Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2008- a Good Year to Off-load some pounds and Onload some Scenes of the Earth

Bill Applegate sent these photos from his 07 trip to Alaska (from the ship)

I gave him this reply to the on-board Geologist's rejoinder that his photo was not a pillow lava, but a granite-something-or-other
"All unknown granite-like rocks can be called intrusives- this avoids embarrassment, and lets the exclaimer off the hook, in case someone knows more (in the audience). But of course, extrusives like pillow lavas are not intrusives".

Call to Hikers

Come take a walk with me today-
We’ll climb a high hill,
Sampling her creation along the way.

We’ll live in our mind’s eye awhile,
Seeing things she did so long ago.
The curt breeze will mask our bootsteps,
While we remember how it was in our childhood-
The collectible stones, the new valleys.
How fresh it all was!

We’ll see the young lavas,
How warm they were yesterday,
When our senses had no imprint of history.
How we laughed at the rocks sliding,
Rushing to cross our paths,
Long before there was such a thing as anxiety.

We’ll cross trickling streams,
If we’re lucky enough for spring rains-
Our hands will slap the cold waters,
Taking the place of bare slender feet.

We’ll love life- once again.

Harold L. Overton