Monday, June 04, 2007

Architecture



your lovely shape
lures my hands to balance to you still
ocean guardian

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it takes patience
and subtle movements to perch you
gone by high tide

Ever since I discovered Andy Goldsworthy, I've been fascinated with balancing rocks. I am deeply moved by the shapes of rocks and the essence of each one and how they "come alive" when placed in a way we don't normally see them. It all started in 1996 while on a trip to Hyder Alaska with my Uncle. We were camped along a river down from Salmon Glacier during salmon spawning season and as many of you know, this attracts bears. We had seen more than a handful of big black bears down the road a bit and a grizzly across the river. Well, this dampened my wandering spirit, thus, I stayed close to camp (like within 20 yards of the van!) And to keep myself occupied, I started stacking rocks, and have been ever since. The beach in Baja were I go, is mostly rocky and it's absolute heaven for me. It's a very zen practice, so I say give it a try! This is one from my recent trip.

This is in gracious response to
One Deep Breath
. This week's topic is "Architecture".

18 comments:

Steve said...

Beautiful! Is that rock simply balanced there? That's amazing.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Andy Goldsworthy's art is wonderful. Did you see the film of his work?

Your balanced rock is amazing..

Kalyan said...

Wonderfully captured shot!

constance said...

Wow! I agree, this is amazing!

Mandy said...

the way rocks balance on top of one another is always remarkable.

Regina Clare Jane said...

Oh my goodness- I never saw such a sight! amazing- and lovely!

Tammy said...

Thought provoking haiku and the hand made architecture was very artistic.

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Hi,

I’m hosting the Ringing of the Bards poetry blog carnival, June 16. If you’d like to be included, leave a comment here or email me at tielansari @ gmail dot com any time through June 15.

Any style is welcome, but I’m particularly showcasing formal poetry this time around.

Don’t forget to come back and see the carnival!

Kathleen Rietz said...

To me this looks like either a person with their ear to the ground, or a big seal waving a flipper. : ) I can see why you enjoy stacking rocks.

polona said...

wow, this is truly amazing!
thank you for sharing

Abzdragon said...

Beautiful haiku, it goes with the picture so well!

Becca said...

"patience and subtle movements" indeed!

What a cool balancing act :)

Sandy said...

What a neat hobby you have! And I can see that it would be very peaceful. Nice haiku.

quietpaths said...

I have a similar way with stones. Lovely picture. The first speaks to me..

Cergie said...

I ever have a huge smile on my face when i open your blog
This little stone standing on the rock is a great idea

Patois said...

Such a multitude of talents: the poetry, the photography, the balancing of rocks. You must find much joy.

megan said...

These are great. Guessing you've seen Rivers & Tides. I love how he talks about his work. It's truthful and feels authentic. Like the way it sounds when you write about your connection to the rocks. There's something about hands (or feet) against rock. Ahhhh.

get zapped said...

What a joy sharing this with all of you. I really enjoyed your comments. Yes, I've seen Goldsworthy's film, Rivers and Tides, it's great, check it out if you haven't. I also saw his installation at the Nat'l Gallery in DC. It's really cool.

Have a good weekend!