Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wexford Sights (VII) and An Amusement (XX)

I suppose it's a little deceptive to call this a Wexford Sight; what is pictured in the above image, a close-up of a frozen puddle outside our driveway, was only a "sight" for a handful of days before someone drove over it (and eventually, of course, it melted). And such an ice composition was probably replicated all over the country. But I like the above image, and it's my blog, so there you have it. And if, like me, you're a sucker for fun geometric things, you won't want to miss out on this; I plan on doing hours of exploring there! Enjoy!

7 comments:

Mpho said...

Again another very interesting image & link. Mpho is the Setswana for gift...Its Michelle Gallagher by the way :-)

A Doubtful Egg said...

Thanks for the comment(s), Michelle! And I can now say that: a) I know that Setswana exists, and b) I can say a word in it!
I love cellular automata, and could watch them for hours. I find it fascinating that what are essentially mathematically generated images can sometimes mimic life so accurately. And the photograph is testament to the macro-lens on my wife's camera! Although I don't miss the frozen roads, I kinda miss the snow; now we're just back to rainy greyness again. Thanks again for the comment, and all the best.

Claudia said...

Fascinating! Maybe, as you say, the ice composition might have been replicated all over the country, but it's probably the only one that has been photographed with such artistry. It's a Daedulus type of image, a sort of labyrinth I wouldn't enter as I get easily lost. Of course, knowing that it will melt gives one the security of an exit door!

My computer wouldn't let me access the Amusement. I just see empty squares. Frustrating. Maybe my son will explain what to do on Saturday.

And now I hear the sound of crumpling paper...

A Doubtful Egg said...

The cellular automata page uses a funny program to run the animations that you should be seeing in those empty squares, but I've never had a problem with them (and I've viewed them on several different machines now). I hope you can get it to work...
I'm glad you like the photo: it was one of (very) many I took in the recent freeze, as well as those taken of the patterns made on the frozen water that collected in tractor tyre treads in the field behind my house. Some are very beautiful! As Cage might have said, art is everywhere...

Stan said...

A beautiful image, Doubtful. I salute your artist's eye, your wife's macro lens (I wish this function on my own camera was better), and the ephemeral treasures of your driveway!

Geometry and chaos (or even cahos) in nature never fail to mesmerise me, and the internet has many rich pickings for those of us so inclined. An old favourite is the Escher web sketch.

A Doubtful Egg said...

That link is pretty cool (and actually has relevance to my art work (although I'm not a huge fan of Escher)). Thanks, Stan.

jams o donnell said...

Excellent photo. I love that patterns that nature give us