John & Anne Wiley

2012/01/15

Scale

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,SB Region — John @ 21:10

I was looking thru the rest of my pix from the Avila flight and decided to share this one of the little rocks shooting up from a pasture between Diablo nuke plant and the lighthouse at Avila.

9309 Tiny Giants

9309 Tiny Giants

I hadn’t realized how tall they are until looking at the pic full size (click it to enlarge) and noticing the cows grazing to the left of the top rock for scale. If the cows are 4½’ tall, that rock is about 80′ high. I wonder what processes formed and exposed them (volcanic?), and how many people have climbed them over the eons.

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Interface

For many years the interface between computers and people has been very interesting to me. Even in today’s cutting edge technology it can often feel as if we’re pounding our “wetware” (brains) against an unyielding machine. Even if the machine can now be carried in our pocket.

Whether due to being a California native or due to another aspect of interface fascination, I’m drawn to the places where things and people meet. Like the base of Morro Rock, where the sea relentlessly carves out caves from the solid stone.

9189 Morro Rock Cave

9189 Morro Rock Cave

Back toward the South, Montaña De Oro harbors an interface of grass and sand, air and water, waves and stone, in a symphony of Life. Every time I look at this next photo, my heart rate slows and breathing deepens. The quiet mood evoked by timeless beauty fills my soul with the misty distant throb of surf.

9223 Meeting Place

9223 Meeting Place

Families interfacing children and elders stroll and scramble these soft and hard shapes, and lone souls find solace. The abundance of life you can see thrives atop layers of unseen life slowly digesting the stone and absorbing the sand. I see parts of that story written in this slab of sandstone being pounded for millennia by earthquakes and peeled away by the prying waves of sea and life of all sizes and sorts.

9229 Tablet Computer

9229 Tablet Computer

This stone tablet stores the tale and computes the story of this place, the perfect interface.

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