A beautiful afternoon calls for a run around the lake and so that's exactly what I did.
There is a place on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin that is reserved for a National Rock Garden. It purports that the purpose of this is to 'educate and inform present and future generations about Australia's rich geological heritage'.
For now, there is a series of rocks with plaques affixed to them, naming their provenance and significance. They come from around Australia; from the inner depths and the outer coasts. Here they squat randomly on the ground as though they have been washed up, brought down or eroded through a series of natural disasters or geographical phenomena to this single spot. It's odd.
|Mount Painter Volcanics|
|Brockman Iron Formation|
Close up the layers and patterns are remarkable and intriguing. Sections have been sliced away and polished, inviting touch. They are warm and beguiling under the sun, but will clearly be cold and impervious beneath the stars.
|Bendigo metasandstone and Ballarat quartz|
|Chinaman Creek Limestone|
|Mount Goyder Syenite|
|Mount Gibraltar Microsyenite|