chronicle # 6: September 9, 2010
Shadow and Light
The Southwestern landscape is divided between intense bright sun light and resulting deep dark shadows. There is very little "lukewarm" in the desert. The desert animals burrow far into the Earth and cave for safety and shade. The cactus protect their internal water with thorn armor. The balance of shadow and light consumes all those who call this desert their Home.
It took us over an hour of rock climbing to reach the ridgetop of the Jacumba Mountains.
A crescent shadow appeared to be moving into the solid rock wall in front of us! We jumped up.
Had these ancient Artists intended a scientific time piece, or was this carving meant to be a meditative tool on the nature of "seeing" itself? We gazed upward into the blue sky. The dark masses and bright flecks of our internal blood stream floated across our open eyes. Everyday concerns slowly evaporated. A red grid began to form over the immensity until the lines of the universe crisscrossed in the panoramic sky.