Instant Illumination

There are very few human beings
Who receive the truth,
Complete and staggering,
By instant illumination.
Most of them acquire it
Fragment by fragment,
On a small scale,
By successive developments,
Cellularly,
Like a laborious mosaic.
The Aspen leaves  were certainly singing and dancing high above our heads, and the entire forest was filled with their music. I’ve never scaled an Aspen Tree.  Soft wood, many of these tower above over  80 feet, live 150-200 years, and reproduce by seeds or roots sprouting and creating colonies of clones.

 

Lots of people were up at the Snowbowl in Flagstaff Arizona to view the Aspens this year, and a full school bus number of children were in the midst of a shared ecstatic experience, rolling about in the golden leaves, hugging the trees, laying with arms and legs stretched out,  gazing upward singing along to Aspen tunes. Laughing out loud , carefully selecting fallen leaves to pocket –   talisman’s for their journey.

Wishing an excellent week to one and all.

New Oxford American Dictionary:
verb [with object] 1 climb up or over (something high and steep): thieves scaled an 8-foot fence.2 represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale: (as adjective scaled) : scaled plans of the house.[no object] (of a quantity or property) be variable according to a particular scale.3 North American estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree).

On a Cosmic Scale

On a cosmic scale,
Our life is insignificant,
Yet this brief period
When we appear in the world
Is the time
In which all meaningful questions arise.

In all my years of climbing up and about on the red rocks I never embraced repelling off of them with a  rebels yell.  It’s soft sedimentary trickster rock for the most part, goes loose without warning,  hand holds bust unannounced, …it’s a long way down to ugly hurtful brush, unforgiving hard rock.

Dangling  off the sides of rock  formations by ropes/slings, unless bolts, pins, anchors were newly set and doubled up and it was absolutely work related necessary, with a lot of trust for my workmate,  was never enjoyable for me.

In the last few years I’ve observed  an increase in young folks scaling/repelling the red beauties in Sedona, often without so much as a helmet.  It’s high tourist season here . I’m hoping that those considering this sport while visiting Sedona will get a local Professional Guide who can assist in equipment/water you will need, know  the area, supervise, guide you.

A safe and excellent day to each and everyone.

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge : Scale

New Oxford American Dictionary

verb [with object] 1 climb up or over (something high and steep): thieves scaled an 8-foot fence.2 represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale: (as adjective scaled) : scaled plans of the house.[no object] (of a quantity or property) be variable according to a particular scale.3 North American estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree).

PHRASESoff the scale of or to a degree or level that is far in excess of what is normal or notionally measurable: meteorologists warned that conditions would be brutal, with soaring temperatures and humidity off the scale | viewing figures are likely to go off the scale because of all the hype.

In A Huge Scale

“I decided
that if I could paint that flower
in a huge scale,
you could not
ignore its beauty.
A walk to the car from an excellent lunch at Ewa’s ,
Thai Cuisine in Flagstaff,  discovered this very cool street art along an alley wall. Just had to photograph and share for this weeks Erica V’s Word Press  Photo Challenge: Scale . I could not find the artists name anywhere unfortunately.  It really plays with scale well I think. Standing looking in is quite striking .

A safe and interesting weekend to each and everyone.

New Oxford American Dictionary:

Scale:

noun1 a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something: company employees have hit the top of their pay scales.the full range of different levels of people or things, from lowest tohighest: two men at opposite ends of the social scale.a series of marks at regular intervals in a line used in measuring something: the mean delivery time is plotted against a scale on the right.a device having a series of marks at regular intervals in a line used in measuring something: she read the exact distance off a scale.a rule determining the distances between marks on a scale: the vertical axis is given on a logarithmic scale.2 [in singular] the relative size or extent of something: no one foresaw thescale of the disaster | everything in the house is on a grand scale.[often as modifier] a ratio of size in a map, model, drawing, or plan: a one-fifth scale model of a seven-story building | an Ordnance Surveymap on a scale of 1:2500.(in full scale of notation) Mathematics a system of numerical notation in which the value of a digit depends upon its position in the number, successive positions representing successive powers of a fixed base: the conversion of the number to the binary scale.

