It seems obvious that markings made on sun-darkened rock,
laboriously chipped into the surface with another rock, would be a way to
communicate with others who were not there at the moment, such as the indicator of a spring behind a stone, or a place to look from to see clearly, or the record of an event that occurred nearby.
It also seems obvious that images made in stone in this way are ART, using keen observation of the shape and characteristics of animals and translating that into lines and shading, using the natural dots and bumps of the rock as visual elements in the drawing.
The back roads and side alleys of St. Augustine, Florida, have their own surprises and charms. This image was placed just in front of my camera as I strolled the park near the lighthouse.
The trip was a “surgery-moon” — a spur-of-the-moment visit to take advantage of a healing left knee and a not-yet surgeried right knee. When both knees are replaced with metal and plastic inserts, you don’t really know if you’ll be able to walk again. And I wanted to walk.
Not hike. Not stroll. But walk. See new things at an easy walking pace. Experience time-worn steps and polished stone streets. Sail on a sloop and ride in a trolley car.
Now that it is now November, three months out, I can walk again. Still unsteady on uneven ground, still limited in the weight that can be placed on healing joints, and still trying to find a comfortable position in bed for a good night’s sleep, but better. The older knee is not as far along as the newer knee. Stairs are still a challenge. But I think it’s going to work out.
Thank you, Dr. Marty Redish and staff. I appreciate the work you have done for my benefit.