Still Learning To See


Last fall Liz and I took a trip down the Rhine River with my sister and brother-in-law. One of the castles we toured was Marksburg sitting high up on the banks of this great river.

What castles do we have to protect us today, 800 years after Marksburg was first built?

It fascinates me today, still reeling from this unnaturally warm weather, to think of what was important in the 12th century compared to today. They didn’t know about climate change or carbon foot prints. Salt and warmth and safety seem to top their list. Interesting that two of the three are still way up on my list. And if I had absolutely no salt, it would be even further toward the top of my list.

Salt, locked in this box on the wall in the kitchen, was one of the most valued of all substances in medieval times.

The kitchen was one of the only warm places in the castle. Interesting to speculate it was mostly occupied by some of that time's "99%" wasn't it?

What else is important to me today? Really important? How can I use photography to capture that and share it with other people and, at the same time, make some difference in the arc of our future?

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One thought on “Castles

  1. Julia on said:

    I’m always reminded of Gandalf’s words, when Frodo wishes the ring had not come to him.

    ” ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
    — Gandalf,
    J.R.R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring, Second chapter, “The Shadow of the Past”

    You have already made a difference, both to yourself and others, by sharing this blog. Anne Frank never dreamed her diary would be a force in the world–so it is not given to us to know how far the ripples of our ideas may spread. We only can choose daily what is worthy of our time and attention, and send those thoughts out to others. So glad you’ve chosen to do that with your photography and words!

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