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Ball of Light - Brachina

The rock you see here is in the Brachina Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. It is renowned as some of the oldest exposed rock on the planet. The astonishingly clear layers (images to come) belong to the Ediacaran period (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ediacaran) which is around 600+ Million Years ago. At that stage Australia, India and Africa were all joined! Think about that!

 

I spent two full days in the gorge, looking, touching and feeling the ancient rock and stone. It almost hurt trying to comprehend just how long ago 600 million years is. There were only soft spongy living cells on the planet. The thought of intelligent life was so incredibly far in the future.

 

I sat around for some time imagining the infinitesimally small amount of time human beings have been here in comparison. And what a tiny dot we are in this picture. I felt somehow tiny, like the ants walking around me. I left the valley with an incredible sense of humility and realisation, once again, that the earth is and will always be so much more powerful than we. And that indifference will allow it to recover, grow and simply be for another 600 million years, when we are long gone.

 

Funnily enough the Ball of Light didn't hang around much on this trip. But the few shots I did get mean a lot to me. They remind me of the incredible feelings I felt whilst there.

 

Peace. Be strong.

 

Denis

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Taken on February 12, 2012