Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April 22, 2009

Stephanie from Rodrigvitz Style posted two stunning photo's HERE and included a link to a pretty cool project - Earth Mosaic.

I wanted to participate, but didn't know if I'd get a chance to take a photo ... well, work lasted longer than expected and first trip out (when the light was near about as perfect as I would get) I realized the memory card was not in the camera ... UG! Raced home to grab it and headed back out to the original spot ... sun setting ... boo ... snapped quick shots in hopes of capturing something ... *sighs* ... settled on uploading these

I was really hoping that I would capture some vast and beautiful water shot. Unfortunately, I missed that "good sky" window. Since I missed it, I did a complete 180 and focused on what was at my feet.

Would you believe me if I told you the shot above reminds me of the Earth? I know ... it's not round. The continental look of the algae that got me.

The one below is a shot of some exposed root system. If I had been less rushed I am sure that I would have taken a number of macro shots of this one as the wood grain is pretty amazing and there's tons of debris (in the form of sand, shells & other random bits) filling all the crevices.

Neither shot is what I had anticipated uploading, but honestly, I am pleased that I was able to contribute.

I know that many of you had your camera's out today in celebration of Earth Day ... The site is open to upload pictures until April 30th (only those taken within the 24 hour period that is April 22, 2009). If you are interested in participating, just go HERE to upload your Earth Day photo(s).

on that note, I leave you with these:

"Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling."
~ Henry David Thoreau

"Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand."
~ Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes."
~ Henry David Thoreau


Sue said...

WOW!!! your shots are incredible! I agree, the first does look rather planet like. The way the algae is draped over the barnacled rock is wonderful!

The root shot is more dramatic, but again has that fabulous textural appeal that the algae one has.

I think you have two perfect shots that are very representative of Earth Day! Well done!

Denise said...

these are great shots! i love that green rock! would love to sculpt a fairy sitting on that rock!

Pattee said...

Fantastic shot no matter if they are late or not!

bindu said...

Your first picture is definitely very earthy! Love the soft green algae.

somepinkflowers said...

i can tell you have been looking
at the world
with your 3rd eye.


for tight photos
of the world around us!
i cannot resist.

henry david is the best!
i wonder what he would think
of things in the world,
way they are now?

{{ most likely he would not blog,
but who is to say? }}

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful project and your contributions are great! I LOVE both photos--perfect Earth Day shots!
Love your choice of Thoreau quotes too...ahhh, to speak so eloquently!

Pursuing Art... said...

Hi Michelle...finally out and about... breathing again! ;-)

These photos are fantastic. I can see why the first shot reminds you of the's the algae for sure! I especially love the exposed root is fantastic with mom nature's goodies filled in the crevices...awesome!

Great quotes...I love them...and Henry David Thoreau's are wonderful! Loved *somepinkflowers* comment...wonder what he would think of things in the world, the way they are now? Hmmmm...what a thought!

~Lisa ;-)

Janet said...

how the heck did I miss this? Love the little piece of sea glass in the first shot :-)

urban craft said...

Love the top shot, a little dali-eske. Very cool!

Stephanie said...

Oh Michelle, I LOVE your photos, I am always drawn to the details and you captured some beauties here.

thank you! for the nice shout out too!!


Margaret Ann said...

What a glorious treasure found at your feet...most times it is these unexpected finds that we remember the most...A brilliant post...both in word and photography! Your quotes rock! :)

Snowbrush said...

Lovely quotes, and lovely mandala that you use to represent your blog.

cindy said...

Your shots are gorgeous! I love the algae covered rock and yeah, it does look like the earth! :D


Chris said...

Michelle, these are beautiful! What are you talking about?

Thanks so much for this, because I've been away from things and didn't even know! I will def. post something.

Those quotes are fab.

Chris said...

Oh, I didn't realize they had to be taken on the 22nd. I was no where near my camera that day.

Oh, well. I saw some beautiful earth, though! said...

I love the content of your blog and your a very talented individual!!
I am now a follower!!
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Sandy Michelle said...

Say WHAT? Those pix were taken in a hurry? I would never have believe it! They are GORGEOUS! Hope you had a happy earth day ;D

Sandy xoxo

shiborigirl said...

These have an Ansel Adams quality to them (if he had ever used color that is...). Tight shots of detail that at first confuse the eye-brain connection, and then the a-HA moment when you recognize it for what it is.

Beautiful texture and light.



Sabii Wabii said...

What ocean are you at?

Robyn said...

Love that last one....makes me want to go pottering at the beach.

grrl+dog said...

actually the beachy shot would be an amazing quilt or fabric peice...

julie king said...

i agree that the rock covered in algae looks like the earth!! great shot!!!!

Cat said...

These photos are fabulous!!! Absolutly wonderful detail and the color - WOW. I love that moss (something we don't see in Utah!) And that exposed root is so cool with the sand.

[I always grab camera and NOT the memory card too.]

Good HDT quotes. I was such a fan of his 20some years ago, I have his ENTIRE journal... and read most his books... he was my hero! I even named an Afghan Hound "Thoreau". {Little known facts about me.}

Okay... so this comment is a bit long.

Hugs, C

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

Michelle....great shot of the algae covered earthy!:)

Melissa the Holiday Queen said...

I REALLY need to get back into the blogging world. Look at all the wonderful events I've missed out on. Your blog is always so inspiring! I LOVE the Earth Day celebration!

Lea said...

I do see the earth in that first pic and isn't it amazing when we look down at what is right there at our feet??? Love the quotes but esp. the longitude and latitude lines... XO

lynne h said...

i LOVE these shots, michelle. and yes, the top one does remind me of the earth, very much. i also especially love the top thoreau quote.

here's to a year of treating the earth with kindness...


Jennifer Juniper said...

I totally see the earth in that first shot!