It’s always nice to celebrate when classes are over for the quarter. But the spring quarter is special. When it is over it gives me a change of perspective and I can look forward to more free time to do research for the summer. The change also signals that most committee work is also on hold until the fall.
Just to celebrate I have added a picture of the beach below. This picture was taken recently from my phone at a beach.
You might rightfully say that that is not a beach. Well, it is a beach. It just happens to be covered with plants in the foreground. And the plants are obviously plants that only grow next to a beach. So for someone who knows, it is a picture of a beach. The picture was taken about one foot from the ground and if I had taken it from 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 feet from the ground, you would be able to see that the beach is there.
Obviously I’m thinking that the picture above is allegorical about research. Usually we get the perspective from the ground and we can not see what is ahead, even though we might be close to something we might be looking for (the beach). The picture from above usually comes later and makes everything obvious, including all the false leads and dead ends. But that usually only happens after a path has been marked by random explorers.