John & Anne Wiley

2014/01/29

Water & Rocks

0781 Duckling Boats

0781 Duckling Boats

To me this looks like a scurrying mother boat followed by three frantic duckling boats as the other boats passively look on. Or they could just be an intricate collection of miniature toy boats. I guess the motor boat is towing the three small sailboats, either back to the marina or around the course so they can practice using the rigging.

Meanwhile, up in our mountains the rocks hold evidence they were once under the water.

0857 Sedimentary Layers

0857 Sedimentary Layers

Water has also apparently carved out holes where the rock is softer, giving it a complex etched look.

0859 Etchings

0859 Etchings

Small streams running down the slope during heavy rains also seem to have carved out a small cave between these rocks.

0969 Carved Cave

0969 Carved Cave

Nearby is another even smaller and shallower opening that still might provide welcome shelter for various animals. Maybe also a hunting ground for snakes. It has a blocky shape, as if carved by humans to place a signal lantern for ships in the Channel.

0969 Blocky Shrine

0969 Blocky Shrine

Our mountains have innumerable interesting rock sculptures carved by water, some like miniature fanciful Monument Valley columns.

0865 Mini Monuments

0865 Mini Monuments

Looking at these sculptures reminds me that time is relative. What seems like solid stone is still fluid as the water that once covered it, if we could view it uplifting and then dissolving over millennia.

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