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How often do you see a natural bridge stone?  Frankly I have rarely seen them without the necessity of taking a trip to a national park or some other distant location.

Natural Bridge Stone

Natural Bridge Stone

So in the world of suiseki it is an equally rare sight to find one in the wild or even for purchase.  During our trip to Kokufu this year we certainly didn’t think we would see any much less one for sale – but we were wrong.   After walking up to the second floor of the Green Club sitting on a glass cabinet with this small stone.

Bridge stone ~17cm

Bridge stone ~17cm

When we picked up this stone frankly we couldn’t determine what was the front of the stone.  Take a look at the photo above and the one below and let us know what you think.

Bridge stone reversed front

Bridge stone reversed front

I will hold off telling you want we think until we hear from you.  In examining this stone we believe it to be natural, but to be frank the Japanese are so good at modifying stones that it would likely take a magnifying glass to tell if they have worked on this stone.

The top looks quite natural as can be seen from the next photo.

Bridge stone - top view

Bridge stone - top view

We like the general color of this stone as there are hints of black, brown, gray and even red.  So how to display this stone?  I shot some other photos in a suiban with sand but frankly it was distracting to me when editing in Lightroom.  Perhaps a simple doban, or suiban, with water rather than sand.  I don’t know as I will need to do some more test shots.  Ideas anyone?

We have seen a few bridge stones displayed but mainly in Japanese suiseki books.  I’m curious how many of you have found them while stone hunting?  If you have some photos and have the time send them to me and we can do a photo essay on the various bridge stones in America.

Lastly, because they are so beautiful here is a couple more in nature.

Natural bridge stone

Natural bridge stone

Reminds me of Eastern Tennesse

Reminds me of Eastern Tennesse

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