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It’s Hot, But We’re Not! July 21, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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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!    😉


1. jomegat - July 21, 2011

Great job holding down those boulders. It’s nice to have volunteers like you two! 😀

2. Randal Graves - July 22, 2011

Oh man, those rocks are spectacular, much nicer than the Brutalist architecture all too common ’round here, heh.

3. Steve - July 22, 2011

We have rock stackers in our family – and we’ve left stacks in various streams in NC.

The black and white shot reminds me also of scrimshaw…

4. lisahgolden - July 22, 2011

What a gorgeous way to enjoy the summer day. Much better than melting. The rock photos are a wonder.

5. littlebangtheory - July 22, 2011

Thanks All. Jomegat, it’s the least we can do – which is always my preferred mode. 😉

Randal, rocks are by their nature “brutalist,” they don’t know any other way to be. But somehow it seems righter when they do it than when we do it.

Steve, yes, scrimshaw does indeed come to mind. It’s funny how the branches of art reflect and ratify each other.

Lisa, thanks for that. We’re expecting to be back there tomorrow, as it’s predicted to be another scorcher!

6. gina - July 24, 2011

Aaaaaaaaaaaah…near water, the only place to be!

7. littlebangtheory - July 24, 2011

Yeah, it was cool. Brought back a lot of memories, M’Dear. 🙂

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