Diary of a Rock Balancer ::
Stone Balance Art created (05 March 2016) and photographed by Michael Grab — 07 March 2016 — South Island, New Zealand ::
Last night/morning in New Zealand… Same pagoda from a recent post, but the last thing i expected while building it was to have alignment with a star-lit sky like this. . . Which, at the time, seemed impossible amidst the relative chaos of vanlife and circumstance. Sooo, cheers to either getting lucky, or, like usual, tapping into the right flow at the right time.
Lifespan of this tower was roughly 40 hours total, 5 hours of which I spent building in extremely high winds, 2 minutes dismantling, 5-6 hours sleeping, and the rest was spent shooting as much as possible.. A minor obsession for those last days. Also felt like a few days out of time, transformative, leading me to several personal reflections I didn’t know I needed at the time.
Biggest challenge of executing this photo was fighting the exhaustion and urge to sleep, getting up, going out and navigating a tripod camera setup, basically in the creek bed (yes soaked at 3am) . . . in the darkest conditions I’ve seen, while keeping a low profile — silent Jedi style.
The bit of light pollution on the left side was from nearby Queenstown. This was at Twelve-Mile Delta Campsite, which was also a shooting location for the LOTR trilogy. .
So, where to from here? currently back in Colorado, USA.. with a huge amount of wanderlust. Feeling quite antsy already to fly onward and explore more –> for this i am open to your suggestions!.. If you have an interesting/beautiful place with pretty rocks, and/or have a way to host my visit (wherever you are in the world – couchsurfing style works!) then please feel free to direct message me with ideas/possibilities, and perhaps we can coordinate ideas with reality!