This is a meeting of the quick life and the slow life.
In the blink of an eye the basking lizard slips from its rock into the sanctuary of this old wall.
Its heart beats fast, its motions staccato, the rapid fierce glare and darting attack align this species with the quick life.
The perception of the lizard is not ours and certainly not that of the lichen.
These amalgams of living truly represent a slower life, spreading over the wall in centuries. Their bryophytic patience seemingly boundless.
Yet, even they seem to race through life from the viewpoint of the rocks.
Their geologic time is truly the long story of earth.
Yet here they all meet in the one moment. Timeless yet rich in perceptive realties.
Each and every moment has a magnificent depth and profundity of being.
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