This Suiseki Art sculpture, which Mas made back in about 2002, can be appreciated in many ways. The stone is a classic waterfall stone, or taki-ishi, and especially evokes the image of Yosemite Falls.
Looked at another way, it seems to be two hands folded in prayer (perhaps to the Poloti, the witches that were believed by the Ahawahneechee to inhabit the pool at the bottom).
The base holding the stone is a Douglas Fir roof beam from a house that Mas had renovated. He loves the feeling that the same beam that supported a family’s home also supports this suiseki.
Mas and I are fortunate to visit often at Yosemite National Park. His favorite time to photograph the falls is early in the morning just as the sun starts to rise, when everything is quiet and he has it all to himself.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service – “America’s Best Idea”. I hope everyone reading this has the opportunity to enjoy some of these incredible places which have been protected for everyone in the world.
We’ve collected a few of our favorite pictures of Yosemite Falls – please click here to go the gallery of images.