No, not the rock stars that you might have been thinking of, but rock stars of a different type. The rock stars I’m talking about are nature’s own rock stars, produced through the actions of a rough and tumble life involving the impact of many substances and years of weathering, yet apparently going on forever. OK, so maybe the similarities are closer than I first thought, but I’m really talking about the natural, often overlooked and seemingly more mundane objects created by nature, not the ones manufactured by the music industry. Oh, and this is another one of those posts about looking for something to photograph when there’s nothing obvious out and about.
While on our most recent camping trip to the Goulburn River this Christmas, what struck me were the endless array of river rocks that lined the riverbanks wherever you happened to be looking. The shapes, sizes, colours and textures appeared to be infinite in their variety, with no two rocks quite alike. Moreover, some of these natural objects had a look about them as if they had been manufactured by human hands, just to fool us. I’ve seen examples that have been almost perfect shapes from cubes to spheres, but this trip they were not quite so dramatic and, unfortunately, it had never previously occurred to me to take photographs of such things.
Many of the rocks came in colours and patterns that I could see would inspire artists to mimic in paintings, sculptures and the like, with the intricate and stylised patterns being created by the nature of the rocks and compounds from which they were formed. While I have a reasonable idea on how these rocks form and eventually produce the colours and patterns, I’m no geologist, so I can’t explain the specifics of the types of rocks involved in each iteration and the method of formation etc. On the otherhand, getting too technical about the types of rocks and their background can, in some ways, reduce the simple pleasure of observing the variety at hand, so I’ll just stick to appreciating the visual content.
And then the weathering plays other tricks to create unusual patterns and three dimensional shapes. Sometimes they almost look like wood carvings, especially when the colours and textures tend to approximate that of timber. And the way in which some of the patterns have formed, again makes one imagine that someone’s hand has been at work. Fortunately for those that do get inspiration from nature’s handiwork, nature can’t apply copyright.
Often you can find simple things of interest right under your feet, if you take the time to look, and next year, following the annual flooding of the river, the scene will once again be completely different, with a new bunch of rock stars on show. Anyway, I had a fun time briefly being a paparazzi seeking out rock stars in the bush.