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After the storm, Ohiopyle State Park 6_9_2015

A recent lightning storm had me running for cover from Meadow Run creek leaving a started, but unfinished balance. I stashed the rocks and returned the following day to finish what I had begun the day before. A massive top rock finished off what would become a personal favorite for 2015.

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Winter, a stone balancing wonderland

During the past week winter has a put a hard grip on the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania.  Many of the normal water sources I frequent have become mostly covered in ice.  These conditions make the task of delicately balancing stones slightly more difficult, but just as much fun.  I enjoy every experience balancing in nature and am always excited to pack a few extra items and heading out to create.  Winter is a wonderful time to be out.  How can it not put a smile on your face?  Everything is blanketed in snow and open areas of water still contain the basic elements.  In simplicity, stones and the motivational energy of the natural environment.  It’s hard not to be creative when immersed in what winter provides.  Yes the elements are real and they don’t go unnoticed.  Hands do get wet and cold despite which gloves are worn, toes do get uncomfortable even with toe heaters and insulated waders.  These items are necessary allowing me to sit almost motionless in an icy body of water.  Usually the cold is noticed after the intense concentration is no longer aimed at the stones which are now in they’re new balanced form, a changed entity with a different appearance from all angles.  Along with its independent beauty, winter truly compliments a completed balance and adds a different dimension to photos when compared to those taken during the other three seasons.  I enjoy sharing my photos for the world to critique whether is be good or bad.  The most important critique is my own… The most valuable part is the time spent alone, learning about myself, the natural elements and being truthful to my passion.  Here are balances from my recent outings.

Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle State Park PA

Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle State Park PA

Jacob's Creek, Laurelville, PA

Jacob’s Creek, Laurelville PA

Jacob's Creek, Laurelville, PA

Jacob’s Creek, Laurelville PA

Cucumber Run, Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Cucumber Run, Ohiopyle State Park PA

Meadow Run, Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Meadow Run, Ohiopyle State Park PA

Jacob's Creek, Laurelville, PA

Jacob’s Creek, Laurelville PA

Jacob's Creek, Laurelville, PA

Jacob’s Creek, Laurelville PA

Jacob's Creek, Laurelville, PA

Jacob’s Creek, Laurelville PA

Linn Run State Park, Rector, PA

Linn Run State Park, Rector PA

January 20, 2015 Stone Balancing

I spent a few morning hours at nearby Linn Run state park, PA.  It was about 28° upon arrival upstream from the Adam’s falls parking area.  The air seemed warm compared to the much colder low teens I’ve been out balancing in recently.  I was anxious to get to balancing stones.  I found a spot near a pool below some currents that seemed to speak to me.  I set my kit down and noticed a very cool ice formation in a small puddle of water beside my packs resting location.  It appeared to be the imprint of a fern, but upon closer inspection it revealed to be the early formation of ice crystals.  I shot a few photos and started selecting stones to balance.  Fortunately I did, because the air temperature warmed up enough to turn the crystals back into liquid form erasing the beautiful formation.

Ice fern

After about an hour of working my chosen stones, I was able to assemble this temporary stone balance sculpture.

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No better place to start than winters beauty

Welcome to my first post.  Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Tim Anderson and KeyStone Balance is my company.  I’m a stone balance artist.  I create temporary stone balanced sculptures in nature.  All the stones you see are simply balanced in place.  There is no glue or any other type of adhesive holding them in place.  I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon until dark stone balancing and taking photos along Jacob’s Creek in Laurelville, PA.  Here are the results of my work.  I hope you enjoy.

Balance variation #1

Balance variation #1

Variation #2

Variation #2

detail shot of variation #2

detail shot of variation #2

Self portrait 2015

Self portrait 2015