The Riverwalk Fishing Pier is in Bradenton not far from my home. I love coming here early in the morning when everything is quiet and the water is still. The way the weather works, as soon as the sun rises it generates a breeze which ripples the water, so the only way to see it glassy like this is before dawn.
The river flows into the Gulf of Mexico so it rises and falls with the tide. At high tide the pilings are mostly submerged. I've heard that decades ago there was a hurricane in the gulf and the water drained from the river before the onslaught of the storm surge. It was said you could walk across the riverbed. I've only lived here about ten years and not seen anything close to that, hopefully I never will.
I walk my dog here, he is a rescue. For some reason he is afraid of any walkway above the water and so piers are difficult for him. I've worked with him over the years to overcome that fear and now he'll walk out to the end with me. I don't rush him and I give him plenty of positive reinforcement. Whenever I see this pier it reminds me of how much progress he's made. Life's little pleasures.
This is a composite of the inside of two cathedrals in Barcelona. One is the gothic Cathedral of Barcelona and the other is the post gothic Sagrada Família which was designed by Antoni Gaudi. The two edifices could not be more different. The only thing they have in common is they are Roman Catholic. The architecture of the gothic is filled with repeating lines and arches and domes whereas Gaudi has created a masterwork of modern art and design that is both organic and audacious.
In both photos I was standing in the middle of the cathedral looking straight up. I since wondered what would happen if the two were merged, and this is one possible result. A clash of ideas, a combination of opposing forces.
To me this might highlight the idea of the duality and its fusion back into singularity. Simply put, duality is two halves of a whole. We see it in every aspect of life around us. But what happens if we merge back to a singular state rather than opposing perspectives. This quickly gets metaphysical and takes me into uncharted waters, but you get my drift. Its just an idea, but one I've had from time to time.
In effect, this image is a representation of an abstract thought exercise that imagines the re-combining of ideas into one. Or, if you prefer, this is how I doodle and daydream.
This weekend I was in Fort Lauderdale where I captured this ship entering the Port of the Everglades. This was just one of a half dozen or so I watched from the beach in the predawn hours. My hotel faced the Atlantic so that I could see the ships all lined up single file. The preceding evening it was the reverse with the ships streaming out in the opposite direction.
I walked down to the very end of the beach along the jetty at the entry to the port. Standing there the ships pass so close I could probably hit them with a beach ball. It's a strange feeling standing there as a tremendous amount of mass passes only meters away. It overloads my simple mind. I'll bet the people in those apartment buildings have quite the show each day.
The orange light coming over the apartment buildings is the light from the port bouncing off of the clouds we had Sunday morning. The whole scene was surreal and totally unexpected. I love little surprises like that, especially when I'm out with my camera. It's been said that photography is fifty percent just getting out and putting yourself in a place where something might happen. Sometimes it works out and of course I get really excited about it. Kind of like hitting a great golf shot. This image for me is a three hundred yard tee-shot straight down the middle of the fairway. I better stop now before I start mixing my metaphors.