Weathering it out

This limestone outcrop is an implacable stone face that seems to guard the path to the very edge of the Jura mountains .

My village faces the Alsace valley, but the woods climb up to the very first folds of the Jura mountains which form a great arch of peaks between France and Switzerland. Everyone has heard of the Alps : awe inspiring sheer faces for skiing and climbing, but the Jura is less well known, it is less flashy and very beautiful. I like its anonymity and I am always surprised by how extensive this international range is and I love the cool valleys and its hardworking history of saw mills, watchmaking and engineering. Rivers pour through the gaps in the limestone and this rock lowers over a small stream that sinks into the rock in the summer to flow underground .

Every time I look up at the face I see something different . Sometimes it is an Easter Island idol; sometimes it seems crumbling and undefined, sometimes the ferns are Denis Healey eyebrows beetling above me, but always it seems to have weathered a storm that has just passed.

I am fortunate enough to have had two anti covid vaccinations and feel as if my personal storm of fear is passing . I know not everyone is so lucky and the pandemic is still a terrible danger in so many countries and I can only hope that like my totemic rock they too can weather it out.

10 thoughts on “Weathering it out

  1. Cheryl Capaldo Traylor says:

    Your rock is magnificent. So is the flower. It looks like it might be in the pea family. Do you know the name?
    I’m glad you’re fully vaccinated. We are, too. It does take some of the stress off my shoulders. So many are choosing not to be vaccinated, which will be a setback for us. And there’s still much suffering in many other countries like India. I still believe things will be better, at least by 2022. I’m laying low these days and not coming to WordPress too much, but I’m glad to hear you are doing well. Take good care. x

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