Paths (Corsican Landscapes, Part III)

Another landscape paradigm to explore is that of the path. Usually, we plainly think of a path as something that helps us to get from here to there. Sometimes, circumstances can hide the paths, and the signs disappear in the landscape.

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Or the path disappears, because it really does not matter where you walk.

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In other cases, the ever changing surroundings make it necessary to find a new path each time.

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Often, the path is obvious, but there arise doubts about where it leads.

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And finally, Freudian stairs can lead to hidden desires of the mind.

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Corsican Rock Faces

One of my manic disorders forces me to see faces in all kinds of rock formations.

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The varied geological nature of Corsica, together with heavy erosion due to wind and water, provides ample material.

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Sometimes, sunlight helps, too.

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I am sure that today, after more than 20 years, these rocks are better preserved than the negatives I had to deal with. Besides the usual dust and scratches, some of them have deteriorated beyond help. I have stored all of them in proper sleeves and under dry conditions. Still, I noticed large speckled areas on some of them that clearly were not present 20 years ago.

Horizons and Limits

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How does the landscape we live in influence our concept of the beyond? For instance, if our daily view consists of a seemingly endless chain of mountain ridges, do we expect that these mountains will continue indefinitely? Or is there a last one, after which the earth just falls off?

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Islanders are obviously in a special situation. The island Corsica is even more special, because besides the unlimited view into the mediterranean see, it also offers serious mountains that help obstructing the view.

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I visited Corsica in the summer 1992 for two weeks. This was a difficult year of changes and decisions. In retrospect, meditating about the limits imposed by landscapes provides adequate means to examine one’s own limitations.

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