Suggesting Water

The first photo shows an arrangement designed to evoke a falling down structure. This “well” was originally constructed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire by pioneer Dolly Copp to capture stream water which was piped downhill to the Copp Family homestead.

When I returned to the site in New Hampshire in 2012, it was still a place where fireflies gathered in the evening, but all indication of a manmade structure was gone (second photo below).

Rock Arngmt - Version 2

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I noticed right away that there was what looked like a dry stream running along the back of my yard:

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During a trip to Japan, I noticed this superb dry stream where Somehow the flat plate-like rocks in the stream bed suggest rushing splashing rapids and more. The way the rocks are set feels inevitable, yet not immune to the forces of time. This gift by a true master reminders us that we have access to this beauty where transience meets eternity, even as we ourselves change.

Superb Dry River copy

Just for fun, here is an actual stream in a place that should by rights be dry:

Dale Rd stream - 2016-05-31 at 06-40-20

Viewing Stones

Many viewing stones are completely natural, although some have been cut with the cut side seated in a custom-carved wooden display stand. Even tiny ones can have outsized sculptural qualities. Viewing stones may be highly evocative of landscape features such as mountains, waterfalls, or pools. They can resemble animals or abstract sculptures. Some are prized for the pictures they display. A tiny figure may be added to complement the mood of a stone and larger ones are displayed outside in gardens. Displaying small ones together on a stand provides an opportunity to compare their diverse colors, shapes and textures.

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