Perhaps it is because I have been reading Truk Lagoon: Legends Beneath the Waves, vol. 1 by Andrew Marriott, and viewing the truly spectacular underwater photographs Marriott has taken to accompany his text, but I am seeing underwater and slightly otherworldly scenes in the New Mexico landscape. Much of New Mexico was underwater at one point millions of years ago, but lichens and scales look like they are part of an oceanscape.
Case in point are these photographs of lichens on sandstone. The colors and textures on the rocks create designs that would be difficult to duplicate, and look more like they belong deep beneath ocean waves.
Then there is this creature. Definitely prehistoric, the lizard has scales that compete with lichens in the design category. In the first photograph, if you look closely you will see a touch of cobalt blue under its chin. In the photo below that, the blue is on its belly.
One never knows what weirdness I'll discover next. With luck, you will find some fascinating things to photograph this week.
until next Monday,
a passion for the image@
Keywords: Andrew Marriott, Blacks Crossing Photography, Daryl A. Black, New Mexico, Taos, Truk Lagoon, Truk Lagoon: Legends Beneath the Waves, vol. 1, lichens, lizards, nature, photography
I agree with Terry that the lichen reminds me of coral. These are wonderful photographs that show us the intricacy and delicacy of the lichen. The first looks like it could be an aerial photograph of pockets of forest in a rocky landscape. Very abstract and beautiful, Daryl.
Daryl, this is a subject dear to my heart. In the 80's I made 3 or 4 trips to Truk to do underwater filming with my boss Al Giddings. Kimiuo Aisek was a dear friend of ours, we always used him to guide and help us on our projects there. The soft corals of Truk Lagoon, its old name, are the finest in the world. Your blog post sets my mind and heart spinning back to those days of fantastic diving adventures. The deepest dive I ever did was 155 ft. to a Japanese transport ship. We entered a room at that depth filled with the remains of Japanese soldiers. Kimiuo brought a bouquet of flowers to place in the room. It was a short dive because of the depth but very emotional, a lot to think about. Wow, what memories and stories are attached to those trips.
You are right about the how the lichen colors evoke those same impressions as the soft corals. Beautiful! Thanks for kindling some fantastic memories.
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