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From the bottom of the sea to 10,000 feet

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 30 April 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This hard compresssed red limestone rock once rested at the bottom of a warm sea. Now it sits atop the White Mountains at 10,000 feet. Ice fission over the centuries has cracked and split the rock and left them in mostly flat-faced shapes becasue of their density..The White Mountains have truly become a geological Laboratory as well as a research and preservation area for the Ancient Bristlecone Pines.

Walking among these rocks, I juist had the strongest sensation....sort of a cross between fear, reverrance, and respect. Here we were walking and standing, not only among trees that were thousands of years old, but we were also stepping around and over rocks that were perhaps TENS of thousands of years old....all around us! This realization "hit" me so strongly that I just had to sit among them and think about this fact and think about all the things that have happened in the world while these rocks have survived eons of ice, heat, wind, and dryness. The history of the world has passed and the rocks remain basically unmoved and unchanged. This feeling was almost overwhelming to me. Visiting this precious place just seems to have that kind of an effect on many who visit here. I am certainly one of them I suppose.....

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/640 second F/6.4 ISO 400 8 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/640 second
F/6.4
ISO 400
8 mm

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