Playing with layers of depth, density and texture, my thoughts keep returning to the Mariana Trench, that rift in the seabed – 10,996 meters down.  It lies in the Western Pacific, east of the Philippines.  This abstract image reminds me of a time at sea when sailing across the vast Pacific where distances to horizons stretch over vast plains of indigo blue.  The inky depths had an allure like no other, and the waves broke ice-white in pristine opalescence.  Oh! Sometimes I yearn to be on that ocean in it’s sea-blue colours,  feeling it’s textures and windsong moods.

WPC:  Layers.

Ben’s challenge this week …..  “share with us a layered image of your own. The topic is wide open, as long as you focus on the interplay of depth, density, and texture (or just choose one of these elements if you’d like). Strata of clouds, a shirt collar peeking through a sweater, a cross-section of an onion: you can keep your interpretation as literal or as figurative as you wish.”

17 thoughts on “Layered

  1. Hi Liz

    I love your programmes. the photographs and your comments. Recently you dealt with the Strelitzia and how it makes sure that its pollen is dispersed. Unfortunately I accidentally deleted this particular post before reading it properly. Could you send it to me again please ?

    Kind regards

    Wim Spronk

  2. Great abstract, Liz. It must be something to travel the Pacific, were you on a ship or sailboat? I’m not sure I would like to be so far from land, I’m a bit chicken that way. 😉

    1. Yes, quite the most life altering of experiences… a small yacht in the middle of the vast ocean – such a small insignificant speck, yet a part of the awesome whole. To live with natural rhythms and weather the elements shifts the mind in different ways to living ashore. It’s like being embraced in a watery orb of blue 🙂

  3. Liz, you describe a beautiful and pristine experience of riding over the ocean. I would hope that experience would not be heartbreaking if you were to take it now. I would pray that same route would not be layered with plastics…
    I wish all to be as you remember it.

    1. I treasure the memories, as I don’t think i have the courage to see what the effects are now. Even then – 20 years ago we were seeing plastic littering far-off atolls and the creeping effect of coral bleaching to some reefs due to warmer water temperatures. I would dread to see the cumulative effects of acidification as well as the insiduous presence of micro-beads in the water column, let alone the gyres of plastic trash. Some of the islands would be disappearing too….. the Kiribatis, Fuji – and that’s even more sobering!

    1. The immensity of it all was really quite something. The horizon was always so tantalising, as one advanced the distance behind receded. Got to some far flung islands and happy we did then as we were seeing the corrosive effect of westernization.

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