Atmosphere

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

The surface of water is pretty much flat. Beneath that, it rises and falls and flows according to temperature, pressure, inflow and outflow and other watery things like that. Above its surface it does the same, with angles this way and angles that way, rivers suddenly appearing, some of them even flowing uphill, pushed up by water’s relative heat.

It’s the same with the land around the water. It too pushes uphill, falls downhill, rises in great slabs one way, drops another, and all and all behaves no differently than the clouds above it, or for that matter the convection currents of heat below its surface, in the same way they lie below the surface of the lake.

The height of these up-tilted slabs takes these convection currents and pushes water out of clear air by pushing the air up…

Marble Mountains Above Big Bar Lake (September)

…in the same way the hills of the Commonage in the image of Okanagan Lake below have succeeded in turning an incoming river at a right angle and using the energy the lake is pouring into the air to push it north.

In all of that movement, in a world that is this movement, a hawk hangs above the grassland at the top of the ridge, as the wind pours past it.

It is motionless at the still centre of the world, but needs a strong wind in order to pull it off.

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