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Sunday, September 20, 2009


Not only do I love wrought iron, copper or wood.
I also love and respect natural stone.

Sheer Stone, proud, bare and unmovable
(North side of Yosemite National Park)

No form or place is too strange for rocks or stone

Rocks can weather almost any storm
(Corona del Mar, California)

They can hold any substance like sulphur or arsenic
( Australia - Wai-o-Tapu)

and survive in any type of environment
(glacier, Australia)

But... can you believe it?
This rock is shattered by a tree
that is growing!
(Yosemite, close to Bridal Veil Falls)

Note that the pics from Australia come from the daughter of my brother and her hubby.
They are only in their mid twenties, but one or two years after they got married in Holland they saved up their pennies and made a journey around the world for half a year. It was incredible to how many countries they went!!

The USA was on the tail end of that trip, and they were very disappointed that it was cool weather and raining in December in California. They had counted on a few beach days with their aunt and uncle! But instead we went to Old Navy and the Gap (clothing stores for younger customers) to buy some woollies!

They still had a good attitude about it though and this young hubby was surprised that he could find clothes and shoes in such a short amount of time (I owe it to my daughter that I could be the cool aunt and know where to go with my young relatives, because daughter drags me to stores like this when I come to visit her, or visa versa).


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That second picture is stunning Jeannette!! I must admit I like stone in its natural surroundings. They can have the most fantastic shapes.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Jeannette what a great photos!
About cousin and niece. Cousins are the children of your aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews are the children of your sisters and brothers( they say aunt to you). It's the same in French.Prettige dag!

antigoni said...

Awesome photos of nature.

antigoni said...

My recipe of spinach pie is in my post "Traditional dishes" in 2008, November 10th.

DawnTreader said...

Beautiful pictures!
I've never been to Australia but I have penpals there who sometimes send me pictures of their awesome nature. I like stone, too.

Gaelyn said...

I too have a lover of stone. Monstrous, big, small, makes no difference. I really like that last shot showing how plants break stone to eventually make soil.

Eleanor said...

Your post on stone made me think of the craggy stone face of Table Mountain in Cape Town and the Twelve Apostles mountain range which formed the backdrop for my family home nestled. Also of the mottled stone boulders that formed little swimming coves along the coast just below our house. I still have a scar obtained when a strong wave washed me against one of these rocks when swimming as a child.

Barry said...

My daughter toured Australia several years ago and brought back similar photos.

I really enjoyed the photos in this post--and the surprise ending.

Rudee said...

I think you may harbor the heart of a geologist. All of the photos are beautiful.

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Joan!Especially when you enlarge that pic!Anytime when I see something like that, it speaks to me to conquer it (on canvas or paper, that is) :).

jeannette stgermain said...

Reader Wil,
Thank you, Wil! Your knowledge about languages is amazing:) I'm glad there are dictionaries and reference books, because mem memory doesn't work too well at times!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you for the comment! I am so glad- I'll copy the recipe. Spinach is one of my favorite veggies!!

Also happy that you are back to bloggie world! I missed your interesting views on things.

jeannette stgermain said...

Australia, is on my travel "to do" list! From this side of the ocean it's 2 1/2 day of plane travel, sigh!

But, where you live there must be some awesome rock formations too, right?

jeannette stgermain said...

You probably have seen some interesting views of the last pic at your job:)

By the way, I hope you're going to show us one time your rock/fossil collection!

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, sounds you live at a place I would like to, LOL! Hope you show those mountain/ranges sometime...or did you already? If you did, I'd like to know it!

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Barry! Sometimes wish I had more ability to write like you, but am glad that there are cameras where my words lack!!
Ah, a "child" who likes to travel:) So, do mine. One of them, even lives abroad. My (youngest) son has been teaching in China - now it's his 4th year.

jeannette stgermain said...

You are right. I like rock and soil formations. Digging up geological stuff I find quite romantic:)

Whitemist said...

Beautiful picture! Have you ever sculpted with stone? I like making walls and walkways with them for all the reasons you mention!

The Green Stone Woman said...

Hi Jeannette, a "nicht" is a cousin and a "nichtje" is a niece. That makes it easy to remember.

Dick said...

Rocks are as strong as Earth, only time will destroy them.
I hope that makes sense, lol

jeannette stgermain said...

I have yet to try to sculpt with stone! The closest I've come is to put small rocks in patterns around the roses in the front yard of my old house.

jeannette stgermain said...

So interesting that two of the 3 Dutch people react to the language thing LOL I guess we are very aware of what one says and what not.

jeannette stgermain said...

Yes, it makes sense to me what you're saying:) That's why buildings of stone hold up several hundreds of years!

I am glad to see you more in blogland:) - because you have interesting things to say.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I love stone - rocks - gems in their natural state. You should see my little log house: full of rocks and smoothed creek stones and rocks . . .

Imagine, traveling like that for half a year - that's a dream of so many and they did it!

A Cuban In London said...

Loved both the pictures and the theme. Most people think of stone as hard and insensitive, however all it needs is a kiss from the sea to melt into oblivion.

Greetings from London.

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Nancy Medina said...

Jeannette, thank you for stopping by the bloggy. Love your art, love your blog! you are living a creative life. so nice to meet you.
hugs from Texas...

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jeannette stgermain said...

Would love to see some of your stone collection! and you have a log home - sigh:)

Traveling is addictive, our part of the family tree is specialized in living in other countries than their own (of course my kids were unintended specialists!)

jeannette stgermain said...

You have interesting ways of looking at life! In this case,stone...
I still remember the story of your grandmother's hands - maybe you need to write a book...

jeannette stgermain said...

Thank you Nancy! You made me realize when reading your blog that I could do a lot more with my art than just painting and posting it on the blog.

Here in Los Angeles I sometimes miss the kindness of the Texans (next to grits and okra, LOL)