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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Three sixty

One of these photos has appeared on this blog before but this arrangement of driftwood has stayed with me for the last few months. Last fall, when my husband and I saw these driftwood pieces on Cavendish Beach, I took a series of photos around the wood. The pieces were battered by the elements though away from regular wave action. If you don’t walk around them, you miss a great deal.





Some qualities of the wood are the same from all angles, its smooth and rough elements, with projections, lines, holes, colours and marks.




However, as you circle it, the background changes as does the light and they highlight different pieces and areas.




Your position affects how and what you see.





And so it is with life sometimes. 

This year, I will remember the driftwood!




42 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Wonderful analogy!

Rhodesia said...

Interesting, I love driftwood. Diane

DJan said...

I think that's a wonderful analogy for life and our world today. I'll remember it, Marie. Thank you for the insight. :-)

Tomoko said...

It is sad to see them.I am glad that at least those are not some parts of rickety boats drifted from stormy sea.

Joanne Noragon said...

Perspective. Objective perspective. Love it.

Linda deV said...

I love it!

Anvilcloud said...

A good photo lesson that I too often forget is to thoroughly explore the scene, any scene. Don't t just shoot one and go. But I forget.

Mage said...

Just lovely.

William Kendall said...

Wonderful perspectives! My mother was quite fond of driftwood.

Celia said...

Beautiful Marie and I always wonder where the wood has been traveling and where it came from.

Jenn said...

Wise words. I like it very much.
I always liked finding smooth pieces of driftwood on vacations to Vancouver Island when I was a kid.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for the beautiful poetic life lesson.

Down by the sea said...

So true and thought provoking! Sarah x

Debbie said...

it beautiful - and true of so many things!!!

bill burke said...

I love this post, Marie and I love driftwood. You are right about walking around it to see the image transform into something else. I collect driftwood and my wife uses pieces in her art.

Danielle L Zecher said...

It's very pretty. And so true that our position can affect how we see things.

Barbara said...

Awh Driftwood. It is so soft and sensual in appearance. Nice photos.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

I do too, Diane.

Marie Smith said...

It’s been on my mind since I saw it, Jan.

Catarina said...

Some of us (maybe I should write "I" but I don't want to be alone) tend to see things, situations or people from one angle/perspective only thus limiting our understanding, our appreciation of what surrounds us.

Yes let's do a three sixty and become richer in the process. ..

Marie Smith said...

There is an area of beach here with the wooden remains of a boat, Tomoko, though I haven’t seen it.

Marie Smith said...

Great title, Joanne.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Linda.

Marie Smith said...

I know, AC. It is easily done!

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Mage.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, William.

Marie Smith said...

I always ponder that too, Celia.

Marie Smith said...

Thanks, Jenn.

Marie Smith said...

You are welcome, EC.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Sarah.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you. i agree, Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

Your wife must be creative, Bill. How wonderful to use natural elements in one’s art!

Marie Smith said...

I love the various looks too, Danielle.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Barbara.

Ginnie said...

What a great sermonette the driftwood has offered us all, Marie. Thank you. I was just talking to someone today about how careful we need to be in how we "frame" our stories, lest they end up being untruths.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Loved this post Marie, for nature's sculpture and the insight it offered! All is well with you?

Marie Smith said...

I am trying to change, Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

Great example, Ginnie!

Marie Smith said...

All is well, PDP. Thank you for asking though!

The Furry Gnome said...

You have a photographer's eye!

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, FG.