Daily Archives: May 11, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern – Fallen Tree at Sutro Baths (The Instant of Instant Abstract Art, 11 May 2013)

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Good Morning:

This week’s Challenge won’t pose much of a challenge for me–not bragging at all, it’s just that I often take pictures as part of my “The Instant Art of Instant Abstract Art” series of photographs. The idea consists of this: take a closeup picture of an object until nothing remains except color and shape.

For this first post, I’ll let Mother Nature do the work.

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When you explore the bluff above and to the north of Sutro Baths, one of the paths will take you past a fallen tree, mostly barkless and most of its limbs gone. I know nothing about how trees decay, but would guess that at this location they decay differently. On the one hand, you have almost constant moisture from the rain and fog; on the other hand, you also have salt air and wind. This might account for some of the patterns that have begun to emerge in the wood.

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As a nice side benefit, these pictures might assist in my quest to convince the world that grey is a beautiful color.

Vonn Scott Bair

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The Minimally Artistic Art of Instant Minimalist Art: The Ocean Grey

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Good Evening:

In an earlier post about Sutro Baths and the non-fiction book The Age of Wonder, I speculated about how sailors sailing into the Pacific two centuries ago must have felt venturing into the great unknown. Imagine if this was the great unknown into which they sailed:

Pacific Coast with Incoming Fog,  San Francisco, California, 04 May 2013, 06:29:17 p.m.

Pacific Coast with Incoming Fog, Land’s End, San Francisco, California, 04 May 2013, 06:29:17 p.m.

That must have taken courage indeed.

Vonn Scott Bair