Friday, August 22, 2014


“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.”  -  Rumi

I love rocks, especially round ocean, or river, tumbled stones.  I like how they feel in my hand.  They remind me how powerful nature can be, and at the same time how peaceful it is at the edge of calm water.   

St. John, US Virgin Islands

Several places I've visited have piles of stones stacked on top of one another called cairns.  Sometimes cairns are made to mark trials.  Other times people balance the stones just to see how high they can stack the pile, or how impossible they can make it.

Sedona, Arizona

Balancing stones can be tricky.  It takes patience, practice and a little luck, just like balancing life...  

Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds.  My finds are a cutting off my Japanese Lace Leaf Maple Tree (who is enjoying our cool summer by growing to the ground), a Ziplock baggie of vacation stones and a one dollar bottle.   My top image was textured with Kim’s textures touch of 1 and may, and I also used her Lightroom preset light and airy.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!
Have a great weekend!!

 Kim Klassen dot Com


  1. That is a cool shot, and love the quote that goes with it.

  2. I adore this! beautiful composition and choice of a gorgeous single leaf!

  3. Wow, great composition, so cool! :)

  4. A great comparison on stones and life balancing....I'm always in need of my life being balanced and I strive for it. Love your Japanese Maple cutting!!

  5. michelle...this is so good.... amazing comp...beautiful simplicity..... placement.... Oh my.
    minimalist heaven......
    like a breath of fresh air....


  6. SO lovely! And a great message too.

  7. I love how you set up this shoot - wonderfully balanced!

  8. Wonderful pictures ....the first one is my favorite! calming, Michelle!
    I hope you had a great summer I am back from summer holidays,
    so I missed a lot of posts I see.
    Greetings and hugs from me to you,
    Your Brigitte

  9. Amazing image! So peaceful and elegant. These images remind me of one of my favorite artists - Andy Goldsworthy - so beautiful :)

  10. Oh, what fun! Great photos and I love cairns or stacked stones/rocks ... whatever you call them. The always intrigue me.

  11. What a great post, Michelle !
    I love the quote and wow, your first photo is so special ... such a wonderful idea !
    Have a nice weekend,

  12. Beautiful post...the shot, the quote, the all fits together so wonderfully.

  13. Beautiful photos, Michelle ... I'm captivated by the first one . water, stones, air and green!

  14. I love discovering cairns while on vacation.