Reading Between The Lines
20 Jul 2023

So much can be read between the lines… like all the wisdom locked in the wrinkles of a human face. Here the earth itself shows the cruel instructive hand of time – but it is within the cracks and crannies left behind that the most interesting truths reside. A smooth surface is just that – smooth. But here we see the past and also hints of what is still to come, here we see whole eras, impossibly ancient and impossibly distant from ourselves, locked into place and preserved in the very surface of our rock ball. And more than just the strata of geological eras are right there, if we look. Within the wrinkles are little stones and dust of soil and rock – an entire world of minute matter we could be fascinated by if we were so inclined. Or plants that grow in between and within – territories on minute scales locked away from human exploitation or enjoyment – a place for insects and microbes and critters unseen. Near the centre of this pic you might also notice the bird of prey, perched at the edge of it’s cave nest – looking out for rodents to feed its young. There is more to see in one picture than a lifetime can afford to explore. And we pass it, casually, dismissively, as we do ‘just’ old faces…