via Daily Prompt: Wrinkle


A rock face along one side of Kings Canyon. Wrinkled, weathered sandstone. The cause? Rain, wind and sun. Not unlike skin weathering from the same sources. In the millennia past it was moving water, a river or two, a lake, that weathered these rocks in the Katarrka National Park.


And from the same section, rippled sandstone reflecting the movement of wind and water across the surface of the rock.

In high school I had an art teacher who decided to show us the power of water. He rigged up a large plastic bottle and placed opal in it, and hooked up a belt and motor to turn the bottle, which also had sand and water in it. Over a year there was some change in the rock, it was smoother, the water and sand had begun to have an affect. Which reminds me of a Japanese saying: “In the struggle between the stone and water, in time the water wins.” But the rock is not destroyed, it is transformed, Transformed in to sand, pebbles, and rocks.

Our bodies take a hammering from the elements, just like the rock. I like to think that our bodies are well worn rock, where the rock has begun to smooth off and yet not lose its strength or character. In fact, as we age, I think we gain more strength and character. In this way rock and water are in parnership, and change results. Our wrinkles, both the outward and the inner ones, are the result of the forces of wear and pressure, they reflect a life lived. It’s the inner ones, the psychological scars that last the longest, and take time to be transfomed, but they are as and when we let our inner self be exposed to the forces of transformation.





Filed under bush walking, environment, history, life, nature

14 responses to “Wrinkle

  1. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. such profound wisdom and love these photos 🙂

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  3. Yes rock weathering is very interesting. I am surprised those regular lines in the second picture are not man made. Nature is amazing!!


  4. Oh!>Stone and water~
    It’s Not Japanese :D
    It is an example of the strength of the momentary momentum in “孫子(Sonshi)の兵法”(AD500,Not Japan).

    By the way,Climbing is prohibited for Ayers Rock in Australia where is a holy ground of Aborigines,don’t you?.:D

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    • Yes they have only just completely banned climbing of Uluru (ayres rock) as it is considered sacred, and this is a good decision. I would never climb it. But we did go and walk around it. The rock in the photo is further up, at Kings Canyon. Yes the stone is amazing.

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  5. I like this! Someone recently told me that I had a “lived in” face … I see now what he meant. 🙂

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  6. Lyn Cannon

    Love the analogy to us as humans weathering the years and the idea of transformation


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