Day: October 22, 2004

Why the Muse?


Muse – 1

Pronunciation: ‘muz

Function: verb Inflected Form(s): mused; muse·ing

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French muser to gape, idle, muse, from muse mouth of an animal, from Medieval Latin musus intransitive senses 1 : to become absorbed in thought; especially : to turn something over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively 2 archaic : WONDER, MARVEL transitive senses : to think or say reflectively synonym see PONDER – muse·er noun Muse – 2

Function: noun : a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction Muse – 3

Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin Musa, from Greek Mousa 1 capitalized : any of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology presiding over song and poetry and the arts and sciences 2 : a source of inspiration; especially : a guiding genius 3 : POET

That’s what the dictionary says. What I say is all you have to do is see what I see in the mountains each morning (like the photograph above, taken early one morning just off U.S. 221 outside of Willis) and no further explanation is needed.


(The photo effect of this scene, taken just before sunrise, was achieved by setting the white balance of my digital SLR to "tungsten," which added the blue tint to the photo. I then enhanced the colors in Photoshop)

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