There are rare things in life that never lose their impact, no matter how many times one experiences them, and for me, these have usually come in the form of a handful of visual experiences. Sometimes, it’s just the sheer majesty and or beauty of a vista that never pales, while at other times it has something to do with the emotional context of the scene, and occasionally, it’s a combination of the two. For instance, due to my lifelong fascination with King Saul, standing at the top of Mount Gilboa in northern Israel, looking out across the Jezreel Valley has been top of my enduring impact chart for the past forty years or more, but lately, running it a close second is our now oft-repeated approach to Gibraltar on the highway from Spain. This latest viewing was the most memorable yet, with the rock adorned by a plume of cloud, blown backwards like a massive shock of silver hair.

Perhaps, in this lunatic, unpredictable world, the sight of the great rock, immoveable and timeless, boldly withstanding all that the elements can throw at it, offers a sense of reassuring permanence which only seems to increase with repetition.

3 thoughts on “ROCKY REASSURANCE

    1. Meant to say Ray, that it’s also pretty amazing from the air, assuming one can land. We’ve flown into Gib about a dozen times now and been diverted to Malaga three of those times because of overly strong crosswinds (always in winter). Each time, that happened the pilot gave it three goes. All a bit hairy for those unaccustomed to it, but merely a nuisance for those of us wanting to land on the rock and avoid Spanish customs and a two-hour coach trip back.


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