Archive for the 'Rocks' Category

Wide Angle View

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Recently, we happened upon a no-longer-available Sigma 10mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for a Canon APS-C camera, so thought it might be a fun addition to our lens collection. Several weeks ago we had a chance to use it at the Natural Bridge of Alabama in the Bankhead National Forest.

The sandstone bridge is 60 feet above the path in northern Alabama near the village of Natural Bridge, AL There are two bridges – one much shorter than the other. It is reputed to be the longest bridge east of the Rocky Mountains. It is either 148 feet or 127 feet long according to information we found. Veins of iron ore have kept it standing for several hundred thousand years.

The light is dim under the arches. Bob was using his 24-105mm lens pointed up at the arches. You can see him in his blue shirt working under the arch. Linda moved back up the path to get the complete arch with a bit of room around it so that when she used the Transform tool  in Photoshop to straighten some of the lines a bit, there would be space to crop it.

A few hours later we camped at Tombigbee State Park in Mississippi. When we crossed the Tombigbee River we thought about our favorite version of the old folksong Gum Tree Canoe  or the Tombigbee River song, sung by John Hartford. When we lived in Australia it was played often on the Australia All Over program on Sunday mornings, even if it was an American folksong.

Rachel Carson’s Birthday

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Before Miss Carson wrote The Silent Spring, the book that awakened people to the hazards of inappropriate pesticide use, she often wrote about the sea. Some years ago we visited the Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve on the coast of Maine where she studied and wrote about life in a tidal salt pond.

Today is her 109th birthday. It seems that we should remember her courage and those who continue to write about the need to sustain the Earth and its inhabitants so that life can continue for all.

When we arrived the tide was in and when we left it was receding. As we explored the shore we thought about Carson’s observations of the creatures and plants that live in this semi-protected salt pond. She made many observations here that are in her book The Edge of the Sea. The sea refreshed the water twice a day sustaining the life in the pond.

We photographed the abstract patterns in the individual rocks and just before we left sat to look and reflect on Carson’s life and legacy. While seated the clouds’ reflections appeared. Another reminder to look up and down, forward and  back and get low or high to see the world in new ways.