During the summer there is significantly more opportunity to create stone cairns. This is because while during the Winter and Spring, many of these stones are either frozen or underwater. However, in the summer they are exposed and are gathered with ease. 

Stone is a powerful building material and projects a sense of stability and permanence in things that otherwise would not be seen in such a light. Stone cairns are a perfect example, as individually each component is solid and withstanding, but when they are stacked it becomes a challenge to maintain their original essence. Despite this, if done correctly cairns can defy gravity and perception and ultimately re-establish that original sense of solidity in its component materials. 


Plants are also abundant during the summer and provide a number of interesting and unique materials. A perfect example are blueberry blossoms. These only grow on mountains and stay in bloom for a few weeks in the middle of the summer. Or certain sticks which wouldn't be present during the Winter have revealed themselves and can be used in numerous locations.

There are also green leaves everywhere, which while lacking in diversity of color they make up for in the various different seeds and with unique shape and color.

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
— Michelangelo

All art and photography by Ned Carlson