Along The Boardwalk
On a rather cool and overcast October afternoon, I was walking toward the Lake Michigan beach along the boardwalk when I looked down and noticed the pine needles. There, in a small section along the protective boardwalk where a number of white pine needles indiscriminately and arbitrarily placed alongside grains of sand.
Each grouping of pine needles created a new scene, one I could not have created.
Some needles were overlapping, some rested in perpendicular fashion to others. A few were alone, like this one, unprotected from the next gust of wind.
SIMPLE AND ALONE
As I studied these pine needles, a number of images came into view.
Here, this lone group of White Pine needles dissected the boardwalk cleanly in perpendicular fashion. The weathered boards, cracked from the exposure, captured fine grains of sand.
There is no doubt this scene was re-arranged by the very force of nature that placed it there, shortly after I departed.
Much To View
In its most simplistic state, this image is of a single White Pine needle group. Yet upon closer evaluation (particularly when enlarged), the boards themselves are cause for study. Each grain of the multi-colored sand yields its own source of investigation.
This image allows the viewer to seek out and find nuances that at first are missed, and available the longer one views the image.
File ID: PHP_IMG_14350
1Ds Mark III, Canon 180mm macro f/3.5 L USM
focal length 180mm
ISO 50, 2 seconds, f/25
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, Wisconsin