I learned about cairn building from a very sweet movie with Brandon Fraser called Still Breathing. (If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.) I think there's a zen thing that goes on. It's a kind of awareness between, me, the earth and the rocks. Building cairns is a way of saying prayers. It's relaxing. It's an art form.
Cairns, like sandcastles, are ephemeral. They may last a little longer, but they will eventually fall down. No matter how you try you can never build the same cairn twice, even using the same rocks.
Historically cairns were simple piles of stone that marked a path so those who followed after would know they were going in the right direction. On a larger scale, Stonehenge is a kind of cairn.
The other day my sweetie saw this on one of the cairns. She stayed put long enough for him to dash home and get the camera.
What have you seen/experienced lately that was an unexpected surprise?