John & Anne Wiley

2010/11/29

Rock On

I’m in a rut on rocks. Can’t get enough, so it makes sense that I can’t “give” enough aerial rock pix here. 🙂

3504 Why?

3504 Why?

I realize you might be asking yourself what’s so fascinating to me about rock formations (or maybe why you’re looking at them and reading this). Take 3504 here for example. I enjoy the shapes along the top, and though you can’t see it in this frame I like the way it pops out of a sea of shrubs. It’s fun for me to imagine the history of human interactions with this spot, the geologic forces that raised it from ocean to mountain, and the more recent erosion that made it look like this. I like how different plants have embraced various parts of it.

3507 Jukebox Rox

3507 Jukebox Rox

Others are more dramatic, like this one that evokes that ’50s jukebox with neon arches at the top. There’s also an impression of stained glass, and I like the arrowhead pointing up from center bottom.

3513 Playground

3513 Playground

How about this one? Might it be fun to scramble over this, and check out that row of small pillars at the back? Maybe flying allows me to scramble there in mind’s eye, clear of any lingering rattlers (though they’re probably all hibernating).

One more try. Do these pillars interest you at all? Are they ancient sculptures from Easter Island, or perhaps a group of giants turned to stone as they lay in the sun admiring the view of our islands? Do you see “faces” (like the thin-faced clown at bottom right) or other shapes in some of them?

3514 Pillars

3514 Pillars

Maybe I don’t lie in the grass and gaze at cloud shapes much anymore, because I’m up among them with an angel by my side making lazy circles in the sun looking down at stony hills where a small boy watched a lizard watching.

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