof with nice details. Nice to have the people for scale. Sharp details. Well done, tfs.

Howdy Gunnar,

Fine geological scene for the glacial lines across the granite boulders, and the humans enjoying the view, with very blue clean waters.

Good job displaying Nature's handiwork,

Good afternoon Gunnar,
Those rocks are like an open geology book, especially after reading the Wiki-link attached.
Fine smoothed and polished for better than 10,000 years by sea and wind and ice, created a wonderful rocks formation.
The POV chosen p[laced well the couple sitting and watching the calm beautiful seascape.
Nice allocated pic. space, fine clear image.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13685 W: 0 N: 16026] (168148)
  • [2013-11-28 4:42]


quelle iamge un cile totalement pur limpide sueprbe cette éclairage et la forme de ces rocher tout lissé et ces deux personnages avec la vue et toute l'immensité splendide.
Bravo et amitié

Hi Gunnar, An interesting picture with a history of formation of these rocks. Great composition and natural colours. I like the shadows on the rock and the space you gave for the open sea. Wonderful POV. Thank for sharing

Bonjour Gunnar,

Tu as su saisir un trčs beau moment. Męme la pierre semble confortable et douce pour les fesses. Le cadrage est excellent et les personnages bien intégrés ā la nature environnante.



Hello Gunnar,
A very attractive picture, nicely composed and captured under a very pleasant light. The deep blue sea contrasting against the lined rocks makes for a vibrant image. There is an enticing and tranquil atmosphere about this shot with the two figures contemplating the vast stretch of calm water and sharing an intimate moment. Really beautiful.
Kind regards,

Hej Gunnar
A good one with mild light and delicate pastel colors, especially on the rounded rocks
Good use of the 2 people sited at the right place
Best regards

Hello Gunnar,
a very beautiful and interesting view, the large version is really captivating. I like very much how these fascinating rocks extend into the frame from the immediate foreground and how they make way for the fine, smooth seascape that takes over. The colours are rich and delightful, the textures of the rocks are so attractive and the smoothness of water and sky makes them stand out even more. There's superb depth and I also like the interest and intimacy provided by the two people. Congratulations and thank you! I appreciate your warm wishes very much!
All the best, have a great evening,

Hi Gunnar
A finely detailed coastal scape with excellent depth, perspective, richly coloured and pleasant clarity, along with the unique rock formation as main interest. Exposure is spot on, clean and fresh with lovely people presence to hold the eyes. Excellent capture, tfs
Best regards

Hello Gunnar,
I love the smoothness of the rocks, Good composition and a pleasant color combination. The long shadows help form a romantic mood.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9995 W: 144 N: 25041] (122307)
  • [2013-11-29 0:04]

Hi Gunnar, poor you why they do not put on the red jacket:). again these big stones so inviting to jump on them. Splendid view. Warm regards MAlgo

Ciao Gunnar
č sorprendente vedere come gli elementi atmosferici abbiano il potere e la forza levigare la pietra fino a renderne le forme dolci ed arrotondate.
Opera del mare, ma opera anche dei ghiacci che in epoche passate hanno abraso la pietra .
Quello che conta che oggi questo spettacolo naturale sia fruibile a patto di ripararsi dal freddo. Tu ci hai accompagnato in questa splendida visita con uno scatto di tutto rispetto, composto molto bene e caratterizzato da colori e nitidezza eccellenti.
Ciao e buon fine settimana

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14153 W: 1033 N: 28250] (134690)
  • [2013-11-29 16:49]

Hello Gunnar

The reddish magenta hued rocks contrast superbly against the deep blue sea and sky and the people add a focal point and animate the scene. Good sharpness and superb framing and composition. The ladder and life buoy in the middle of the rock suggest rough seas here sometimes? Tfs!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-11-29 23:28]

Hello Gunnar,
nice composition and colors here. Interesting informations about the glacial striation. Another good picture from Gothenburg.
Have a nice WE.

Bonsoir, cher Günnar,
Je suis toujours admiratif devant ces roches prenant des formes étonnantes et douces.
La beauté du spectacle est manifeste.
Tout est calme et reposant.
Une bien belle composition.

