COLOR!

A color challenge/photo challenge…so many colors…so many approaches…let’s just see what happens…

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Color is

a Sol Lewitt piece at the 59th St. Columbus Circle subway station in New York, and

it’s an urban industrial sunset on Staten Island.

Color marches up a sculpture by John Fleming and soars

against bluest heaven.

Color is graffiti in Seattle, too – and the intricate thread-work

on an ancient Silk Road Ikat coat, tacked to a museum wall.

Color grows organically on a rusty old truck

behind a nursery in the Skagit Valley (where soon miles of tulips and daffodils

will set the evening aglow).

It plays games

in a midtown New York City store window.

Color is isolated

by a rubber glove dropped in a Seattle alley;

and color

dances

when sunbeams illuminate a torn leaf

in my red cabinet.

Color sweetens the deal in pink and

purple stripes: red osier dogwood twigs blended, in camera.

It reflects late day sunlight  – 

silver and gold: a banner night. It 

swirls

in choppy waves across Chihuly glass

in Tacoma. 

Mid-day summer-sun sets color down

flat

on tabletops set out on Seattle sidewalks.

Color ricochets through glasses in an old ship’s galley,

mushes together as it lays exposed

to the elements,

stuck

on a car door,

abandoned in a field,

somewhere.

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Photographs taken with a Samsung camera phone & a Sony NEX digital camera, in NYC, Seattle, and other locations in the Pacific northwest.

Find more colorful Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenges here.

Natural Resources – a Weekly Photo Challenge

Another Weekly Photo Challenge – Natural Resources – suggests an obvious answer: water.

A less obvious take on water as a natural resource is this crustacean’s-eye-view of Great South Bay from Fire Island, NY. Our shores and the water that defines them – sometimes gently and sometimes ferociously – are natural resources people around the world depend on. Paying closer attention to shoreline ecosystems saves lives – human, crustacean and otherwise!

Another basic a natural resource is air – the air we breathe, the air that buoys us up:

Trees are fundamental natural resources too – as shade and shelter, as slope stabilizers and air purifiers. Here in the pacific northwest, trees seem so eager to grow that when big cedars and firs topple, new trees will take root on the stumps, their roots steadily groping their way towards the soil.

From plant giant to animal dwarf – bees are a natural resource, providing for themselves, for flowers, for us –

And…chickens! An important natural resource for us – sometimes for entertainment as well as food.

About as unprocessed a natural resource as you can ask for, these freshly dug razor clams were for sale at Pikes Place Market in Seattle a few days ago. But for me, they have the “eww” factor, big time.

And what about humans as a natural resource?

Human creativity is a natural resource that expresses itself in an incomprehensible variety of ways –  from graffiti as art,

to protest as the creation of new forms of discourse, (above, Occupy Wall Street, fall, 2011).

Or, meditation as protest (nearby in lower Manhattan, 2011).

Dance as celebration – a worldwide natural human resource (here, at a Turkish Festival in Manhattan).

“Abundant natural resources” – that’s such a cliche. But it’s never unintelligent to ask how we are impacting our natural resources.  Are we wasting water? Dirtying the air? Breaking the food chain? Squandering our energy? Shutting down our creativity? Forgetting to celebrate? Our goal needn’t be perfection – just a little more attention.

More responses to this week’s photo challenge are at:  http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/sunday-post-natural-resources/