Inspired Stone


Star Walls
August 30, 2009, 11:54 pm
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One of the things I like most about climbing is the exploration.  There is always a route I haven’t done or an area I haven’t seen.  The dirty and crinkled pages of maps and guidebooks are evidence of my dreaming.  To placate this urge, Nicole joined me for some climbing and scouting in a non-remote area near Donner Summit.  We climbed a few routes on North Star Wall, the neglected neighbor of South Star Wall.  Only ten minutes from the car and yet the lichen had avoided the cleaning power of climbing shoes and the base vegetation was still robust.  On the way out, I found some beautiful (and obviously popular) boulders overlooking Donner Lake.  Ah, another place to think about and plan to visit in the future.

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On A Walkabout
August 24, 2009, 1:01 am
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Yesterday, I went on a walkabout.  Sometimes it just feels good to get out in the mountains or desert with no definite objectives except to experience the area.  Hike around, on-trail and off.  Take some photos.  Climb a boulder or rock or peak.   On this occasion, I was joined by my eager, four-legged partner Lance to explore the area north of Echo Lake, near Lake Tahoe.  At the end of the day, I had scoped an obscure rock wall, taken some rock photos, drank 2 L of water, gotten dusty legs and made Lance’s paws sore.

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Photos of Rocks
August 5, 2009, 11:14 pm
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This series of photos started years ago, but it was only in the past two years that I identified it as a “series” and started consciously developing it.  Developing it just means that while I am out taking photos, I allow my attention to be drawn to all the intricate textures and simple shapes in the rocks of our landscape.  The meadow-mountain-sunrise photo is still nice, but I find endless possibility in the rocks laying around.  I have continued with this series for several reasons:

1.  I like taking pictures and I am often in the company of rocks.

2.  Maybe it is the scientist in me, but my mind often imagines a series or a sequence of variations on a theme.  My childhood collections (rocks, feathers, bottle-caps, baseball cards, etc.) show that this started early.

3.  Even when rock is not the subject, I am often looking for simple arrangements of shape and texture.

So, here are a couple from when I started.  I will post some more soon.

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