Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Quiet contemplation


More from our travels through New Zealand, November 2019

Stone stacking, it seems to be a thing wherever you go these days. I’m not sure what to think of it, it lent a little foreground interest to this shot I guess. 

NZ lake Pukaki Stone stack

Stone stacking is considered by many to be damaging to the environment, I reckon if you tried anywhere near a drystone wall here in Derbyshire, you’d have an irate farmer on your tail!

Lake Pukaki, a stunning place to sit and contemplate, whilst mindfully (or mindlessly) stacking rocks I guess.  Looks serene doesn’t it?

Just don’t look left of shot.

NZ lake Pukaki Stone stack non zen

Selfie paradise was in full swing. I don’t think this party of Chinese tourist would have been stone stacking, in general the Chinese tour groups didn’t seem to stay anywhere very long.  Just long enough to satiate their seemingly obsessive  need for selfies, I’ll lay odds on that, the wedding dress tour passed through here.

Tom wasn’t too impressed, he was hatching a plan to return at dawn and knock down the stone towers. He likes his landscapes left as nature intended.

NZ long white cloud view_



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Quiet contemplation

  1. I’m with Tom as far as pointless cairns go. They are monuments to narcissism in my curmudgeonly view.

  2. What a beautiful, beautiful place. It’s a shame it’s been ruined by those cairns. Quite apart from the aesthetics of it all, there’s no telling what tiny creatures lost their home when they were moved — an even bigger problem in certain areas, such as woods. The sight of people taking selfies and photos with the cairns makes me perhaps more irritated than I ought to be, but there it is.

    • On mountain hiking trails, there’s another problem. If cairns are used to mark trails, and people add their own, hikers can get badly off course, with unhappy results.

  3. Andy Goldsworthy has a lot to answer for. But I don’t think there’s really much environmental damage. They’ll fall over in the next high wind, surely.

  4. I agree with Tom. Sadly it seems that many people want to leave their mark so to speak. xx

  5. These stone cairns are very much a thing of the moment worldwide. I know of several places on Skye that are now blighted by them….including The Quirang and the Fairy Pools.Think Tom should have returned SAS style and knocked them flat!!!

    • We knew nothing of the Fairy Pools, we were just shocked to see quiet so many cars parked at the road side, when we were heading for the camp site at Glenbrittle. Tom wouldn’t have taken much encouragement!

  6. What lovely photos of a lovely place.
    I’ve come here after moving my old London Daily Nature Photo Archive to a new spot and came across your name in a comment so hi again. So lovely to see you’re still blogging and that you’ve been to one of my favourite places on earth. We used to go every third Christmas but haven’t been since 2004 I think……FWIW I don’t recall stone stacking being a thing when we were last there and I’m sure it will pass.

    Hi also to Flighty, another name from the past. Best wishes to all.

    • Well hello! How nice to hear from you. I don’t post as much as I once did, but I still enjoy the process of putting a post together. The New Zealand posts are taking me forever though! A, so many photos and B, so many things to discover when I start poking around on the Internet. New Zealand was so special. I think the stone stacking will pass, at least I hope so.

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