Susan of phantsythat, who knows my love of rocks, sent me a fascinating link to a pictorial story about tafoni. Oh my, what stunning photos! Tafoni are small cave-like features found in granular rock such as sandstone, granite, and sandy-limestone with rounded entrances and smooth concave walls, often connected, adjacent, and/or networked.

Though the term is new to me, these rock formations are familiar and something I have photographed intensively on Hornby and Gabriola Islands on our BC coast. I became inspired to revisit some of my hundreds of photos, of which a number have been posted here over the years. I have chosen these few from Gabriola Island which I hope haven’t appeared before.

It’s great to now have a name for these formations though I personally have called some ‘rock lace’. If you are interested and perhaps have not seen them before, you may like to visit a few of those older posts, such as:

rock lace and a great example of tafoni on Hornby Island

– lots of these on the beach at Pilot Bay, and in wall-like formations on Gabriola Island

Oh, and of course, the banner at the top of this site is tafoni!

Thank you, Susan, for thinking of me and my passion for unusual rocks!

May 26, 2014 in Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks by Marja-Leena