Stewardship

  I always enjoy seeing how birds space themselves along a wire. How do they know when close is too close? I’ve watched them land in a space that seems wide enough to maintain a proper distance between them and their neighbors, but if it isn’t enough they’ll adjust. And then there’s the individual, seen […]

System’s Confidence And Trust

  How about a little snow in order to better appreciate the summer temperatures? Obviously, guard rails are intended to keep cars from running off the road—and to reduce the severity of an accident when they do. Not so obvious is the observation that their presence indicates a lack of trust. Appropriately so. Bad accidents, […]

Coalescence

  Reflecting upon these raindrops, I’m drawn more to their  journey than to my usual inclination to trace subject matter back to its beginnings—perhaps because the first appearance of water on Earth is not yet fully understood. It is known however, that gravity keeps it contained. None of it escapes into space. According to the […]

Union

Although this weld bead is not a good one from the perspective of a welder, it caught my attention as a potentially abstract image, rich with color, texture and highlights. When I came across the image today the word “joining” came to mind, eliciting some observations for contemplation. Some of the metaphoric implications are obvious, […]

Evolutionary Transformation

  These wind turbines speak to me of innovation and progress in the field of energy. They also stand as testament to the values of adaptation, ingenuity, determination and collaboration. One of the lessons of systems science applied to social evolution is that once established, a system’s curve of development increases with time until the […]

Phase Transition

  For me, every element of this image provides opportunity to reflect. The color alone evokes the sensibility of winter, the time of year when, for many of us, the often overcast sky tends to dampen the desire for activity. The lines where snow meets ice meets water recall phase transitions: changes of state, chapters […]

Graphic Images

  The word “graphic” comes from the Greek graphikós, “to draw.” Photographs that a contain only solid black and pure white values with little or no mid-tones are regarded as graphic because of their resemblance to drawing. Strong black lines and shapes help the eye to focus on the linear essences of a subject, their […]

Form And Function

    Aside from the beauty of the reflections, this motorcycle urges me toward two lines of contemplation. The first is a deep appreciation for our capacity to extract elements from the ground and shape them into virtually unlimited forms. Size, shape and surface, even strength of materials and temperature tolerances are a few of […]

Stewardship

  I always enjoy seeing how birds space themselves along a wire. How do they know when close is too close? I’ve watched them land in a space that seems wide enough to maintain a proper distance between them and their neighbors, but if it isn’t enough they’ll adjust. And then there’s the individual, seen […]

Nations And Nature

  I thought this would be an appropriate image considering the recent Veteran’s Day and the upcoming Flag Day. Aside from the symbolism represented by the stars and stripes, the American flag standing alone against the sky speaks to me of the contrast between nations and nature, and how the former are dependent upon the […]