Perry County man finds balance in nature

Spirit of the Bluegrass

PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY (WDKY)– 

There’s something about Adam Fields and streams. At least once a week, you can find the 34-year-old Perry County man wading in a creek, searching for rocks.

He looks for rocks with interesting shapes, divots and weights– solid rocks that he will turn into fragile pieces of art.

“I went through a divorce a couple of years ago and I was devastated,” he said. “I was just so anxious I didn’t know what to do with myself. I remembered rock balancing and I started doing it.”

He became fascinated with rock balancing about six years ago when he saw a man doing it on a YouTube video.

“It was amazing. It saved me. It was a Godsend for me.”

Rock balancing takes an incredible amount of patience. It involves turning a rock by fractions until it “catches” in a crack or divot on the rock beneath it. Then adding another and another.

Adam has made hundreds of temporary towers and makes the nearly impossible look easy.

“People have a hard time believing it’s possible,” he said. Think he uses glue or wires or that the images are photoshopped.

“Some of my friends joke with me that it’s gotta be some kind of black magic or voodoo.”

The moment of balance can come in an instant.

“You can feel the vibration going from the bottom to the top. It connects. It’s like gravity lines up. It’s like magic,” he said. ” It never gets old.”

And the works of art that can take an hour to construct are often disappear just seconds after they’re created. Just a breath of air can knock them over.

That’s OK with Adam.

“You have to learn to let things go,” he said. “Even things you work hard to achieve.”

Adam is about to finish requirements to get his chiropractor’s license. So, soon he will balance spines.

“I hope my patients say, ‘My doctor rocks!'”

NOTE: Rock balancing is not the same as rock stacking, which is discouraged in national parks and forests. Adam only does this in creeks near his home and the rocks are returned to the creek before he leaves a site.

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