Rocks - then & now

HerbSeptember 8, 2005

These are pictures of a rock arrangement in the Tea Garden of the Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver.

In the left-hand picture, the rocks (in 1970) look much the same colour as rocks I've seen locally when they were newly excavated. The same rocks have later shown up - after a thorough hosing down - as blue as the rocks in the right-hand picture. The right-hand picture was taken today.

Apart from the rocks' change of colour, the most noticeable change is that the hedge has been removed. The ground cover is different too.

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The two photos don't have the same exposure/color balance. It's pretty obvious if you look at the plant foliage.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 10:21AM
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KNR - I think you've got close to the explanation, & I was mistaken to assume there'd been a drastic change of colour. The older picture was taken using Kodak colour film (Kodacolor, I think) - and I digitalised the left-hand picture from a print which had probably faded over the years. After reading your post, I looked at some more pictures taken at the same time as the left-hand one, and at least one of them does show some of the rocks with a slight blue colour - Click to see it

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 11:05AM
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patjonking(z7 VA)

I suspect that weathering can eventually make even an ugly rock look decent, but I wonder how long it would take.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 12:58PM
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