chalk leaf patterns


A moment from yesterday’s painting/art session – I brought some leafs, thinking I would experiment with their borders and with chalk colors. that didn’t really work out, but coloring the leafs directly brought out images of their structures.

But what amazed me most was coloring the leafs with chalk, to bring out their framework in blue and green and lilac.

Here’s a close-up:


depth of place, depth of time


Not too far from here, there is the bluest pond of this region – it’s also one of the deepest ponds, the ground of it opens to an underwater cave. There’s a second layer to its depth: not far from it, in an above-water cave, one of the oldest figurines of Germany has been found, dating back 35.000 – 40.000 years. Depht of time, depth of place…

More photos and reflections from visiting the pond: the bluest pond and oldest Venus of Germany: Blaubeuren

Here’s the stream of “Depth” photos + the call

+  a quote:

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


surface phenomenon


a refraction moment, from taking a “Tretboot” – one of this fun pedalling plastic boats on a river, for the current “Refraction” challenge

for this challenge, i checked the definiton after reading the  challenge page: “Refraction is the change in direction of a wave due to a change in its transmission medium. Refraction is essentially a surface phenomenon.”

looking for a quote, i found this one from Tolkien that is going under the surface:

“Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light
through whom is splintered from a single White
to many hues, and endlessly combined
in living shapes that move from mind to mind.
Though all the crannies of the world we filled
with Elves and Goblins, though we dared to build
Gods and their houses out of dark and light,
and sowed the seed of dragons, ’twas our right
(used or misused). The right has not decayed.
We make still by the law in which we’re made.”


night walk bridge


The first time i was in London, it didn’t yet exist: Millenium Bridge, which now leads in an easy straight line from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Tate Modern, and turns into a futuristic walkway at dusk.

A memory that comes up with it: walking across London Bridge after sunset, and a fellow traveller telling me the words she says when in one of those iconic places, to make being there more real: “This is me in London..”

(For the “Nighttime” challenge. more nighttimes here: collected Nighttime photo stream.)

salt sea & into the ocean


an ocean moment… and 2 ocean quotes:

“Everyone is an ocean inside. Every individual walking the street. Everyone is a universe of thoughts, and insights, and feelings. But every person is crippled in his or her own way by our inability to truly present ourselves to the world.”
– Khaled Hosseini

“The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.

It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down – sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.

At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing.
But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.”
― Terence McKenna