This is one of my favorite pictures, taken almost 20 years ago. These two "people" are my then-roommate Margaret and our dog Topaz. What I see is the two of them sitting on Skyline Drive, looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley, each seemingly lost in contemplation or admiration or I know not what. What I think is that man and beast alike are compelled to contemplate their surroundings. What I wonder is what the two of them were thinking at that very moment.
to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge wave of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars,
and they pass by themselves
without wondering at all.
– St. Augustine 399 ad