What on Earth Is This Blog About?

I have no idea.  I’ve posted enough essays, vignettes, and what I’ll call blurbs that I should have a sample of writing large enough to reveal a pattern.  But the only pattern I can discern is that I love to talk about everything.  I love to show people things as I see them and ask if they see them in the same way.  I love to share the enigmas that perplex me, even if by doing so I won’t solve them.  Maybe I don’t want to solve them.  Maybe I like that they’re insoluble.  So what I’ve ended up with here is a sampling of essays about travel, ideas, people, places, mysteries, and topics that fall into no simple category.  Jorge Luis Borges once wrote:

A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.

I run my fingers over the contours of the world.  I rest my eyes on its sunsets and its snow-capped mountains, its white beaches and its emerald seas, its glittering skyscrapers and its rickety favelas.  I try hard to listen to people rather than talk, to let their words, their experiences, and their wisdom settle like fresh snow on the jagged landscape of my mind.  And through it all I’m really trying to understand myself, which I hope will help me understand everyone.  So maybe that’s what this blog is about.  It seeks to answer two questions: Who the heck am I?  And who are you?  (as opposed to, “Who the heck are you?” or “Who the heck do you think you are?”  Sorry, I’m trying to be funny.  If I can match Borges at nothing else, maybe I can at least be funnier than he was.)

Please talk to me.  I want to hear from you.  I don’t know much, but I know you can teach me a few things.  And thank you.

It’s time I created some structure for this blog.  So here’s my plan:

  • Beginning next week, I’ll post Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • I’ll devote Tuesdays to pictures (usually falling under a theme).
  • Thursdays I’ll usually post something short of my own, but when life gets busy I’ll share favorite quotes from favorite authors.
  • Saturdays I’ll post longer pieces, usually all “authorial” sounding.  Some will be essays, some will be stories, others will be travel narratives, and still others will be, well, random miscellany.  I’ve noticed that when I write these sorts of pieces, they tend to hover around 700 words in length, so that will be my goal.

Today, I want to share Argentina with you.  These photos are from a summer I spent traveling there while I was in college:

*These photos are sized wrong for my homepage.  For some reason the edit option isn’t working, so I’ll have to re-size them later.

The Andes near the Argentina/Chile Border

Iguazú Falls, along Argentina's border with Brazil.

Iguazú Falls

Iguazú Falls.

Northwest Argentina, near Salta.

Purmamarca, el Cerro de los siete colores ("the hill of seven colors"), Northwest Argentina.

El cerro de los siete colores.

Convent in Salta, Northwest Argentina.

Cathedral in Salta, Northwest Argentina.

This one is actually from Santiago, Chile.

About atomsofthought
Photographer. Traveler. Writer. Reader.

16 Responses to What on Earth Is This Blog About?

  1. cra5564 says:

    Let me just say, “wow!” Breathtaking pictures. I actually feel as though I am there if I concentrate while looking at them.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. EvilPoet says:

    What wonderful beautiful pictures! I particularly like the rainbow you captured. 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂 The nice thing about the park is that rainbows seem to defy the laws of physics and refraction and materialize everywhere you look. I wish I could convey the noise of the falls through pictures.

  3. Structure is good – I like your plan. And I LOVE your pictures. You have an eye for natural photography..absolutely stunning!

  4. gaycarboys says:

    The pics are just gorgeous. Thanks for dharing

  5. pattisj says:

    Amazing terrain, great photos.

  6. Margie says:

    ‘Everything’ is a good topic. Much better than ‘nothing’…

  7. findmepeace says:

    Looking forward to it, thoroughly enjoying your blog 🙂

  8. I’m a talker, but I’ve been trying harder recently to listen more. I record the query interviews because I just can’t write as fast as they answer. Listening to the first few, I realized how much talking I was doing – that was a good lesson. The less I talk, the more I am able to appreciate what the other person is saying, the more my mind is opened up to new ideas.

    “Who the heck am I?” That’s just right. We’ve got to keep our humor, or we’ll go crazy. And truly, I think we do spend too much time asking “Who the heck are you?” and “Who the heck do you think you are?” That’s where the listening also comes in handy – trying to understand and not judge.

    My favorite picture is the convent. That sunset coloring, the orange-red glow, it just makes me happy. No matter where I am or what it’s reflecting off of, it drapes a calmness over me. In that kind of light, it’s hard to believe there is anything wrong with the world.

    • That’s smart–recording. I didn’t realize half of the things I did until I recorded myself giving presentations, etc. when I was in college. It sure helps foster self-awareness.

      That sunset color gets me every time. I can think of so many places that before the sun hit the horizon struck me as kind of ordinary, but afterward became sublime (I use that word a lot…) and calming.

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