Monday, October 5, 2015

Finding The Perfect Balance At Arabia Mountain





Sometimes when my husband and I are walking at Arabia Mountain, we will notice that someone has taken the time to place the rocks together in a very artistic way.  We thought that this particular creation looked very nice with the Yellow Daisies surrounding it.
 
You can see a better detail of the stones in the photo above.  Are you amazed at how the stones are positioned here? Look at that one big sharp rock at the right holding up the others...I wonder how long this took for someone to do?  Only one person or several?
Earthlings or aliens?  Who knows? I keep telling you that Arabia Mountain is out of this world!
 
On this same day, we discovered another one.  Richard is convinced that this must be the work of several, we can't see how it could be done by just one person...
 
Here is a closer look...
There is nothing holding these rocks together, they are just perfectly balanced!
And the Yellow Daisies are wildflowers that grow only within about a 50 mile radius of this area. (Some say 30 mile radius.)  Look at that yellow against the grey of the stone! Just gorgeous!
 
 

33 comments:

  1. The patience it must take to do these formations must be immense. They are fun to look at.

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    1. Thanks, Emma. Glad you like them too!

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  2. Fabulous images, Kay! Amazing balance! If only I could strike that in my life! Have a lovely Tuesday!

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    1. I know, Louise, I keep searching for that balance in my life too! Have a great week!

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  3. The arch (and also the other "building", but more so the arch) is a great example of how physics and statics work in building. It took humans quite a while to figure out how to build proper arches and domes and cupolas, but once they knew how, there was no stopping them, and they strove to build higher and larger all the time. Think St. Peter's in Rome, or some of the ancient Roman buildings!
    The grey rocks against the yellow backdrop of the daisies look great, thank you for those lovely pictures!

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    1. Arches! Aren't they amazing? Also, in architecture the arches allow more freedom of air, if they makes any sense...if you stand in an archway you will know what I mean! Did you see or read "Pillars of The Earth"? About the building of cathedrals? Amazing!
      I know you love to walk with us and enjoy the flowers too!

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    2. Yes, I read and loved "Pillars of the Earth"! Afterwards, I felt as if I could personally build a cathedral now, I learned so much about it from that book!

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  4. We came across about six piles of stones like that on one of our local beaches a few years ago. They stayed on the beach for weeks and weeks until the first of the Autumn gales and high tides destroyed them. Such patience to construct something like that. Very impressive. Loved your pictures. How is Stone Mountain?

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    1. Oh! I love that everyone who saw your stones didn't bother them. Very often when we see something that someone has done with the rocks at Arabia, we take a photo since some mean person will tear it down.
      Stone Mountain! Oh you have reminded me, I MUST do a post about that dear mountain too, also very precious to me and to you too, I know!
      Take care! xx

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  5. Oh a real piece of environmental art, isn't it! have you seen Andy Goldsworthy's work? perhaps they were inspired by that.

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    1. Yes, I read the BBC so you know I have heard of him! I think before I heard of him, I read of Adrian Gray...I think that is his name, and his work is amazing!
      And thanks for your comment, Jenny Woolf!

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  6. The rock 'sculptures' are amazing, and work so well in the landscape with the yellow flowers. I hope they stay there for a long time. Some very talented person has been visiting!

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    1. Oh yes indeed, I was only kidding about an alien! People can do amazing things when they put their minds to it. x

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  7. The balanced rocks are a work of art for sure. I always find that a walk in nature puts me in balance.

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    1. Yes, you understand the meaning behind my words! :-)

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  8. Wow! Some people are so creative, and i'm glad people are allowed to do this at Arabia Mountain. In some places, you aren't allowed to move the stones, or anything else.

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    1. Arabia Mountain...it was once a quarry (the stones are really beautiful) and it is has if the men working the quarry were just zapped up into a spaceship...there are loose rocks and rock piles all over! HOWEVER, it is a county park now and lovely NATURE is taking over! I really wouldn't bother any of the rocks myself but a few carefully placed stones here and there don't seem to be doing any harm AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT STOMPING ON ANY OF THE BELOVED WILDFLOWERS OR PLANTS!
      Sorry, that deserved capitals!!

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  9. Very cool photos of very cool rockpiles!

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  10. amazing sculptures! And I love those yellow flowers.

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    1. We look forward to the Yellow Daisies every year, as nice as they look in the photos, nothing beats them in person!!

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  11. Isn't it nice when we find something man made that adds to the appeal of a natural area? If only it happened more often. How I'd love to have the patience (and skill) to create something like these. They are both really impressive!

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    1. We have seen many creations over the past years where someone has placed the stones in patterns, like a labyrinth. Just lately have we seen the stones balanced like this. Sad to say, someone always comes along and messes it up. We get photos of them so they will live in our photos!

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  12. There's something ancient looking about the stacking of those stones. Amazing!

    Love the yellow daisies.

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    1. I know! Everyone knows Stonehenge in England but my husband is just as impressed by the stones in Avebury. (Mike at a bit about Britain just did a great post about Avebury.)
      LYNN! YOU are close to Arabia Mountain, make sure you get there to see them!!

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  13. What wonderful creations! They can either last forever, or perhaps one day they will fall and be created into something new again, which ever they are and will be beautiful! xx

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    1. Here is what will happen to those stones...someone will knock them down, you can depend on it. Never mind, it is my job to point out beauty wherever I see, although the world tries to destroy it! I search for beauty you know! When I asked my son what was my blog about, that is the first thing that he said! xx

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    1. Oh! Thank you, I am very happy that you like this too!

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  15. What is intriguing...is how do they remain in place! Great creations!

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    1. I know! And you can't tell but the stones are quite large and very heavy!
      It would have taken some very hard work to pick up the rocks, let alone to place them together in that way!

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  16. It's a global trend as we get them here as well although the examples you photographed are some of the best I've seen anywhere. The Romans used to build pack-horse bridges over rivers the same way as that arch and some are still standing today.

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  17. The Romans and their arches, AMAZING! I would love to see one of those still-standing bridges!
    I am THRILLED that you tell me that you think that these are the best that you have seen anywhere! I have written to Adrian Gray (an artist who is a stone balancer in England) and he wrote me back and said he would be interested in seeing these photos. I will let you know what he thinks about them too!
    Hope you are having some great autumnal hikes!

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