“For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
– William Wordsworth
What can be retained in travels are the images etched in the mind…the thoughts and feelings they had evoked. As time passes, we can still relive those moments as we extract the gems from our mindscape.
These pilings once formed the foundations of houses built on the waters of Astoria. They are now resting posts for cormorants and gulls. Once useful for human settlement, they now blend in the natural seascape like mazes for the birds…still offering a haven of rest despite their weathered and beaten forms.
The old and the new can co-exist in the elasticity of the mind. The human imagination and creativity can reach boundless horizons, and connect timeless landscapes in the mind’s eye.
Trolley in Astoria, Oregon
Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall in L.A.
Photos taken by Arti of www.rippleeffects.wordpress.com,
October, 2007. All rights reserved.
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5 thoughts on “Landscape, Seascape, and Mindscape”
Your photos of the pilings are my favorites, simple and complex. Rather meditative in an unusual sort of way.
barbara: Yes, it was quite a sight…and I missed the moment when cormorants were resting on every one of them, like statues on pedestals. Thanks for stopping by.
Great photos Arti. That last building is very interesting. 3 years in the L.A. area and we never did a grand tour of downtown L.A. sigh…I’d really like to get to Astoria sometime now that I’m back in the Northwest. Hope all is well…
The last two pictures are views of the Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. And, Astoria is one interesting place that you should visit. It’s much closer to your neck of the woods. But I know what you mean, I seldom go visit places here in my own city too.