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Here By Glimpses Known

Pretty much in our backyard...

On the Basque coastline, La Pile D'Assiettes (the stack of plates), which is just two-minute walk from where I like to go to write:

la pile d'assiette - st jean de Luz - close up

  For a billion years the patient earth amassed documents and inscribed them with signs and pictures which lay unnoticed and unused. Today, at last, they are waking up, because man has come to rouse them. Stones have begun to speak, because an ear is there to hear them. Layers become history and, released from the enchanted sleep of eternity, life's motley, never-ending dance rises out of the black depths of the past into the light of the present. — Hans Cloos Conversation with the Earth (1954)

And in context:
la pile d'assiettes - st jean de luz

Gradually the sunken land begins to rise again, and falls perhaps again, and rises again after that, more and more gently each time, till as it were the panting earth, worn out with the fierce passions of her fiery youth, has sobbed herself to sleep once more, and this new world of man is made. — Charles Kingsley; 'Thoughts in a Gravel Pit', a lecture delivered at the Mechanics' Institute, Odiham (1857). The Works of Charles Kingsley (1880), 282. 

Quotations from TodayinSci


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Jun. 27th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful. You're very lucky.
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
The population density of the Basque coast is quite high, so it is lovely to have somewhere so wild and unspoiled to retreat to. :)
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Jun. 28th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jun. 27th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! And you can read the geology of the place right before your eyes.
Jun. 28th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is very impressive. One of these days, after my incision has healed and my wubs watches our girl, I'll hike down and get some close ups of the more spectacular bends and folds.
Jun. 27th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Lovely quotes. Having heard children fall asleep after crying (and remembering doing that myself), I find those words especially evocative.

The stacked plates do also look like pages--wasn't it you who posted stone pages, to be read?
Jun. 28th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was me. :D

Falling asleep crying is just miserable. You wake up all puffy feeling. :-/
Jun. 28th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Your blog is my favorite blog.

I don't know why I haven't told you that before...it's been true a long time!
Jun. 28th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Aw, that is so sweet. And kind of scary. Now I don't want to disappoint. :P

Where have you been of late? How are V and your Boy? Are you still writing? You don't have to answer all of that if you don't want to. :P
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