ODDLY MATCHED PAIRS

It’s for you to decide

whether any of this makes sense.

Perhaps it’s just

a light diversion.

In any case:

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I was thinking about putting some recent photographs up, and as I gathered them together they seemed to fall into two camps: the man-made and the “natural.”Ā  Then I noticed correspondences between some of the images; hence the oddly matched pairings.

As I thought about the human-made objects versus the “natural” objects, I realized what a false division that might be. Are the natural objects free of human fiddling?

Not really.

The last flower, a Hibiscus, was bred, planted, grown and tended by humans. So was the ornamental grass above it. The wooden eye and the tangle of dried flowers, on the other hand, exist without the help, or hindrance, of human beings.

But wait – is that even true?

The giant log with its worn eye knothole rests in a field next to Lake Washington. The field is part of a park set aside by the town to protect wetlands. Did the tree take root naturally next to the lake, die of natural causes, fall down into the water and slowly wash back up onto land?Ā  Or was it felled by human hands long ago, and left in the field to rot and weather? The dark tangle of stems and seeds grew and went to seed in the same field. Would those plants be there if we humans hadn’t set aside that field as park land?

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Just how far

does one need to travel

to find a piece of

this earth

which is truly free of human intervention?

Is it even

possible?

(I’m not saying I’m against the human touch – far from it. Just something to think about!)


17 comments

    • I had that thought too, but then some things do seem to be existing more outside our sphere of influence. As soon as you think more about it it’s easy to see how our actions have had an effect. But we retain romantic notions about the “unspoiled”.

    • Yes, you’re a pattern person. I admit these ones aren’t all that obvious, but I’ve always loved connecting seemingly unrelated things or ideas. It’s nice to have you back after a little breather, which is something we should all do….

  1. Lynn, I loved the pairings, especially the second set wtih the shapes of twigs and grafitti. I didn’t make the connection on the third pair, but I enjoyed everything. You’ve got a great eye combined with a great imagination – always a pleasure to visit here!

    • I admit, the 3rd is a stretch, but there are similarities in coloring, the smoothness of the grass & metal tower, and the fine lines in the grasses & tower pipes – or something like that! I like a good stretch, why not?!


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