A Line

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Abstract / California / Horizon / ICM / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography


July 25, 2020 — San Mateo County Coast, California; September 20, 2020 — My Office

Revisiting the same shot that was featured in the September 12 post. Same shot; different crop.

Looking at this while absorbing the current scene led me to make the following observation:

On either side of the line can be an infinity of nuance. But the line itself? Sharp. No ambiguity. That’s one reason why these views of the horizon bring a feeling of calm and stability.

But the real world isn’t so simple. In the real world there are no absolutes. In the real world, there is complexity. There are more than 7.8 billion people on this small planet. 7.8 billion points of complexity. But that’s just the beginning because there is infinite interaction among us.

That leads to a lot of complexity. There is no one-size-fits-all.

There are no absolutes. There are no perfect solutions. But there can be solutions that take more of the important survival points for 7.8 billion into consideration and there can be solutions that do not take as many common survival points into consideration.

As noted by the commentator in Firesign Theatre’s I Think We’re All Bozos on this Bus, “Yes, living in today’s complex world of the future is a little like having bees live in your head. But, there they are.”

If your head gets too full of bees while thinking about all of this, it can be calming to look out at the horizon to get out of your head and get some space.

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

The Author

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.


  1. Our images are a good place for us to go for that calm and a momentary escape from the insanity caused by 7.8 billion complex points of view. One reason I turn to nature photography rather than street or portraiture or some other socially attached exercise is the sense of peace we can get from quiet observation, and creativity, that comes from a close relationship with natural things. While everything that makes up ecology is quite complex, there is a consistent purpose to it…nothing whimsical about it. I see that in your images and hope I convey it in mine.
    When in college I thought Firesign was hilarious. As I grew older I started to think it was just silly. Now I look back and do see some significance for all us old bozos.

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    • Thank you very much Steve. Although we live in very different geographical areas we each have something in nature that gives calm, and we do our best to present it to others.

      I always thought Firesign was extremely prescient. Now more than ever.

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