The Company of Stones

February 2009

These stones were all within about fifty paces of each other on one small shore of Waiheke Island.

It was a morning when high thin cloud diffused the light. The variegated crowd of stones seemed almost sentient: and I thought about my grandfather who'd sailed from New Zealand to Antarctic shores as a young geologist more than one hundred years ago, enthralled by the unfolding of earth sciences. His blue-eyed gaze seemed distant but never icy or aloof. There was a sense of deep time about him, and he looked at stones as if they were old friends with long cryptic memories.

  • Bird Tree

  • Breaking Wave

  • Crackle 1

  • Crackle 2

  • Jetsam

  • Lillypillies

  • Little Pool 1

  • Little Pool 2

  • Mangrove Seed

  • Parturition

  • Root and Branch

  • Seaweed and Stones

  • Squared Stone with Periwinkles

  • Stone Field with Feather

  • Stone Forest

  • Young Green Tree

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