Thursday, July 17, 2008

Under the Sea: from "The Living Surface" Series

I've long been interested in texture as the most ubiquitous underpinning of form. It's everywhere, on every surface of the visible world as well as in the micro world and at larger levels of the cosmos. Lately I've been concentrating on the textures of bark and the colonies of lichen and moss that grow on it. I've been lucky to find more texture on the surfaces of trees than I had dreamed I would, and I'm excited about trying to capture the variety of forms and colors I find there.

So I'm doing a new series, which I'm posting as "The Living Surface."

The colors in this shot were all present and in the distribution that you see them, on the tree. I just enhanced the contrast and colors slightly, to bring the color out. I think this shot looks like an undersea landscape, don't you?

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  1. Kia ora Lynda,
    Beautiful, and congrats on your showing. I would love to take you for a walk on a high mountain ridge here in new Zealand. I think the lichens and dripping mosses would be of interest to you. Have a wonderful day.
    ka kite ano,

  2. I love this Lynda and look forward to seeing more. Trees offer so much if people only took the time to study them. You would love the mosses here since we live in a rain forest area - at any given time there are a dozen or more different mosses to captivate the soul.

  3. Lichen and moss, I love it.When we came back to Australia from a holiday in Wales, I was obsessed with the colours you have photographed. Ended up buying stones with these colours which I made into a bracelet to remind me of a very magical and special trip.

  4. What a wonderful photo Lynda!!!! I love trees! It just amazes me that they begin so small and grow into something so big. I also love to think of how many years a tree has seen people walk by, things going on around it. I think that bark is so beautiful! Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. I Love your vision and taste.....nice job!

  6. Never thought much about textures till I found your site, now I'm looking everywhere for it, you're right it does look like an undersea landscape, cool.

  7. This photo reminds me of the rocks I used to climb on as a kid when we lived in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I loved those rocks!


  8. I really did think this was an underwater shot Lynda :)
    the shape on the left is very shell-like :)
    the combination of the greens and lilacs is lovely....
    and the texture is wonderful !!
    have a terrific weekend :)

  9. Very cool. Living in Chicago, I don't get to see that many natural wonders such as this. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Apologies in advance, but...
    I'm "lichen" it! ;)
    Yes...SOMEone had to go there! *L*

  11. The world is full of textures.. This pic looks so nice.

  12. Lynda this is really good. You know I tried photo textures, but for some reason, seems like I don't have thing for them, I guess I will have to be back here, lol, as I love looking at them, and especially ones by you. Anna :)

  13. Thank you for the offer, Robb! I'll be sure to let you know when I get up there to New Zealand. (I passed it once on a plane, on the way to Italy. But with our economy the way it is, I may never be able to go overseas again!)

    I'm sure I would love seeing your beautiful (mostly unpolluted) land! And I'm sure you would make a great guide! :)

  14. Janice, I know you look closely at things and see the beauty in all forms of nature, as I do. And I know the wilderness calls to you, as it does to me. Your words and images of nature are always full of tenderness. :)

  15. Pam, I'm glad you had a great trip and commemorated it with a beautiful bracelet, made with nature's palette!

  16. Angela, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I was trying to leave you a comment on your post about, was it Diane Clancy and Jessica writing about you, but it wouldn't go! Congrats to you on that! I hope all is well and your mom is feeling fine!

  17. Kim, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

  18. Bob, you show us the mystery of the skies!

    I'll take any of nature's beauty that I can lay my eyes on, so lacking a telescope, I'm usually looking at the ground, lol....

    At least I have a telephoto lens to peer into things!

  19. Cindy, that's so neat that you lived in the Rocky Mountains! I only got to climb the local hills in Pennsylvania and live above a cornfield that was much taller than I was!

  20. thank you, kim. hope your week away from your PC is going well and you're having fun! :)

  21. Hi Lana,

    I'm lichen it too! I'm glad you went there; I too, think it's a funny word!

    I'll be over to see ya!

  22. franscud,

    I've heard that Chicago is a terrific city, but I've only passed through when traveling.

    Right now I'm in the Maine woods, so it's easy to find moss and lichen, especially with all the rain Maine has had these months, and the snow before that. I've heard it snowed every Sunday and Wednesday, ALL winter!

  23. atniz, thank you for visiting and commenting!

  24. Anna, thanks for your recent comments. I'm glad to hear Matthew is doing well, and growing before your eyes. Hope he's a good sleeper!

    I bet you've taken a zillion shots of him already, as I did of our daughter, when she was young.

    Your photos and what you write about them are always sensitive and tender, and your reverence for life comes across in whatever subject matter you choose!

  25. This is beautiful, I love lichens, mosses and textures of tree barks, endlessly fascinating to those of us who notice. I look forward to seeing more of your photos on this theme

  26. Hi Lynda - at first I thought is was a reflection in the water. There is indeed textures everywhere and macro is the best! Great image - can't wait to see more!

  27. Lynda:

    This is great stuff, and what a good idea for a project. When I first saw your latest image I thought it was a thin slice of granular rock.

    Super-dooper as always.

    happy trails.

  28. Oh Lynda you are so kind. Yes I do have zillion photos of Matthew, in fact I take photo every day - thank God for digital photography, lol. Anna :)

  29. I adore texture: in life, in art, in relationships. Texture gives that extra zing. This is the type of shot I tend to take myself (wood grain, stones, anything with texture!). Nice shot.


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