We created a website for Artist Jill Mcmanners to show her beautiful work.
Flowers of Basalt
Sulphur occurs in natural deposits on the edges of volcanoes and is known as Brimstone. A useful description for the volcanic convulsions of this Hebridean Basalt and the hellish atmosphere of the cliffs.
When the sulphurous vapours condense on the colder surfaces of the rock around the crater of a volcano it looks like the growth of lichens on the rocks here on the cliffs. Under a microscope the crystals resemble flowers and are called ‘Flowers of Sulphur’.
The Flowers of Basalt are Giclee Inkjet Prints made on 100% cotton Somerset Enhanced Velvet Paper. Using my extensive photographic record of trips to the islands I have created these digital images in limited editions.
Millions of years ago in “the deep heart’s core” of the earth these rocks were forming. These islands, tiny dots in the Hebridean Sea are not small on any scale. They are immense cages of basalt columns rising a sheer 500ft. out of the sea.
Corrugated and convoluting in their square footage they cover miles of rock and cliff faces supporting a small amount of undulating sphagnum green on the top.
You have to climb up and up, on and on. It is near impossible to land, impossible to walk on a level footing until you get to the top. It is only there that you can forget about what is happening at sea level.
The confrontation, face to rock, breath on lichen, cheek on fissure, recedes as you marvel at the skuas and sea eagles playing havoc with the puffins and juvenile gulls. The bony remains of their meals lay all around as you begin the hazardous descent back into the cauldron of ancient magma.