27 Sep 11. Whether it be the weed in the sidewalk, the tree in the side of a rock cliff, or any such similar activity, I have always been amazed at the ability of plant life to break down those things in the world that seem impenetrable. I know I'm not alone in this area as I can think of a few songs where this activity has been central to the theme of the story being told by the singer. It is a reassuring thing to know that eventually, no matter what we construct, nature will eventually render it back to its original beginnings. Of course we won't be around to see it happen fully, but it will happen with time as has been wonderfully documented in the book 1491. The image for today is of a stone retaining wall supporting the road near Paradise in Mt Rainier and shows the very early beginnings of the process. How these plants ever get their initial foothold on a shear wall like this is just amazing, but you can see it happening all over the park. I rather assume that it can be seen as either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on personal perspective, but I see it mostly as reminder that nothing man made will endure for long in the big picture. ISO 320; 1/250 sec @ f / 8.