via Daily Prompt: Enroll
I love bush walking and hiking, but I really don’t enjoy rock scrambling. I’ve never had great balance (compounded by a car crash which resulted in a broken jaw some decades ago) and I tend to struggle going across rock. What I do sign up for are challenging walks, simple walks, beautiful trails, but I never really want to tackle rock. Rock is hard work for me, and best left as the road less travelled. Rock also slows me down (on this particular day we took half an hour to clamber over the rocks to get to the gorge, and only over a short distance), I am more tentative, being particularly careful to place my feet and keep my center of gravity, to avoid breaking bones or falling over. A bit like life really, there are the smooth bits, the challenging bits and the difficult bits that require care to navigate lest we become to damaged or fall down.
A senryu –
Over granite rocks
Traversing jagged boulders
Like the Titanic
One of the interesting facts about Australia’s monoliths is that they are small above ground, with the bulk buried below. This is a partial shot of Kokerbin Rock that I took 2009. The rock is between the communities of Kellerberrin and Shackleton. Kokerbin Rock is 122 mtrs high, and is a grantire formation. Originally it was an indigenous birthing site, and therefore a women only site. As you approach Kokerbin from the east it even looks like a pregnant woman lying on her back.
Kokerbin is the third largest monolith in Australia, but what you see with teh eye is small compared to what geophysics has uncovered as buried below ground. Mt. Wudddina in South Australia is second largest, and the iconic Uluru is first.
Uluru in 2014, and again, the bulk of it is buried or underground. And this is also a significant Indigenous site, and while it is a popular tourist destination it continues to be used, whereas Kokerbin is no longer used and is now a nature park.
True grit 🙂 a mixture of coarse sand, shell grit, and the fine particles of limestone, granite, and volcanic rock. Taken at Quarry Bay, Augusta. Looks great, a rainbow of colours. Sounds wonderful and crunchy when you walk on it, not so good in your shoes or between toes, and rough to sit on.