November Meditation at Cape Arago
Peter and I had occasion to be in Coos Bay on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 to review a show of master printmakers at the Coos Bay Art Museum. Eyes swimming with original works of Rembrandt, Picasso, Whistler, Goya, Blake–the list goes on! we staggered out of the museum, and, as the day was fine, drove out to Cape Arago to think about what we had seen.
We found ourselves in North Cove just off Shell Island with an unusually low tide and all of the late afternoon sun to ourselves. We wandered for hours in that silent bell jar created by the constant roar of the surf, the bark of the sea lions, the screams of eagles and gulls.
I disappeared into light, rock, and camera lens, falling deeper and deeper into the textured, striated landscape of cliff and beach.
When I made this slideshow, I was mindful of what Nancy Rose Meeker said about “Cle Elum Gold,” and I simplified my approach. No animated transitions, only dissolves, and each slide shows four seconds.
For some reason, this was a very inward meditation for me, as I photographed the 65 million year old Cenozoic rock formations, the intricately folded stone, the dead sea lion (with ten-inch orca slashes in its sides) juxtaposed to fossilized marine animals…