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Convenience or conscientiousness can both lend themselves to the melding of unlike people, animals, or objects, as with this wall mortared by man and thrust up by volcano. Most often it takes someone’s vision to see how disparate parts can come together to make a useful and pleasing whole. The idea of opposing forces somehow clicking together as a puzzle does and following a path or forming a structure that neither could have done on its own is a challenge that is more than satisfying. It feels useful and creates many different kinds of beauty, too. It is interesting that this kind of blending isn’t seen more often; perhaps we get held up or stuck in the familiar and the  mundane rather than following the glimmer of a light bulb over our heads. Perhaps the thought of blended objects and lives is repugnant to us or we don’t see the point to mingling things that have started out unmingled when a satisfactory result can be obtained without the effort it takes to truly meld. This is very limited thinking of the sort we should be on guard against; if we relegate ourselves only to what has been done or happened before, we lose the senses of discovery and curiosity that drive mankind’s ingenuity and fosters our love of learning new things. Many new things come out of the attempted and successful, or unsuccessful, compoundings of many and varied thoughts and ideas – this is a large part of what we call progress. Aren’t the possibilities of future meldings or study of past ones fascinating to contemplate?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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