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June 26, 2020 —Side of Mt.Tamalpais, Above Stinson Beach, Marin County, California

ICM impression of an incoming fog bank.

Years ago, someone — who was so much younger then — wondered what it was like to be inside a cloud. Years before that, another person — who was sooo much younger then — wondered what it was like to be inside the rings of Saturn.

In both cases, wondering was more fun.

A reminder that thinking young and growing older is no sin…

(Nikon D850, Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at www.amagaphoto.com All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


    • Thank you. It is the sense of wonder that keeps us young no matter how old we get. Personally I intend to get as old as I can possibly get. But remain young the whole time.

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  1. This is distinctly you and I cannot but admire your beautiful brushstrokes of time and movement. Yes, it’s creating its own sense of wonder like Steve writes. I could watch it forever, forever grateful for growing older and reminiscing about the past and present.

    Your theme brings me to “The Rings of Saturn’” by WG Sebald – a personal narrative of walking through history;
    Riffing on a melancholy trip along the Suffolk (our neighbouring county) coast, this book expands into a grand meditation on the past and present and growing older.

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    • Thanks very much, Dina. The sense of wonder is what captured me both in the actual shoot and in the edit. The Rings of Saturn just reminded me of an experience I had about 20 years ago: swimming in the Caribbean in the midst of a school of possibly millions of small fish. The school extended as far as I could see. At least 200 feet in all directions. The sense of wonder of being surrounded by that much life inspired a sense of joy that is difficult to describe. There was also the fact that they tickled.

      Some of what I wrote alluded to the Bob Dylan song called “My Back Pages.” Although I did alter the line considerably. But the real theme and the finishing thought comes from a song that was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and first performed by The Byrds.

      And now I must look up the Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald. Thank you.

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      • What a precious experience you had swimming in the midst of and with all that tickling fish. I assume this kind of joy and happiness evolving is a combination of the awesomeness of nature, the thrill and sensation arising when a new situation arises and maybe 1% fear is involved to make one feel 💯 % alive. I gave experienced something similar and it made a deep impact. 🙏🏻
        Thank you so much for explaining the musical part of the post which I’m not familiar with – and the link.

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      • To experience the joy of life one must immerse oneself in life. There are countless ways of doing it. That was only one. Making this photograph was another. Enjoy the music.


    • Thank you, Steve. Symmetrizing. I knew you would come up with something. I was thinking of Palindromification. I like yours better. Mine stumbles awkwardly off the tongue and goes splat when it hits the floor.


  2. Pancho says

    I love all the musical (and other) references in your writing. They take me over, under, sideways . . . but never down.

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  3. Not only it’s no sin, it’s imperative! I love how the lines are straight / horizontal in the middle and slightly start curving as if looking for an embrace! And that they receive! 😉

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  4. You wondered what it would be like to be inside a cloud. I wonder from time to time if shadows have shadows. If they do, you’re the one who could capture the image.

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  5. Inside the rings of Saturn – I love it. And that’s what this feels like. That slight curve is like the curve of space, or of the earth. It’s kind of amazing to me that so many parallel lines open up the space instead of limiting it. There’s room in between. It’s a terrific narrative/image pairing, Michael.
    On a side note, the words, Mt.Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, and Marin County evoke good things for me – mostly memories of a short time spent at Green Gulch Zen Center, not far away. I lived in NYC at the time and what a treat it was to visit that part of the country.

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    • Thank you very, very much. Yes, I always did wonder what it would be like to be inside the rings of Saturn. Then Cassini showed us. Very often, imagination beats out reality. This is a constructed image from an ICM shot with lots of editing in Photoshop. We are very fortunate to live in the Bay Area, which — for all its problems — is still an amazing place to live.

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