While Pennsylvania may lack the more visible features of an astonishing landscape – mountains, for one – that doesn’t mean that it suffers from a dearth of fascinating elements. They’re just a bit more subtle, or a bit more hidden, but still plenty impressive. Take the Boulder Field, for example. A glacial remnant from about 15,000 years ago, the field covers a broad patch of Hickory Run State park and is composed of boulders ranging from huge to stone-sized, and continues to a depth of at least ten feet.
Pretty impressive, huh?
The problem with the Boulder Field is a photographic one, and frankly the same problem that most impressive landscapes create – how do you capture the magnificence of them, how do you show the actual size? Photos tend to diminish size; it gets lost in the capture. I included the people in the photo below to try and provide a sense of scale, to keep the enormity of the Field preserved in the photo. It’s a popular and well-published technique, although one that I don’t generally care for. Maybe I’m a purist, but I usually prefer my landscapes to be people-free.
Trying to keep a low angle that accentuates the size of the boulders and including the trees for some scale accomplishes much the same as including people (or another artificial element). Although really I’m not sure that any photo could really capture the true feeling of the Field. It’s definitely a place I’ll keep returning to – especially with a wide-angle lens. It’d be a killer spot to shoot astrophotography from, although I’m not sure the park service would allow that…