Transformation specialists often have occupations ending in '-ologist.' When they report back to the rest of us about how things are they inevitably wind up telling us how things change.
The leaves, the rake, the voices came into being from mass and energy that are on their way to something else. I correspond with you as a Halibut Point-ologist.
|States of water|
Sunlight provides energy for these compositions and makes them visible to us. When we sense them grandly it is breathtaking. We might invest our own energies into story-making or art to treasure a moment forever, to preserve it in time.
|Preserving a moment|
|Lichen colony around drill hole|
Weather is a global effort to even out the distribution of the sun's energies as our planet goes through its own rotation and orbital revolution. Weather is the dramatic script enacted by water, air, and light.
|Breaking water, breaking stone|
Erosion and weathering have leveled all topographic features repeatedly, contributing sediment that is eventually squeezed into metamorphic rock that eventually is consumed back into the core as the plates collide and are subducted. Continents becomes available for igneous recycling.
In time everything is "geo-degradable."
|New soil, new life|
|Coreopsis flowers, Halibut Point grout pile|
"Of course," I say at times, and, "What a miracle."
* See Chet and Maureen Raymo. Written in Stone: A Geological History of the Northeastern United States, 2001.