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Rocks and texture

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Oh give me rocks along with texture
And then I won’t incline to vexture.*

I took both pictures in Glacier National Park, Montana, the first on August 30th and the other the next day.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

* When I searched for vexture in the dictionaries front-ended at OneLook.com, I got asked: “Did you mean: venture, texture, vesture, vecture, vetture, feature, gesture, overture, fixture, lecture, vulture, mixture, verdure, denture, venturi, ventura, aventure, velure, voiture, ventre, esture, vettura, textury, ventuse, textura, vestire, vetere, vettore, vertue?”

No, I really meant vexture. In a separate Internet search I found an instance of someone else using the word: “And curse the mud with vain veritable vexture.”

In any case, each of the links in the OneLook.com response is active, so you can click to pursue as many of the obscure words there as you’d like. I invite you to use some of them in your own communications to see how much esture you can create.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 13, 2017 at 4:51 AM

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  1. I would only venture to taste this texture if I wore a denture.


    December 13, 2017 at 5:20 AM

  2. I’ll venture to comment—if the 2nd shot had more greenery, it’d be vestured in verdure. (Boy the autocorrect is fighting me on this comment every step of the way, very vexing)

    Robert Parker

    December 13, 2017 at 5:22 AM

    • Or you could follow farmers and invest in verdure.

      Yeah, autocorrect can be a pain. I’m a good speller but a bad typist, so I leave it turned on—especially since there’s often no obvious way to turn it off. I do reread what I type but sometimes an autocorrect-generated mistake makes it out into the world, especially in e-mails.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 13, 2017 at 6:49 AM

  3. Great word. With many layers. Wondering if you deliberately put the face just above center in the top image causes me vexture. Bucky Harris caused vexture when he copied a stream-of-thought excercise I wrote to the rest of his high school writing class, as an example of how to. Then gave me a B. Our Wolverines visited Austin last night, and left vexture behind.

    Robert W. Smith

    December 13, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    • Your pareidolia outpaces mine this morning, as I didn’t see a figure in the top picture until you mentioned it. I guess you’ll just have to face up to any vexture the vision caused you. Sorry to hear about your earlier vexture from the dissemination of your school exercise and the un-B-lievable grade you got.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 13, 2017 at 8:42 AM

  4. You’re displaying great mastery of textury in this textural context.


    December 13, 2017 at 9:52 AM

  5. Despite your mention of rock in the title, I saw the first photo as bark. It looks as though bits and pieces could flake away very easily, a quality that’s even more pronounced in the second photo. I don’t remember seeing rocks like this being shown here before, although I may have missed them.

    That second photo is especially intriguing. The burned wood next to the rock makes me wonder if fire might have contributed to the flaking. I can’t get over how thin the chips are, or how varied the color.


    December 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    • These pictures are from an area that appeared here a couple of months ago:


      Like you, I figured fire might well have caused, or at least accelerated, the flaking of the rock in the second image. I believe you’re right that I haven’t previously shown this kind of flaking. Hooray for new things. I could’ve spent a long time in that little area alone, but we had so much more to see in Glacier National Park.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 14, 2017 at 11:04 PM

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