Rorschach Sandstone

I took a hike through the woods at Blackhand Gorge, a state nature preserve in Licking County. Eons ago the Licking River gouged out the soft sandstone of the Black hand sandstone leaving towering cliffs of harder stone; but that’s not where the gorge got its name. The gorge was named, as the story goes, from a black marking on the cliffs created by the Native American Indians as a sign they were entering a neutral zone. Many tribes traveled through the gorge on their way to what is now known as Flint Ridge to collect the sharp rock for tools and weapons.

The clear day with smooth water allowed this image of the water meeting the cliff. But where does the cliff end and the water begin? And the resulting shapes certainly could be used in some sort of psychological testing. I think I see an eagle…