Photography: the range of exposures over which a photographic material will give an acceptable variation in density.

Musican arrangement of the notes in any system of music in ascendingor descending order of pitch: the scale of C major.verb [with object] 1 climb up or over (something high and steep): thieves scaled an 8-foot fence.2 represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale: (as adjective scaled) : scaled plans of the house.[no object] (of a quantity or property) be variable according to a particular scale.3 North American estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree).

verb [with object] : 1 climb up or over (something high and steep): thieves scaled an 8-foot fence.2 represent in proportional dimensions; reduce or increase in size according to a common scale: (as adjective scaled) : scaled plans of the house.[no object] (of a quantity or property) be variable according to a particular scale.3 North American estimate the amount of timber that will be produced from (a log or uncut tree).PHRASES off the scale of or to a degree or level that is far in excess of what is normal or notionally measurable: meteorologists warned that conditions would be brutal, with soaring temperatures and humidity off the scale | viewing figures are likely to go off the scale because of all the hype.play (or sing or practice) scales Music perform the notes of a scale as an exercise for the fingers or voice.to scale with a uniform reduction or enlargement: it is hard to build models to scale from a drawing.

PHRASES: off the scale of or to a degree or level that is far in excess of what is normal or notionally measurable: meteorologists warned that conditions would be brutal, with soaring temperatures and humidity off the scale | viewing figures are likely to go off the scale because of all the hype.play (or sing or practice) scales Music perform the notes of a scale as an exercise for the fingers or voice.to scale with a uniform reduction or enlargement: it is hard to build models to

 

The Last Landline

 

“Unless you had been to Grandma Jane’s house, saw it with your own eyes, or even better …..were privileged to have been summoned by it’s ring, held it in your hands, listened to the message for only yourself……well you might think Grandma Jane’s refusal to get a smart phone quite pedestrian.”

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge- Pedestrian-

Oxford American Thesaurus:

Pedestrian- noun: walker, person on foot; (pedestrians) foot traffic. ANTONYMS driver.

adjective: pedestrian lives: dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, uneventful, unremarkable, tiresome, wearisome, uninspired, unimaginative, unexciting, uninteresting, uninvolving; unvarying, unvaried, repetitive, routine, commonplace, workaday; ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, mundane, humdrum; informal plain-vanilla.                                                                 ANTONYMS exciting.

Interesting article from the Guardian on  SmartPhones inspired this post. You may enjoy reading it too:

Our Minds Can be Hijacked: the Tech Insiders Who Fear A Smartphone Dystopia

A peaceful Sunday to one and all.

The Day Suspended

“For Thirty Seven Years
Their morning walk
The day suspended
Then On to market.”

Negril-

 

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge -Pedestrian

pedestrian nounwalker, person on foot; (pedestrians) foot traffic.   ANTONYMS driver.                                                                                                  adjective-pedestrian lives: dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, uneventful, unremarkable, tiresome, wearisome, uninspired, unimaginative, unexciting, uninteresting, uninvolving; unvarying, unvaried, repetitive, routine, commonplace, workaday; ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, mundane, humdrum; informal plain-vanilla. ANTONYMS exciting.

Yahoo, it’s a Saturday. Peace and Blessings to each and everyone.

 

Fifty Years

“Fifty years now,
The Sun and Beatrice meet
At the corner
Both eager to get to market early”

Sorrento Morning

 

 

In response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- Pedestrian

noun: a person walking along a road or in a developed area.

adjectivelacking inspiration or excitement; dull: disenchantment with their present, pedestrian lives.

DERIVATIVES pedestrianly adverb ORIGIN:  early 18th century: from French pédestre or Latin pedester going onfoot, also written in prose + -ian. Early use in English was in the description of writing as prosaic.

A safe, peaceful,  and interesting weekend to one and all.