The Stories Rocks Tell

Someone (admittedly an individual with no understanding of the lifestyle and desires of a traveller) once asked me why I am so compelled to wander Earth to essentially visit slightly different rocks and trees ….

Well, if you quite simply pay attention: rocks tell good stories. (Sometimes trees spin a sound yarn as well!)

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Rock art, World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park

And the rocks within Kakadu National Park quite happily articulate details about important aspects of history and culture imprinted upon them by Australia’s Aboriginal people.

Through rock art we may still connect with individuals who lived nearly 20,000 years ago — their markings outlasting the elements to inform generations about Creation Ancestors, hunting, and sorcery and magic.

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Rock art, Word Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park

Using a unique “X-Ray” style, the inner workings of animals and objects are depicted.

Rock art, World Hertitige-listed Kakadu National Park
Rock art, World Hertitige-listed Kakadu National Park

Interestingly, the Aboriginal people value the act of creating art more than the paintings themselves, so many older works are covered by newer art.

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Rock art, World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park

Perhaps to the casual observer, a stone is just a stone. But I will keep wandering to see what exotic tales other rocks may tell.

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