Then a couple days later, another appeared. Hmmm. Since then, I've noticed a new one or two every few days. Earlier this week I saw a man out building one or perhaps rebuilding it, I'm not sure.
This afternoon, as I drove home, I stopped several times along the half mile or so, and photographed them.
|These three are the closest to the junction with another highway, and among the first ones built. Yes, there are three, see the little one on the left side of the photo?|
|Same group, but I cut off the small one. See how close they are to the road?|
|Another group, not as clear because I couldn't stop in a safe place to get out, so I took this through the windshield.|
|Another small one shot through the windshield. I just noticed I got the hood of the truck in the photo!|
|A couple more farther down the road.|
|This one is pretty large. I pulled of on the opposite side of the road to get this one.|
|And this is the car that drove past as I tried to capture .....|
|.... this one!|
At this point I stopped in a tiny store and asked the owner if she knew about them. She said she didn't and she never sees anyone out there, but her days are spent baking and cooking the foods she sells there. We walked out and looked at them and speculated for a bit. She said that in past years there was a homeless guy who lived in a culvert up the way who used to build those, and someone said he did it to bring rain. Well, if that's so, it apparently worked, because about the time those began to appear, the rain began!
I think they are cool looking! I came home and guess what I did? Yep. I built my own totems! I got five done today and I plan to erect three more for a nice number of eight total.
|These two are about two feet and two and a half feet tall. They are sitting near the road in front (east) of my house.|
|This one is a little taller, close to three feet tall. It is sitting near the driveway across from the two previous ones.|
|And these two are in my garden, near the lower driveway and at the foot of my stone steps.|
I'll probably put the last three near the other entrance, the north side of my driveway.
As I returned to the house, I saw that my Spanish Broom is blooming a bit.
Poor things. I thought I might have lost the brooms, but they all look good. Whew.
And walking to the house, I enjoyed seeing the geraniums that have gone wild since the rains began.
Now here is the reason for the (at last) greening of my little acre ....
So do any of you know the significance of the totems? I've googled "rock totems," but in a quick scan of the articles, they mostly talked about seeking rocks that resembled, for instance, the body of a certain animal, the another rock for the head, etc. If you have any knowledge of what this might be all about, let me know. Meanwhile I'm gonna keep building these cool little stacks of rocks! hey, next time I'm asked about hobbies, I'm gonna say "stacking rocks"!!
One last thing. There were some awesome clouds over the Capitans a few minutes ago .....
It doesn't show up as well as I wanted, but in addition to the gold (which does show well), there was a lot of silver that just almost sparkled! It was nearly surreal.
OK, that's my story of the day and I'm stickin' to it! At least for today I am! LOL!!