You Rock

The Rock of Gibraltar is a monolithic limestone promontory so strong and sturdy it was known in ancient times as one of the Pillars of Hercules. It marked the end of the known world. 30,000 years ago one of its caves sheltered a little band of Neanderthals. In 710 A.D. a Moorish castle was built by the Berber chieftain Tariq inb-Ziyad, who gave the Rock his name. In Arabic it is Jebel Tariq, or the Mount of Tariq.  It has endured 14 sieges throughout its rocky history.  Against all odds, the British held The Rock against the Nazis in WWII.  It has proven such a stronghold that it inspired the saying, “solid as the Rock of Gibraltar,” and is used to describe a person or situation that cannot be overcome and does not fail.

It makes me reflect upon the people in my life who are as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, who I can count on without fail.

Thank you, Thom, my dear husband, for being my rock. In so many ways, you marked the beginning of my world. Thank you, Con, my dear sister, for the friendship of a lifetime that began with two little Neanderthals sheltering in the shadow of The Rock–but our little tribe has withstood the test of time.

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All images and words c2012 Naomi Baltuck


      1. Yes, lots of tasty fish, and a great array of creatures amusing me from all directions… It is just that I’ve put all other obligations aside… and let the river run past me without any work on my part. The results are very good so far.

  1. It’s always good to reflect and actively think of those who are important in our lives. So many people just let life drift past without a second thought.

    Lovely post, Naomi.

  2. Lucky to have such great rocks in your life, Naomi, and a brilliant way of expressing it. The Rock isn’t so very far from the Algarve and I mean to go have a look for myself one day.

    1. Dear Jo,
      You are so generous! I hope you do go one day. It’s a little surreal, to step out of Spain and find yourself in Great Britain, using pounds sterling, red telephone booths, and stopping for tea and fish and chips! But not only is the view great, the history compelling, the Rock Apes fascinating, but it is such a global collective frame of reference. When you go, I will look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing your tales.

  3. I loved your title, story and photograph. I’d also like to offer the lifeguard at that location if he or she would mind if I substituted for them once in a while.

  4. Beautiful. I never knew the meaning behind the Rock of Gibraltar saying. I especially like that it was equated with one of the pillars of Hercules. I learn something new every day!

    Thanks for sharing, Naomi. 🙂

    1. Hey, Mike, it is definitely my pleasure! It is always nice to hear from you.
      I really love to hear the stories connected to a place, especially if it is a pourquoi or ‘why’ story, that is connected with the geography of a place or explains why the world is the way it is.

  5. This is so touching, Naomi feels gooeed to read it, and it reminds me of how precious the relationship to our beloved ones is…

    and your photo is beautiful 🙂

  6. Beautiful and this one as well, “It makes me reflect upon the people in my life who are as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, who I can count on without fail.” Bless the people who gave us courage, hope and strength.

    1. Hi J.A.!
      Thanks for the visit. For such a tiny piece of Real Estate, a lot has gone on there. It was almost surreal to step out of Spain into Jolly Olde Britain! And just as surreal to be walking about on this big rock, guarding your purse and valuables from the ubiquitous Gibraltar Apes! That was a story in itself, and one of these days, I’m going to tell it! Best wishes for a happy holiday!

  7. Thanks for following me! Your blog is wonderful-love the way you interwove history, your life & visuals into a cohesive flow of understanding. Look forward to more from you.

    1. I’ve been saving that shot for the right moment. When the theme came up, I didn’t even know what I was going to write, which is often the case. I love the way it always seems to work out. Thanks so much for the visit, Kourtney. Best wishes for the New Year.

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