Diary of a Rock Balancer ::
Stone Balance Art created and photographed by Michael Grab — 28 February 2016 — South Island, New Zealand ::
I dub thee, the sandfly balance. I would be utterly mind blown to find another human on earth (including myself) that could recreate this same balance in this spot. West coast New Zealand creek running into a large lake south of fox glacier. approaching sunset. Harshest conditions I’ve ever balanced in. Worse than the forest mosquitoes in north Sweden. Ever had hundreds of sand flies buzzing and relentlessly searching for any biting opportunity, while holding rocks still enough to balance?? I don’t even remember the zero point. I just let go and ran away and luckily I was close enough to Zero for it to hold. Success!! ❤️
West Coast sandflies are the worst
You were obviously being tested to the limit of your endurance. The significance of this moment is that you still achieved Zero. Magic happens every single day!
how simply beautiful
beautiful. yuck on the Sand flies issue. glad that’s not part of the experience viewing your amazing work
A bolt through the middle of the stones helps its balance.
How DOES he do it?!!!!!
Words escape me……
I admire your tenacity. The flies are there to keep humans and other animals away.
I would like to say.. …. Bloody well done!
So, I go out in the garden with a tube of Gorilla Glue…?
Very environmentally unfriendly :P
It was a joke. I cannot walk and chew gum, so I am boggled by your sculpture. I do notice, however, that I have accumulated a heap of pretty river stones.
Who knows where that might lead?
I got bit up real bad by sand fleas in n Carolina. Just my feet, which I had buried one night by the beach fire. I couldn’t even wear sandals for days. Nasty creatures.
Amazing is just not amazing enough for you, huh? AMAZING!
So Sorry, Not a believer. This just ain’t happenin’.
Don’t you believe in sandflies Bob?
I’ve seen him build these with my own eyes on the beaches of Costa Rica. It’s an amazing–and calming– sight to witness. No trickery involved, Bob. Just intense concentration for longer periods of time than most humans would ever devote to something like this.
Bruce Johnson , to me, it’s physically impossible. Sorry. The slightest bit of breeze would topple it, even if he could take his hands away without it falling.
Bob Gibson you’re ignorant…
It is real and beautiful ……
Gordo Koljen True – but not as ignorant as you, obviously!
Samuel Francis Rubin, I am like doubting Thomas. Until I see, I won’t believe. I do, however, believe in the Holy Trinity, and that when consecrated, the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. In short, I believe that it’s my right to choose in what I believe and do not believe.
Samuel Francis Rubin, no darkness intended. If 10,000 believed, I would still have the right to not believe. How can that be a shadow of darkness. If 10,000 did not believe, would you proclaim and express your right to be the only believer?
Absolutely beautiful and soooo amazing! ! ! ! !
Thank you and God bless you and all always and have a blessful week! ! ! Absolutely love the pictures ! ! ! ! !
“Zero Point”? Is that the point where you feel that you can let go and back away?
Yes zero point is what I’ve always called that moment when balance is realized.
LOL that sounds totally miserable, but the most difficult, miserable things are often the most memorable.
Just finished this one and another . Actually my third and fourth stack ever dont be to judgemental
all of your balances are individuals, never duplicated or recreated just one with nature! <3
Just proves that what one sees may not be the whole picture.
Great perseverance! …I love the coast- the wild lushness of it.. but 10 minutes into setting up camp, I’ve got 5 bites.. They would have loved you! ;)
There are amazing river rocks without sand flies in the coromandel . If your still in NZ you will love coromandel
I’d like to give it go! I’m not saying I could but it would be a challenge!
spring is in the air and I can feel it hear!
look at mine on somoto canyon Nicaragua
so beutiful again <3