Garbage from giants or glacial debris…smoothed and balanced and erratically scattered…

As in many of North America’s mountains, the geologic deposits around Mt Lassen bear witness to periods of volcanism and ice age activity. A boulder today was, yesterday, just minor stubble in an ancient shave.

But bearing witness to natural processes is seldom easy: the imagination must host the intangible, as the mind stitches one rock into the vigorous actions of geologic millennia.

Size, shape, scale…known instantly; perception floats persistently.

[Creative Commons Photo, National Park Service]