The oldeset known rock in Zealandia
was found here at Lake Wanaka.
It is estimated to be 2.7 billion years old.
This piece of peridotite
is made up of magnesium,
I wonder if it is the magnesium-rich water
that makes it feel so good to go in for a dip in Lake Wanaka.
Most of the stones inside the lake are darker green stones.
If Google served me right,
the rocks in the lake are Green-Schist,
a combo of albite epidote-chlorite-sphene (which is olive-colored),
magnetite (which is grey and dark green),
actinolite (emerald green) etc.
In the water,
they are brighter than when they are taken out of the water.
What attracted me was not actually the green rocks,
but the white quartz.
They are dotted here and there,
not the most common in a lake full of green ones.
Some white ones have the green-schist inside them,
I threw those ones back -
the ones mixed with other colored substances.
The ones I picked out
and filled the front pocket of my camera bag
were so clean and white
that they almost look see-through.
They have no blemish of color from other deposits.
In the water, even under a cloudy sky, they caught my eye.
These were the ones I would take home.
Aside from purple, gold, silver and dark olive green,
colors Iâd easily have around myself,
white is actually my favorite color.
White a color I darenât wear on myself,
or use at home.
White is a color that represents purity, cleanliness.
When I see white, it calls for image of bright light,
like my favorite light -
the bright pale sunlight after the rain,
which I refer to as Platinum Hour.
These white stones represent to me
the untainted minds,
the pure at heart,
the unblemished souls.
Untouched and unaffected by whatever condition they are in.
Especially in times like now.
When information muddles your own clarity of thinking,
when situations forces you to choose or cave in.
I hope there are many
many pure souls around still.
I picked up so many of these white quartz stones on the shore of Wanaka that my camera bag ended up being so heavy,
I had to walk sideways to hold myself straight :p.
After I returned home to Wellington,
They had been laid out in our front garden,
a symbol of appreciation for my kind of people.
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