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Joshua Tree National Park - Bowling Ball Rock

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 9 October 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

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Joshua Tree National Park, Southern California

Balanced between a notch formed by other granite chunks, this almost perfectly-rounded granite "bowling ball" has been here for who knows how many years?

These rocks, their shapes, their positions, their textures, their strength, all tell a story so awesome that it is almost beyond belief.
How in the world is it that they can be shaped and positioned such as they are, merely by the movement of the earth, the sanding force of wind, the loosening flow of water, and the baking hardness of heat?!? Yet, here they are and here they have been for eons. Continuously changing, but in "universal" time.

We do have a choice - all of us - to go "blowing by" places of natural beauty in our speeding cars, or stop, look, wonder and enjoy. Our children are mirrors of ourselves. They observe when we observe. If we show them this beauty and exclaim out loud, in front of them, they will "pick up" on that sensation and wonderment and do the same with their children. Those of us who choose to "blow by" will likely have offspring who will do the same thing.

In my view, qualities of Love, intelligence, curiousity, and wonderment, are as much a learned behaviour as they are an inherited trait. We are, after all, environmental creatures with a mind and a conscience - given to us by God - to reason, deliberate, and choose....and teach!

At the very least, should we decide to ignore these places of wonder, we can rest assured that someone will come up with an idea to build a resort right in the middle.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/400 second F/6.4 ISO 200 29 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
1/400 second
F/6.4
ISO 200
29 mm

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