What first attracted me to this trio was the illusion of multiple light sources. This was caused by the shapes of the shells. I didn’t notice the hidden mussel until going through the photographs later.
I usually walk in the morning, but this was taken on rare walk at dusk. It has been too bitter cold for me early in the day! I absolutely love how the early and late sun creates drama out of items we would normally never notice.
Cubism is one of my favorite periods of art, largely because the imagination and innovation of the artists is almost unfathomable to me. How could Picasso have conceived painting from different angles in one portrait? In a period of time when artistic innovation was at odds with traditionalism, how could other Cubists have had the insight and incentive to look for underlying angles and lines in a still life or a landscape.
There are a number of portraits by Picasso (and innumerable similar pieces by others) where he paints a face both straight on and in partial profile. Consider this photograph as the tide line – land, water, and light – copying art, rather than the other way around.
With no four-needle pines in this growing zone, this is likely from one of our abundant eastern pines, with one needle lost.
Regardless of variety, the gentle splay of the needles, the monochromatic palette, and the soft early light combine to create a lovely photograph.
I just sighed when I spotted this.