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going (but not) fishing

Posted: June 19th, 2007, 2:08 am
by judih
School's over. Today's teacher relax day. We're busing to Yam HaMelech, the Salt Sea or the Dead Sea.
Below sea level, unique atmosphere - you'd have to be there. It's easy to believe that life is far more than my mind can comprehend when i travel through those rocky walled descensions and arrive in a place where UV rays mean far less than at normal sea level locations.

In short, i'm off to be the wizard.
will return.

best to all

Posted: June 19th, 2007, 11:06 am
by stilltrucking

Happy trails

The dead sea sounds like a fine and silent place

Posted: June 20th, 2007, 2:44 pm
by judih
woh, moon landscape, move over. There will be pictures when i download.
We took a jeep safari overland and those mineral laden rocks really give a vehicle a work-out.

Will be back with evidence. Thanks for the wishes, still.

Posted: June 26th, 2007, 10:30 am
by jimboloco
so you are below sea level, that means that the suns rays are less intense
how strange never thought about that

deep desert
peace in every step

Posted: June 26th, 2007, 11:02 am
by judih
a sudden rush of snail shells. Theories abound as to why there, but still, we stopped in the middle of the trail to see and wonder.


Check out the variations, the formations.

rock formations

and the jeep we were on (engine - semi-trailer truck)

for these and more, check my flickr

Posted: June 26th, 2007, 5:49 pm
by jimboloco
i find this one to be compelling
the earth works
sweet and salty
flashed on
robert smithson
spiral jetty
great salt lake
picked up a hitchhiker
heading west
but i was lost
long ago
you are at home
and now so am i
and robert smithson's collected writings
in my collection of poems and manifestos

i was thinking that would be a nice place for a sculpture garden
a homage to deep desert
a beacon for peace

Posted: June 26th, 2007, 7:02 pm
by Doreen Peri
ohh.. i love that one photo where you said "check out the variations, the formations."

gonna make a banner out of it, ok?

i'll put it up tonight for the travel jam

thank you for taking us along with you...

Posted: June 26th, 2007, 9:50 pm
by judih
delighted to haunt our upper banner. thanks for seeing it with your eye, doreen. breathtaking reality.

jim - a sculpture garden would be great. what you don't see here, because i didn't actually go to watch, is the bathers dousing themselves with mud and letting it harden to help purify the skin and remediate all kinds of ailments like psoriasis. Live sculpture garden!

Posted: June 27th, 2007, 7:55 am
by jimboloco
salt lake mud
a strin·gent as·trin·gent
wallking human sculpture garden
next time take some pics of that!

Posted: June 27th, 2007, 6:43 pm
great dead salt lakes
great blues and greens
would be a great haunt
for some rebar sculptures
must be great having
time off for creativity judih.....

Posted: June 29th, 2007, 11:51 am
by stilltrucking
The Books of Bokonon
God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!"
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God.
Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly couldn't have.
I feel very unimportant compared to You.
The only way I can feel the least bit important is to think of all the mud that didn't even get to sit up and look around.
I got so much, and most mud got so little.
Thank you for the honor!
Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.
What memories for mud to have!
What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!
I loved everything I saw!
Good night.
I will go to heaven now.
I can hardly wait...

Posted: June 29th, 2007, 1:12 pm
by judih
ha. great story, jack.
beautifully read and beautifully chosen. thank you.