10.02.2020 Friday Night Fancy

I’ll share two versions of one image. Actually it is one version but rotated for the second. I’ve shared images of Carter Pond and this one feature which offers some abstract compositions previously. But in reviewing old files I decided to do a tight crop to isolate some patterning.

This is the proper orientation with a reflection. But on a whim I rotated it 90Β° clockwise and do like the patterning although there is a bit of softness from the rippling water.

In a way, this reminds me of a drying animal pelt which may be somewhat disturbing but as I am seeing it as something other than that I’ll wait and see if you have an opinion.

I suppose I could slice the image and create another layer to have sharpness throughout by flipping the slice but I think, with this image in mind, I will try to return on a windless day and see if a still water reflection will fulfil my vision.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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25 Responses to 10.02.2020 Friday Night Fancy

  1. As soon as I glanced at the first picture I wasn’t sure if I was seeing rocks or a closeup of a moth.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    It reminds me of tree bark…

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  3. Repost that one on Halloween!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    When I looked at the first one, I thought, “Trilobite!” The second one’s a very particular face; look at the second photo in my post about the night heron. They both have a slightly pouty expression.

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    • I am enjoying that so many are seeing an individual vision when sometimes most see the same thing. A face didn’t appear to me but I do see the eyes, nose, and mouth with a mustache above it. Maybe that is what Bob saw leading to his comment about Halloween. Maybe the face is pouting about being stuck in a rock.


  5. melissabluefineart says:

    I’m with Steve S. ins seeing a moth, and a beautiful one at that.

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  6. Nice Steve! It does resemble a closeup of a moth! Very cool images!

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  7. Always fascinating what people see in these patterns, like a Rorschach test. I can see a deer pelt, and all of the above, as well as a fossilized, long-necked beetle, or a tribal mask – especially with the two red dots

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    In a way, ti’s more interesting to have one side smoother. I’m wondering what the red dots are.
    As taboo as it may be, I see what we’ll call female anatomy for now, which I’ve also seen in some of your Lady’s slipper orchid photos. Do you know Judy Chicago’s ‘he Dinner Party?’ It’s an installation she did way back in the late 70s. It features a triangular dinner table set with beautiful ceramic plates, each one honoring a woman from history, and most loosely patterned after the most intimate female anatomy. There’s a lot more to the artwork than the plates but they stopped the show when the installation opened. πŸ˜‰

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    • The red dots is probably a dried leaf bit as this was an autumn visit or maybe a lichen of some sort. Yes, I did see that but thought it better to let someone else, preferably a woman, make note of it. πŸ™‚ I had not heard of Judy Chicago or her installation but did Google it and check out some of the plates. I wonder how many of those women would have liked their references. Philosophically we are supposed to think of women as more than sexual objects and the vulva is more than that. And, of course, Georgia O’Keeffe was a trailblazer that way. I am not surprised about the show being stopped but I thought puritanism only existed in New England. πŸ™‚
      It’s funny you mention Lady’s Slippers. Of course, most orchids are sensual in a feminine way but I knew one photographer who, when viewing my photographs on NatureScapes.Net, called them testicles.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Oh, that’s funny about the testicles. It’s also interesting that you decided to be politically cautious and allow that reference to come from someone who identifies as female, which I do. πŸ™‚ Such tricky times these are! This post was a great conversation starter, right? πŸ˜‰

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      • It was. I’ve been guilty myself as many men are of speaking “for” women when I really haven’t a clue as to how they feel about most things regarding gender or physiology so I’ve learned to be circumspect. It’s one thing to have a philosophical opinion but speaking as someone with knowledge isn’t always appropriate. And that includes sensual art. πŸ™‚ I am seriously guilty of being overly PC. It is too easy to hurt someone’s feelings and I’d rather on the side of caution. Once you say something it can never be taken back.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Circumspect – that’s the word. πŸ™‚ And a policy of erring on the side of caution must serve you well.

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  9. krikitarts says:

    I’m not usually a fan of rotated images, but this one really works. My primary vote is for the tree analogy, and the almost-subliminal red bits of lichen or leaves stand out. I also agree with bluebrightly’s vision, and I see no taboo in it.

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    • Yeah, I agree with Lynn also and have to honestly say that once rotated it was the first thing I saw. I am not ashamed. πŸ™‚ Ordinarily I see only the real thing in an abstract but this one really offers a lot of interpretations. The leaf bits really give it a facial quality. In a way, and having mention O’Keeffe, I see her “Cow’s Skull” in this as well.

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