Header Attribution

The header photo is a wall in the Depot Art District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Liberation: Growing On Trees

Cruising along Highway 198
on our way to Los Angeles,
we came upon
a most unusual sight.

A tree festooned
with undergarments;
mostly brassieres.

This would be
rather strange
no matter where
one happened upon it.
displayed as it was,
out in the actual
middle of nowhere,
literally miles and miles
from any populated
and clearly the work
- the very intentional
and somewhat time-consuming
(no doubt)
work of humans -
looking for all the world
like a fraternity prank -
this nevertheless struck me
as a kind of 
Pop Art,
seemingly utterly crass
and devoid of any socially redeemable
yet still proclaiming
multiple levels
of interpretation
and psychosocial

And here's
a couple of shots
"the middle of nowhere,"
taken while standing
right next to
"The Bra Tree."

I could go on for quite a while about this.
Is this littering?
How were these garments collected?
What time of day was this art "installed"?
How did they do it?
What prompted (inspired) it?
Why here?

As you might gather,
this was a highly
photographic subject.

A few parting shots:

Taken 26 February 2012.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fog on the Bay

Returning from
a whale-watching cruise
on Monterey Bay,
the harbor greeted
us with this surreal
conjunction of
sea and fog.
It was like being suspended
in a timeless bubble.
Truly, it felt like
we might emerge
from the fog
to find ourselves
arriving at a
that was either
a hundred years ago
or a hundred years hence.
and eerie.

Taken 30 December 2011.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blue Wall #5

There is a point
just off the center off this photograph
where the lines
of the wooden slats
creating a slight optical illusion;
and all the
several shades of blue
to soothe the eye
and brighten the spirit
even while the
straight lines
enforce structure,
the shadows hint
at pending darkness,
and the peeling paint
professes decay.
The clear blue sky
promises purity,
and perspective.

Friday, September 13, 2013


we are able to
sustain an outward appearance
of serenity and calm -
or at least of
relatively unruffled
tolerance -
even when
our gut is
with uncertainty and doubt
in reaction to external
But sometimes
the inner ripples
find their way
to the surface
and our demeanor
betrays our inner battles.

The top photo
was cropped from the one
immediately above,
which is a picture of the water
and part of a pier
at Fisherman's Wharf
in Monterey, CA.

Taken 30 December 2011.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Monterey Sunrise

It's just water vapor
in the sky
reflecting sunlight
as our side of the earth
turns again toward
our local star;
and stately oaks
greeting the sun's "arrival"
cast in two-dimensional
against the lightening
of the morning skyscape.

That's all it is.

But the bruised hues
of this daily performance
are never tiresome.
They are always

Taken 10 November 2011, from my front yard.