Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sepia Saturday - Sitting on a Rock

This week the Sepia Saturday suggestion is a photograph of some people out sitting on a rock. LOST GALLERY has a BACK PAGE category for that. You've heard of people who are "outstanding in a field." Well, this category is for people, "Out sitting on a rock."

Oh, Mister Greenfingers, what are you suggesting?
"Oh, Mister Greenfingers, what are you suggesting?"

Sitting on a Rock
Girl on the rocks
Sitting on a rock

Girl on the rocks
Sitting on a rock

Thelma on rock 993

But "Wait" you say, "the Sepia Saturday suggestion isn't for just one person sitting on a rock!"

Okay Okay. I'm getting to it. Next we have TWO people sitting on a rock.

Wallet Worn Pinup

Two women on the rocks
two service men on mountain
This is me

Two Girls on a Rock
Two angels

Man and girl
Two girls on the rocks

But "wait" you say, ..." Okay Okay. I'm getting to it.

Next we have THREE people sitting on a rock.

two girls on rock steps

Three nymphs on a rock.
Three girls sitting on a rock
The pose on a rock.
Don't fight girls. There's room for all of you.

Out sitting on a rock
Three on a rock, two behind a tree...I bet that was a fun group. Somehow I get the impression that it's all the guy's fault.

Okay okay. There's no famous people here.

So, how about a famous rock?

Sailors and a girl

Umbrella Rock, Tennessee

Now, here are a couple photographs from LOST GALLERY of a famous rock. This is the popular tourist spot on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. It has been named "Umbrella Rock." There are LOTS of pictures of this rock around in family albums, with lots of people sitting on it.
The really noticeable thing is that nearly all of these photographs were from taken from exactly the same spot. Of course that may have been the ONLY spot the photographer could stand to get all of the rock and people into the frame.
Here are a few more. Go look.
Flickr - Gallery ONE! 18 pictures of the same rock!
FLickr - Gallery TWO! Includes contemporary photographs!
Post Card

Lookout Mountain again

Can't get enough?

Here's the BACK PAGE in LOST GALLERY called
Out Sitting On A Rock!

Now hike on back to the Sepia Saturday home page. There's more!

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. Hmmm! I notice no one poses *under* umbrella rock! :D

    1. Thanks Rosa. Yes, odd about that, isn't it?

  2. Great pictures and fun. What a rock! And thanks for the choice to see extra pix of people on the rock or I wouldn't have seen the ladder helping folks up there. I knew there had to be a fairly easy way - what with some of the women in nice skirts and heels!

    1. Thanks La Nightingail. Umbrella Rock was quite a tourist attraction around for many decades so there are lots of "novelty" photographs of it. NOW, it is considered dangerous and is fenced away from the public. I was glad to find finally, a photograph that included a ladder too. I wondered about how they got up there.

  3. Umbrella rock looks VERY precarious and dangerous. Thanks for the great collection. My favourite is the one by the dam wall - she looks like she's having a lot of fun.

    1. Thanks Brett Payne. Yes I does look rather unstable but apparently it was quite solid as the photographs of people climbing all over it shows. Only in recent times has it been deemed "dangerous." The girl by the dam does look like she's having a good time.

  4. I should have expected that you would have some rock pictures, but I underestimated how many!
    It happens that I have a great photo of children on the Umbrella Rock that I could have used for this weekend's Sepia Saturday theme I've held it back for another time. The Lookout Mountain Rock acquired fame from its part in the civil war battle of the same name, as otherwise it might have been just another rock.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. I would love to see your Umbrella Rock photograph. There are many of them, obviously a venue for a tourist shot. The photographer set up the camera so that it would look like the people were sitting right on the edge of a steep drop-off. He made sure to get the bend of the river and the hotel rooftop into the shot. When I found the first photograph I was able to begin research by blowing up the section on the right with the plaque that gives a brief history of the “Battle of Wauhatchie.”

  5. Wow! I thought I had a lot of rock photos - you win! :)

    1. Thanks Jackie van Bergen. Pictures of people sitting on a rock seems to be a popular theme of amateur photographers.

  6. I enjoyed scrambling over your rocky pictures this week. What is it about them that atttracts us so that we feel the need to play ‘The Little Mermaid’?

    1. Thanks Little Nell. I don't know what makes this pose so popular. There are several poses that run common through abandoned snapshots. The fake-fight, the elbow-belly, the chain. I have tried to collect as many of these common poses on separate pages as I can.

  7. Those Umbrella rock photos are fascinating. The last one of the lady on the ladder is extraordinary - it looks a very uncomfortable pose. Most of them are quite scary to look at - I keep worrying people will fall off.

    1. Thanks Alex Daw. Yes, they are quite fascinating. It is so curious that back around the turn of the 19th century people were climbing all over the rock. Now it is considered dangerous and is fenced off. Back then women in long skirts climbed to the top layer of the rock to pose for a picture. One has eleven people sitting on it.



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