I like these images Alan! A gladiatorial chamber like a cistern of bloodletting, and an angle of gravel with resting sinuosity: rivers and ancient might.
They remind me of the trip I made to Europe last May and June, which to me is now most halcyon of the world before what we have now, a crown of consequences, lysis, and death down to the first molecules of our frames.
At the time I was very interested in the then-upcoming solstice of summer 2019, and how it might relate to stone circles, pantheons, and the indigenous medicine wheel (viewed from an internally and externally European afar). In Paris we stayed on the Rue de
Boulangers with a view from the third floor of the Arènes de Lutèce, closed today for Covid-19, seen in fragments through green branches. One could imagine it soaked in blood, or pageants and music after enormous banquets, but also now mainly for football
and reading, beautiful in the sun or the rain.
Rivers of that summer were the Arno and Seine, accompanied by the bays and hillside streams of the picturesque Cinque Terre, and then of course later back home by the Mississippi. I can't remember any birds at all, even at the gardens of Luxembourg, but there
must have been some. Another rocky arena in Nice, and the rocky beach too which had a lovely green-blue color to swim in. I'm sure I must have seen pigeons and seagulls on the trip, and wish I had seen fish, but I can't remember any of either specifically
which makes me a little sad.
I guess for me the image that contains this all most fairly is the "mill of the heavens" or the 25,772 year precession of the north stars. It's a big set of nested cycles all going on its terrifyingly slow and eventful path at lightning speed, a millstone
slightly off its axis and grinding out not just peace and life but the evils of war and waste, tended by deposed persons of conscience who live partly by procrastination and partly by camoflage. Yet the mill does turn on!
All very best wishes to all,
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