Todays Rock Find and the one that got away

For lovers of rocks.
Post Reply
User avatar
wattynine
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Posts: 537
Joined: November 21st, 2011, 7:17 pm
Favorite Species: bonsai
Bonsai Age: 10
Bonsai Club: Backyard Bonsai
Location: Mackay Queensland
Been thanked: 3 times

Todays Rock Find and the one that got away

Post by wattynine »

Coming back from south end of my territory today and have done so hundreds of time.
Every time I cross this bridge my attention is drawn to the rock island in the middle and I have promised myself too many times to stop and go and have a look.
Here's a sneaky hint for the adventurous.
CIMG4980.JPG
CIMG4981.JPG
If only to come across the interaction of tree, rock, water and time, and see yamadori in a much enlarged configuration. As you may know I wander the creek banks of NQ and old river-swept trees are the most inspirational living forms of bonsai. Sometimes as you do this you wave to wonder what compels you to do so on that day when you are blessed with some of the finds that you come across. Sometimes a piece of nature, sometimes a piece of the earth. Today is an excellent example.
Disappointingly this first one I found stays there unless I can compel three other mates to travel the 6 hours to get there and then cross the bloody treacherous creek bed trying to juggle this (approximately) 50kg beast and course hope that when we get there it is still there and not washed away to oblivion.
Maybe a little more on the creek bed it is tidal, the bed is sharp angled rock and covered with the slipperiest green/black salt water algae I have ever seen. The trip over empty handed was treacherous enough without trying to juggle three rocks coming in at 20Kg on the way back. I favoured hitting my ass once over dropping the rocks, but only once, I fell over three more times and had to drop this baby (as gently as I could) so I didn't come a cropper.
Anyhoo...........to the pictures
The one that got away, (or stayed there)
CIMG4977.JPG
CIMG4978.JPG
CIMG4976.JPG
CIMG4979.JPG
And the one that didn't get away.
CIMG4983.JPG
CIMG4984.JPG
CIMG4985.JPG
CIMG4986.JPG
CIMG4989.JPG
CIMG4990.JPG
If their are any informed "rockologists" that might take the time to have a look at the dark green/black broad line of quartz? or at least quartz-like compressed vein of rock shown in the close up as the last picture. Be interested in any info on identity of the rock type also if anyone can tell from the pictures.
This rock is untouched, except by me of course but as yet haven't even cleaned it, so excited about the find I had to share it with someone,
I will hit it with the Gerni and just rid some of the debris and see what end product I have.
Likewise hope the pictures do justice and you enjoy this with me.
Watty
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
Jarad
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Posts: 1222
Joined: November 27th, 2014, 1:04 pm
Favorite Species: Juniperus, Melaleuca, Taxodium
Bonsai Age: 5
Location: Central Coast, NSW
Has thanked: 22 times
Been thanked: 10 times

Re: Todays Rock Find and the one that got away

Post by Jarad »

Nice Rocks!

Love the story too Watty. :lol:

What's a "cropper"? Is it some sort of Queenslander jibber jabber?
-Jarad

I don't trust Bonsai, they are a little shady.
User avatar
kcpoole
Perpetual Learner
Perpetual Learner
Posts: 12174
Joined: November 12th, 2008, 4:02 pm
Favorite Species: Maple
Bonsai Age: 15
Bonsai Club: the School Of Bonsai
Location: Western Sydney, NSW, Australia
Has thanked: 8 times
Been thanked: 46 times
Contact:

Re: Todays Rock Find and the one that got away

Post by kcpoole »

Jarad wrote:Nice Rocks!

Love the story too Watty. :lol:

What's a "cropper"? Is it some sort of Queenslander jibber jabber?
You kiddin! you do not know what it means to "come a cropper"! :lost:

As I am bilingual,fluent in both English and Australian :aussie: , I will translate for you. :lol:
to "come a cropper" is "to fall ass over head"
or in more proper English, "To lose ones balance in an inelegant manner"
:lol: :lol:

Nice story Watty :-)
Any reason why some of the rocks are dark brown and others pale?

Ken
Last edited by kcpoole on June 12th, 2015, 5:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Check out our Wiki for awesome bonsai information www.ausbonsai.com.au/wiki
What is Bonsai? http://www.ausbonsai.com.au/wiki/index.php?title=Bonsai
What should I do now? http://www.ausbonsai.com.au/wiki/index.php?title=Newbie
How do I grow a Bonsai? http://www.ausbonsai.com.au/wiki/index. ... _a_Bonsai?
Visit a Bonsai nursery to see some real nice trees http://www.ausbonsai.com.au/wiki/index. ... _Nurseries
User avatar
wattynine
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Posts: 537
Joined: November 21st, 2011, 7:17 pm
Favorite Species: bonsai
Bonsai Age: 10
Bonsai Club: Backyard Bonsai
Location: Mackay Queensland
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: Todays Rock Find and the one that got away

Post by wattynine »

Hey Ken, the other side of the island not photographed is one rock and the side photographed is the other rock and the island is the result of the morphing of the rock. It is pretty much spit into thirds and the whole lot stands up like a crown in the river bed, it is pretty amazing when you get to crawl over it. Glad I took the time, it was very inspirational.

And seriously Jarad "Whaddya mean ya dunno what a cropper means" Blimey!

avagooweegend

Watty
User avatar
wattynine
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Aussie Bonsai Fan
Posts: 537
Joined: November 21st, 2011, 7:17 pm
Favorite Species: bonsai
Bonsai Age: 10
Bonsai Club: Backyard Bonsai
Location: Mackay Queensland
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: Todays Rock Find and the one that got away

Post by wattynine »

so not a tree story but the title gives that away straight away.
Have been back to this island a few times now, the interaction between wood, water, tide and weather all in one place is great for inspiration.
Story to follow though is that this is a flood creek and the one that got away has truly got away and is probably half way to the ocean now.
Thankful I got to look at natures sculpture I could never have carried it by myself anyway but it was a lovely piece.
now no-one gets to see it bar you guys from the photos here
Post Reply

Return to “Suiseki and Viewing Stones”