I know nothing of architecture, but I do like how graffiti artists make use of architecture. Even better if the building is abandoned.
During a trip to Seattle last year, we walked by Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson‘s Dedicated to the Good People of Seattle mural on a cannery building. I really liked it because it made such good use of the spaces beneath the window panels, how he kept the bottom buttresses blank (setting off each panel), and the faces are so expressive. They seemed perfect against the dilapidated building.
For a more traditional take on architecture, here’s a picture of the Seattle’s Space Needle:
This is a crappy photo. I know it is grainy, out of focus, and the prime subject (the dolphins) are too far away. But I had a disposable camera. Forgive me.
After mentally reviewing all my photos, I just really couldn’t think of one that gave me a unique, inspiring feeling. You know, something that made me think “masterpiece”.
To be sure, sunsets and sunrises are always inspiring to me, but I see those every day. I guess they have become mundane. But dolphins? Trolling a bay? I don’t get to see that often. Nor photograph it.
At the end of 2011, my husband and I went kayaking in the bay just north of La Jolla, California. I didn’t have a proper camera with me so I bought a disposable. When we got out on the water, we were amazed at how calm the Pacific Ocean felt. It rolled beneath us like silk. When we got far enough away from the shore, we started to see hordes of birds diving for fish. We thought, “Cool! We’ll see seals.” And we did (photo at right).
But what we also got to see were dolphins. A school (pod?) of dolphins were trolling the bay and they literally passed beneath us. I could have reached out and touched them. My breath caught at the masterpiece nature had created. The dolphin seemed so well suited for its task.
I wasn’t ready for the shot when they passed beneath us, but since they were systematically fishing the bay (back and forth), they did come by a few times and I managed the crappy photo above. Though poor, this photo reminds me of the masterful way the dolphins commanded the sea.
I haven’t been taking as many pictures this year as I had hoped. I started the year out taking a basic photography class on Lynda.com, but I lost interest at some point and still haven’t finished it. I’m still taking pictures, but not with a focus to improve.
Today, I read a blog post titled Watch the Birdy over on Filling Spaces, and it made me realize the rich source of photographic material I have in my backyard – birds!
Sonoma County has a variety of bird species that live year-round as well as many migratory birds that stop by. So, I’m making it a goal to take a picture of a different bird species (and successfully ID it) once a week. That may turn into once a month, but I’ll try.
I don’t have a recent photo for tonight’s post, but I do have this one that I took on March 16th, 2013. My husband and I were out on a morning walk and on our way back, we saw this bird perched on the security light pole. Unfortunately, we were in a hurry to get somewhere and I couldn’t hang around and take a proper picture (plus I rarely am patient enough to photograph wildlife – this will be a challenge for me in more than one way). I know the photo is a bit dark, but does anyone know what it is?
One of the tree-clinging birds, obviously, but it doesn’t quite look like a flicker or a woodpecker. Whatever she is called, I know she’s not from around here, because I haven’t seen her since.
EDIT: Of course, as soon as I hit publish on WordPress, I looked in one other field guide and found out what she is: Northern Flicker.
Oh, and don’t worry. I will finish that class…eventually!