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  • This tilting planet

    Solstice arrives as reminder: Listen to the dark, mention the inner stone.  Petroglyphs not other than Earth.  Not other than Carver.  Never other than living time crusting densities.  Petroglyphs appear in the fleeting present, matter inhering images.  Sunlight, moonlight, flickering starlight: flashing shadows across and beyond this tilting planet. 
    Petroglyphs: Lassen County, California.  Photos Douglas Beauchamp 2018

  • Minimal means, Complex meaning

    However I look at this image — with intuitive understanding, respectful logic, or measuring calculation — it eludes.  And that’s OK.

    From minimal light marking of the stone, a complex figure emerges.  A dot-dash vertical “body”; its base three-forked tail-legs-roots.  Above, a thin mark above an intersection of left and right extensions.  The figure’s left, a line spikes up then curves down ending with a loose circle. The figure’s right extension zig-zags and appears to terminate in a small natural opening.  Below, loose oval shapes may be related.  A lower double zig-zag appears older and may not be related to the figure.

    This bi-symmetrical figure, executed with clear intention, evades interpretation. A possible bio-form; perhaps a spirit being. The elegance of this image lies in its sparse articulation and implied power.  Minimal and complex.

    Petroglyph on basalt boulder, Lassen County, photo September 2018