It’s Hot, But We’re Not! July 21, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: boulders, cold river, river cairns, serpentinite, sun bathing
This past weekend was a scorcher, especially in the lower climes, so I invited my Susan to join me for an afternoon at the Cold river. Flowing as it does through a high, narrow valley and getting less sun than the wider water courses in these parts, it’s of a scale which is easily assimilated by humble minds and lives up to its chilly name.
We parked at a spot which has room for only one car (ours!) in a half-mile stretch, so we wouldn’t see another soul.
And we didn’t. We walked the short distance down to the boulder-strewn river bed:
…and set to exploring.
It was magical; Susan got deeply into building delicate stone towers:
…while I scoped out the scene for photos. The place was rich with opportunities, and I was soon hunkered down amongst the rocks, framing shots of the rich range of colors on display:
The predominant rock type here is schist, but there are chunks of blue-green serpentine as well. I like the complexity of this rock, with its angular features on a micro scale:
…and its colorful weathering:
There are also a lot of big round quartzite boulders, which display a weathering pattern known as “spalling,” and look like they’ve been carved with a round chisel:
As a black and white image, I think that shot evokes old India ink drawings.
Eventually we got down to the hard work of the day: holding down the big boulders and keeping a bit of the sun off them:
It was grueling, enduring the hypnotic pink noise of the burbling cascades and all.
But hey, somebody’s got to do it, and we volunteered!