Monday, August 17, 2009

Zen Monday: #59


Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what the photo's about. I look for something provocative or, failing that, at least something odd.

As I post each new Zen Monday photo, I'll add a label to last week's to identify it if necessary (if I know what it is).

28 comments:

Vanda said...

That is a very metaphysical map, giving a whole new meaning of such old concepts as "you are here" and "trail." Just think about it, are we really here? Is there really a road to go on?

Btw, I know exactly where that is. I wondered about it myself.

Andreea said...

:) I'm lost. My guess is there was going to be some spectacular display here but the Schwarzenegger's budget cuts got the best of it.

Shell Sherree said...

I wish they'd stop printing those signs on thermal paper...

Cafe Pasadena said...
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Italo said...

Well, this photo remind me when I saw the same panorama, in Sicily, in a perfect countryside. But... It was a reading board: "Here we'll build new houses for you". Now there is a huge and horrible building, in the centre of the sunny Sicily.Noone lives inside because there aren't streets to get there, no water, no gas,. nothing. That building spoiled a perfect panorama of history.

Cafe Pasadena said...

When the painter is ready, their canvas & subject will appear.

Almost Precious said...

At one time there was signage that read : "Caution, falling cones and branches from dying trees could result in bodily injury. You may enjoy the view but stand here at your own risk. We are not and will not be responsible for any injuries that could occur."

Escapist said...

Ooo tats the board for every tourist to wrte abt their experience on that road......


jolliiiieessss:-)

Susan C said...

My mind's a blank.

marley said...

Leave your own map here.

Ted Thompson said...

"Here on this spot in 1743 nothing happened."




This sign placed here by the California Department of Parks and Recreation

elizabeth said...

On 8 June 1952, on this hill, absolutely nothing famous happened.

But it was a gorgeous day enjoyed by the lizards and the mice, and the smell of chapparral filled the hot, still air.

elizabeth said...

Hey Ted, we think alike!

Margaret said...

Don't you hate it when you have something to say, and you're about to say it, and -kapow-- all of the sudden you draw a blank.

Trish said...

There was a "there" there, but G-d took it away because, once again, we've managed, as people, to destroy the beauty out there.

or

If we had a decent state budget, it would read "due to budgetary constraints, this message is no longer available, make up your own idea as to what this location is".

altadenahiker said...

Complete listing of state parks that will remain open

Eamon said...

Blank canvas. Like me.

Dianne Emley said...

The only color spray paint the taggers could find was white, dang it.

Clifford Beshers said...

Fight global warming, paint all your signs an even, light color.

HearkenCreative said...

I think the fourth commenter had it right: "This post has been removed by the author." Oh wait, that's the computer talking, and not a comment about this image, right?

I had a college textbook about an American Zen community that was titled "A Glimpse of Nothingness" -- that kindof works for this image, no?

AmyR said...

Under construction.

Or if it's a state park, closed until the budget's fixed.

pasadenapio said...

"Coming Soon: Vast Wasteland"

Ms M said...

Talk about a blank slate --

sometimes that's my state of mind on a Monday morning at work :-)

Petrea said...

I think "This post has been removed by the author" is pretty funny! But you guys are not in a funny mood, so I won't wait a week to tell you where I took this.

Aren't we fortunate? This one's not a state park. It's the Cobb Estate, owned by the U.S. Forest Service. The money that bought it assured us it would be left untouched in perpetuity, and that means forever. "Forever" is until we forget. It's going to be a long time before that happens.

An educated guess: the sign was likely painted over due to graffiti. Someone in need of an education has been up there tagging all the signs, not to mention ruins and rocks. There was also a lot of litter. Next time you hike up there you might want to take a plastic grocery bag and pick up what you can; it's my plan, too.

Thanks, everyone!

Lori Lynn said...

Love your Zen Mondays. I looked at it yesterday, then couldn't get creative enough.

I do not post anything with any visible graffiti, I do not want to endorse it in any way. I have had the power poles, curbs, and signs in front of my home tagged, The good news, dial 311 and report it, and the city of Los Angeles will send someone out to clean it up in a short amount of time.

Great post.
LL

frazgo said...

Space left blank on purpose. Enjoy what there is without restrictions.

Anonymous said...

it looks like it creates a nice piece of shade for some tired little animal.

Petrea said...

Lori Lynn, I'm mostly the same way about graffiti. I've made a couple of exceptions, but only if a point can be made and the tag can't be identified (why help some lowlife get his/her message out?).

I once posted a photo of Boz expressing his discomfort over some street art.