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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

Bruce Ross
Hampden, Maine ,USA

The Ancient Opening

We walked up the elevated highland trail in extreme desert heat and rested at the turn onto the bright white sandy wash which was the way back. The natural and abstract images began on the rocks and canyon walls when we climbed down toward the wash and then across some ledges. I was intrigued by two images: a corn stalk and a zigzag snake. Together the corn stalk and the large solitary snake expressed an old culture's center of gravity. The corn, the staff of life, and, with ergot, inducing an altered state of consciousness and the abstract images found here. The snake a sacred figure in ancient and extant cultures. But the empty space around the corn stalk and the snake each at a high point on the canyon wall also reflected the artistic nature of the two images by evoking timelessness. I looked down at the sand and felt a kind of vastness.

King Canyon
the mesquite's still shadow
on a boulder



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