Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rock On

I don't know if it is a mystical experience like some insist, but stacking rocks certainly has become an unlikely Luddite-style pastime in these technological times. (YouTube has at least 27 videos dedicated to it!) I've seen these miniature Stonehenges on hiking trails, at the beach, in parks ... and here alongside a South Pas driveway.

14 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

I'd have to eat a roll while rocking to this pic.
You're on a roll. Keep rocking on in the South of Pas.

(Did you ck out all 27 vids?)

Cafe Pasadena said...

Yes, LA, but on Glancing About, or add a little narrative of your experience there?

Ok, I'm getting dog tired now.

Judy Williams said...

I always find them so Zen-like. Peaceful somehow. I didn't realize that people just stacked them here and there throughout the city. I love the idea actually. It makes you stop, pause and reflect. Maybe it's a movement to make us think instead of just do. I like that idea very much. Happy Saturday. :~)

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Sharon said...

I've noticed quite a lot of these creations over here too! Very interesting. I love the title of your photo.

Yakpate said...

Wake up, you fools! The Darkonians are leaving coded messages to one another! This one says... Trying to corrupt... the minds of South Pasadenians... but mission has failed... what is this strange ritual called "No Cussing" week?

The tiny white stone on top of the right stack is a reply to the message. It says: "Cross over to the Light Side."

altadenahiker said...

I thought they were asking how to get to Mission Liquor

Hope said...

Thanks for the smiles all of you have given me this morning! The photo tells me to relax ...hakuna matata. Thank you Laurie, for your blog!

San Diego Farmgirl said...

Teenager #1: Duuuuude! Let's totally stack rocks up all over town like those Druids or whatever. Everybody would be, like, totally freaked out!

Teenager #2: Meh. Let's play videogames instead.

Teenager #1: *yawn* Ok.

The mystery continues ...

JT said...

Hi Laurie, If you see rocks stacked on a trail, they are called Cairns or ducks. They are trail markers; confirmation that you are on the right path. They are an environment-friendly way of marking trails.

As for these rocks, I haven't a clue.

Shanna said...

I love the way you have juxtaposed the organic with the geometric. Great composition!

Mister Earl said...

I think that when someone takes the time to balance rocks like that, and they're not marking a trail, they are definitely smoking something. Picture if you will, the balancer spending hours just staring at these rocks, and getting them to balance just right.

Steve Buser said...

You have certainly stirred up some ideas and believes. My question is, does it really have meaning?

Someone after all spent time doing it. They have put order where there was none before. I think we (humans) have an inbred feeling that order is always better than disorder.

Laurie said...

Hi everyone,

I have to admit -- I love this rock balancing trend. Like JT mentioned, this has been used for a long time to mark trails. But now, it has morphed into something bigger. Start looking around and you'll see these weird rock towers EVERYWHERE. It just makes me happy that human beings are so wonderfully weird.

I like what you said about it, Steve. That we like order better than disorder. But I also think it's a bit beyond that -- I think we like whimsy, too. (YakPate, I'm talking to YOU!)

Thanks for the wonderful comments today, folks. Until tomorrow...

Andrew said...

Great photography..different photos..well done..


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