Here are two pictures taken on different days at Aaron's Beach, my favorite county beach. At first glance, they appear straightforward and simple and they are. There's nothing complicated about what's going on here except for the excruciating analysis which is about to occur. Why keep something simple when it can be analyzed to death?
Let's take a closer look. In the top photo, the grasses point in several different directions, sort of like a green hand with fingers stretched out. Now look at the clouds.
A similar thing is going on in the photo below. The horizontal line of the branch washed ashore mirrors the board stretching across those posts in the background...and best of all? The clouds, the waves and the horizon are all linear images going left to right, marching right in step with the rest of the photo. Are you ready to march right on out of this post yet? I don't blame you.
Although who knows what was going on in my subconscious (it's an extremely dangerous terrain accessible to few), there was no conscious, deliberate effort on my part to take these pictures because of the repetitive shapes. Maybe I liked the flow of the grass in the top one. Perhaps I liked that the branch (from Nature) and the posts (man-made but exposed to the elements) were the same color in the second, but I didn't look much beyond the obvious. In fact I didn't even notice the shape of the clouds until this evening. Isn't that strange?
Now for those of you
The psychoanalysis, however, is liable to be a lifelong project.
In upcoming episodes of this blog, you can expect a talk about the Great Storm of 1933; about how Mobjack Bay wasn't always called Mobjack Bay; and maybe even a little something from the 1962 Mathews County Soil Survey, who knows.
Also, thanks to Pueblo Girl, I am considering a 3-part story about my move from Mathews to the City back to Mathews again, but that requires way more thought and contemplation than the 3 1/2 minutes normally devoted to these posts.
Last but not least, is it Friday yet? Monday was as long as three days, which is approximately how long it will take you to wade through this post.