Sunday, April 26, 2009


"Obsidian is basically a lava rock. When volcanic lava cools rapidly, it forms a shiny black glass known as obsidian. It is typically dark gray but may be pure black and opaque with a vitreous luster...."- gabbed the guy from the other group.

We are in Yosemite. The huge El Capitan stands straight and strong. The Half dome is half draped bathed in the afternoon sun rays. The Bridal Veil falls with voluptuous abundance . What a breath- taking beauty!

I look at the giant red wood tree fallen right in the meadow, now horizontal, half burnt in a fire, all roots gone.

She lived a thousand years. What message does she tells me?

But no, I back off. I must not go too close. They have very fragile root system, I might hurt her. But she has no roots, silly!

I read that out of a million acorn seeds only one may have the potential to be a real red wood tree. Most of them don't make it.

Yet, there are baby trees growing all around the dead giant, full of promises. The wild lupines adorn them with royal purple gowns.

I remember the picture of the Native American old lady, busy weaving her basket who used to live here some hundred years ago.

I come back home, light my table lamp and look for a round obsidian bead.
I drape the bead with silver wire in a basket weaving fashion. It is called the herring bone pattern.

As I look at the dark obsidian in the center her vitreous lustre and fine lines whisper all kinds of gossips and stories of the yester years.


Suzanne said...

That necklace is breathtaking! Just exquisite--I do love them so. Thanks for popping by again:-) IF you do become a Barefoot Affiliate could you put my name in as the one who referred you? Suzanne Chanis--Thanks so much Dita! Any questions please feel free to email me at

SharDon Exclusives said...

WOW! I want one! Where do you get the beads? Thank you, new beader buddy for commenting on my post. I am so excited to meet another beader in blogland!!! I have only been beading since last May but I am hooked really BAD! Plus I started blogging in May. So I am almost one year old. I can not remember what I did before beads....Excuse me now I have to read the rest of your blog..later, Sharon

Antara said...

ooooh... pretty. The tree is too, but I meant the necklace :)

Antara said...

ooooh... pretty! i like the necklace. the tree is nice too.

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