Intricate: what does it mean to you? Show us your interpretation.

Once, while in Granada, Spain, I spent an afternoon exploring The Alhambra on a sunny spring day in the company of friends. We wandered for hours; we stopped occasionally to capture photographs and to marvel at the vistas, landscapes, myriad fountains, and gardens just awakening from winter in this ancient, historic place.

Visiting The Alhambra is something I’ll never forget. To this day, when I think of the beauty and majesty of that massive palace, I wonder about the people who inhabited this stone fortress high on a hill above Granada, so many centuries ago. I think of the craftsmen who worked magic in stone, in metal, and in tile, in intricate color and texture.


What does the word “intricate” mean to you? It could be the deep, fibrous bark on the ancient oak tree in your yard. Maybe it’s the robin’s nest under construction near your window — that ornithological engineering marvel of mud and twigs. It could be the treasured piece of needlepoint your grandmother crafted, or maybe a drawing you made. It could be the leaves falling from trees in the Southern Hemisphere — the wind arranging them just so on your lawn.

I can’t wait to see your interpretations!

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  1. Beautifully explained. To me intricate means something which is a labour of love and has been created by master artisans ( could be human, animals or birds or even natural forces) with a great deal of effort. The peitra dura inlay carving at the Taj Mahal or even the beautiful statues carved on various Indian monuments each of which represent a lifetime’s work for a master sculptor are examples of intricacy that come to mind


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