that heap of sand-atoms
A vista in our Araby : Mt. San Jacinto in the background
(frontispiece detail, obscured behind tissue)
ex J. Smeaton Chase (1864-1923 *). Our Araby : Palm Springs and the [ the ] Garden of the Sun... with a descriptive list of desert plants, etc., and hints to desert motorists (Pasadena, 1920)
University of Wisconsin – Madison copy, digitized September 12, 2012
on a clear day/page, here.
Perhaps there is aroused by the sight of that heap of sand-atoms a geological instinct akin to the sense of infinitude which is raised by the inconceivable figures of astronomy; or perhaps one's curiosity is touched, and subconsciously one wonders what may be hidden under that blanket of sand that defies the eye with its suave, unrevealing outline.
28 January 2014
tags: J. Smeaton Chase; artefactual clouds; deserts; halftone dots; obscurity; sand