Wednesday, January 9

Stairway To

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You'll find this stone structure in the garden behind a home that's been dug free of Vesuvius's wrath. It sits on a grassy island covered by a canopied strip of grass and vegetation that's about 40' long between two channels that are each about a foot deep (marble lined).

At one end up to the left there may have been a small waterfall filling the channels which ran down the length to flow into a fish pond at the right end. This toy marble structure of steps and patios sits halfway between the pond and the waterfall and the steps in the foreground apparently led down right into the water.

How big was it?

Take a look at the dead leaves on either side of the steps. They are not from some mutant giant tree, but normal oak leaves. I imagine children sat on the stones in the foreground, their feet in the water and played with soldiers or dolls on the steps probably loading them into toy boats which would be cast adrift to find their way into the fish pond. It mimics the action toy trains of today. Kids could start their boats on either side of this thing (the steps on the other side of this structure were identical, also leading into the water) or maybe farther up by the waterfall, and watch them flow and sail on the current down to the pond. Maybe they'd race them in the separate canals. They probably had toy furniture that sat on the patios, perhaps this was a wonderful outdoor dollhouse or boy's fort (accounting for some of the scrapes on the decks).

I'm guessing the structure's at least a couple of millennia old. A backyard play set on a lush garden strip under a canopy for the kids behind a warm, seaside mansion under an endless summer sky. You can sense the ghosts of the children who, thanks to Vesuvius, never became adults. Well, I could... kinda... especially in that light. And this garden strip was surrounded first with a grape-trellised patio and beyond that a tiny orchard filled with fruit trees.

It looked so new, as if made for children just yesterday... but it was a long time till that yesterday, huh?

There's a poem here, I wish someone would write it.

SOMEONE HAS...

Incase you missed this in the comments below, Michael McMurma created...

Blogger mcmurma said...

The stone here speaks in whispers
and echoes, full of laughter
of the waters revealing glances
and softened reflections
on the smiles of a hundred children
splashing by.

Drinking water from a common cup
we shared a bread
with the taste of honey
and strolled together
towards the twilight, dancing
in the company of fireflies.

No, they were not her children
or mine
but their smiles are ours forever.

6 comments:

advman said...

Rust or stone or rusty stone? Who could tell if ever children fell alone into the dust? And if you must believe that this makes sense, ain't just pretense, imagine water as it may have run, a daughter playing in the sun, the tree still in leaves, and it will at last free your mind, as it weaves a kind pattern of the past.

Or so :)

advman said...

Needless to say that this image is fantastic :)

pnfphotography said...

amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Your work makes me want to learn how to see things better no kidding!!!

mcmurma said...

The stone here speaks in whispers
and echoes, full of laughter
of the waters revealing glances
and softened reflections
on the smiles of a hundred children
splashing by.

Drinking water from a common cup
we shared a bread
with the taste of honey
and strolled together
towards the twilight, dancing
in the company of fireflies.

No, they were not her children
or mine
but their smiles are ours forever.

Craig Tanner said...

Hi Ted,

I am glad you posted the raw file so we can see how much you have been cheating!:)

Your processing on this image and the vision for the image you have achieved is exquisitely beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing both versions....Craig

Ted Byrne said...

(Andreas) - You are right. This device screams out for imagination to fill the setting.

(pnf) - Hmmm... with your eye, all you need to do is to keep doing what you do.

(McMurma) - Whoa! Note... I've posted this with the original on the home page.

(Craig) - We're all flattered to have you find time in that sched of yours to visit here. Thanks for the encouragement. As for both versions... this is not something I want to do often... it makes me feel naked in public. Brrrrrrr...