Ciao Gunnar, fascinating landscape with fantastic rocks in FG, lovely composition with sitting couple, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Gunnar,
I'm always impressed by these results of glacial abrasion.
The colour of these smooth sanded rocks give the impression of a warm feeling. Perhaps that's not how they feel in reality ...
For sure the coastline is a very beautiful one.
Best regards, Paul

Hi Gunnar
long shadows, soft light, smooth rocks, calm waters and two people enjoying everything I just mentioned :)
quiet moments like this can be memorable.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24280 W: 523 N: 40598] (174774)
  • [2013-12-02 3:26]

Hello Gunnar,

This is very nice picture with these two men between the big rocks.
Indeed a very nice day for to bring a visit, also your picture is very well.
Nice depth and perspective picture.
Very well composition, good presentation too. TFS.

Best regards,

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  • Glint Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1049 W: 30 N: 1226] (6171)
  • [2013-12-09 8:35]

hello Gunnar,
you have found a lovely mellow light here. I especially like the tactile quality of the rock. The shadows of the couple add dof. Nicely composed too with the post holding the life belt at the thirds line. An attractive image.

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2013-12-12 8:53]

Dear Gunnar,
a great impression with a wonderful atmosphere. The colors and the wonderful light are very pleasant. And what a fascinating place, so very well captured. Most of all I like this fantastic mood, one can see that the people who are sitting here are enjoying life! TFS!
Warm regards

Hello Gunnar, excellent and nice view of this beautiful calm sea, very well captured in this great and beautiful picture. A wonderful image with good sharpness, depth and quality. A great and beautiful work well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy weekend.
Best wishes from southern Spain.

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2013-12-17 22:54]

Hi Gunnar,

You're capturing well this place by a good angle and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the beautiful two objects of clean sea and abraded granite bedrock. It's tasteful color contrast, and the huge granite looks like a gift from great nature. It's also effective for curved seashore and the shadow projected to the rocks. And, the couple watching in the distance draws out a good impact in this image.

Kind regards,

Hello Gunnar!
Here's wishing all is well with you and yours!
I enjoy this foto and the one of Herring Bay very much. And the information about the landskap was fascinating! But between the two, this is my favorite -- perhaps because of the very still water, but certainly also for the inclusion of the couple and their fantastic shadows!
Do you know (as I am curious!) -- what is the function of the pole?
Happy holidays!
Best regards,

Austin, Texas

Hei Gunnar

Et fint høst-/vinterbilde fra skjærgården rundt Gøteborg. De myke linjene i dette kystlandskapet minner meg om landskapet ved Tjøme og Nøtterøy sør i Oslofjorden. Fascinerende lys som kaster lange skygger bidrar til å skape fin dynamikk. Med det vide utsyn denne plassen byr på, er det slett ikke rart at noen har funnet sin plass i den lave solen, helt i sjøkanten. Herlig!

Et Godt Nytt År ønskes deg og dine!

Hilsen Erling

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2014-01-01 14:15]

Hej Gunnar,

Vilket fantastiskt väder vi hade bara för några månader sedan. Ditt foto förmedlar att paret på klippan verkligen njuter av såväl det vackra vädret som den fina utsikten. Kopositionen tror jag inte kunde vara mycket bättre och stolpen med livbojen är mycket välplacerad. Jag får önska god fortsättning!


Hi Gunnar,
Beautiful landscape with a lovely light on the blue sea and on these rocks, Good composition with these two people, i like the lateral light and these shadows.

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2014-01-17 12:29]

Hello Gunnar,

You're right, the light was incredible that day, allowing the two people sit on the rocks to watch the line of the horizon very far away !

Have a nice week-end,


namaste Gunnar,
an interesting capture it is. Those scratches caused by glacial
striation are clearly visible here. I like how you showed it with razor sharp details and with a nice view at background. The frame is marvellous. Very well done. Tfs.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13606 W: 295 N: 27111] (108851)
  • [2014-03-21 9:46]

Hi Gunnar,
very nice the snapshot with the couple i suppose to be sitting on the rocks enjoying the endless view as the calmly of the area.The Column with the buoy was placed perfect in the frame with the falling light to enhance the details and the beauty of this glacial striation.


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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8686 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61473)
  • [2014-03-21 10:02]

Hi Gunnar
Finaly we have the other side
Very good dominant view
The lights direction shows us the rocks texture
Well done
Best regards

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