Scaled Contrast

contrast map AtaraKatz

Photo: Atara Katz

 

I am mesmerized by this photo of the guide guiding other guides in the Judea Desert. His finger is pointing at the very small spot their location represents, onto a map where the complete area isn’t much larger than the square mileage of New Jersey …

I love how his exacting indication contrasts with the vast dunes, hills, and mountains undulating far into the horizon behind him … How the vivid topographical colors on the map contrast with the subdued palette of the landscape …

To me this photo also tells the story of the limited perception one may have of the true scale of things: The size of our cells in relation to our body; our human form compared to the vast Earth; the Earth’s size in the Milky Way; our galaxy as a dot among other dots scattered through the universe like barely a pinprick on a map.

 

 

For The Photo Challenge

Structured

bulb AmitaiAsif

Photo: Amitai Asif

 

At first glance I wasn’t sure what had made my nephew stop to snap this photo of a monochromatic, drab dry bulb laying on the ground. Then I took another look and understood: in it lay the promise; the potential stored; the strength of tender yet tenacious tendril roots that had worked to nourish the more glamorous aspects of whatever plant this had been and maybe still was. Curiosity raised my eyebrows for the few seconds it took me to realize which side of this natural structure was ‘up’ or ‘down.’ I found myself pondering the mysteries and histories held by this brown bulb – now bare and barren on dry dirt – in the rain it had drunk and energies it had generated and the earthworms that had undulated around it … in the story as it would be told by the few leaves still left clinging, dry but home.

How incredible. How incredibly mundane. How marvelously so.

 

 

For The Photo Challenge