"He taught him horsemanship, archery and how to wield lasso, rein and stirrup, and what and when and how, the rites of of convivial society, of formal ceremony and the symposium; hawking, falconry and how to hunt with the cheetah; what was justice or the lack of it; what the throne and the crown meant; how to deliver orations and how to go to war and lead an army."
The Shahnameh (courtesy of R.A.W.)
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Lately we've been getting the summer monsoon flow, bringing moisture in these big clouds up from the Gulf of California. When we're lucky we get rain out of these in afternoon thunderstorms. As bad as the drought has been we need all we can get and have been fortunate to get rain the last three nights.
When I took that picture, I was reminded of one of my favorite Maynard Dixon paintings documenting the same phenomenon, "Cloud World." When I was a kid growing up in Tennessee, I remember seeing paintings like this one and thinking those skies couldn't possibly be real.