Building blocks …
SUMMIT COUNTY —Stone is such a fundamental part of the human experience that an entire age was named after it, coinciding with the emergence of Homo sapiens as tool-using animals.
Though we’re now living in the age of information and technology, we’re still surrounded by structures that were built of stone thousands of years ago — cathedrals, walls, spiritual sites — that will probably remain long after the last computer chip sizzles into oblivion.
At our worst, we use stone as a symbol of power and control; to imprison, enslave, and in the worst case, to kill our fellow man. It’s no wonder stone figures so prominently in some of the essential mythologies and religions of various cultures, from David and Goliath, Uluru and Medusa, to the stone figures on Easter Island.
So how about a definition: The hard, solid, nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made, esp. as a building material.”
And here’s another, from Merriam-Webster online: 1: a concretion of earthy or mineral matter: a (1) : such a concretion of indeterminate size or shape (2) : rock b : a piece of rock for a specified function: as (1) : a building block (2) : a paving block (3) : a precious stone : gem (4) : gravestone (5) : grindstone (6) : whetstone (7) : a surface upon which a drawing, text, or design to be lithographed is drawn or transferred.
Today’s photo essay was prepared for the #FriFotos Twitter chat started by @EpsteinTravels. The weekly social media gathering features a different theme each week. It’s become one of the liveliest venues on the web, with hundreds of travelers and photographers sharing their interpretations of each week’s topic. I wasn’t sure how many stone-related photos I’d be able find in the archives that are worth posting, but in the end, there was quite a trove of interesting shots.