0108: A New Year Begins

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I needed to start this first post of the New Year (Happy New Year, by the way) with a blur of summer color – something to help me cope with the deep freeze that is currently plaguing much of the country. A small thing – especially given what others have to endure.

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Three hundred seventy two years ago today, in 1642, the brilliant Italian scientist Galileo Galilei died in his home in Florence, Italy. He had been sentenced to house arrest in 1633 by the Catholic Church for the crime of “vehement suspicion of heresy.” His “heresy” was the scientific conclusion that the Earth revolves around the Sun and not vice versa. Thirteen years, the last thirteen years of his life, were spent under house arrest – all because his thoughts and ideas were different than others.

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I have to wonder, as we start a new year, how much we have evolved.

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I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after a couple of weeks away. And I started with a return to my Devonian Drawer. It seemed to be time to revisit this project after a long hiatus. More to come hopefully.

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These seven images are all brachiopod fossils, or rather parts of brachiopods in some cases. Over 12,000 fossil species are recognized, thus the visual variety. And these are all roughly 385 million years old. I wonder what the Roman Inquisition would have done with that information.

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A couple of final notes – These two pieces, from my “Abstract/Concrete” series, have been chosen for an upcoming show at the GCCA Gallery in Catskill, NY. The show, entitled “EXTREME SURFACES,” is opening this Saturday. The reception will be held next Saturday January 17, 5pm – 7pm.

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The image below, entitled “The Navigator” has been chosen for the annual show at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson NY. The reception is scheduled for the same time as the GCCA show – 5pm – 7pm on the 17th as well. If you are in the area please drop by one or both venues.

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Thanks for the visit. Here’s one last image from warmer days.

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5 thoughts on “0108: A New Year Begins

      • I’ve had a little rifle through your site. It’s beautiful. Not only in design, but your photography is wonderful, you capture texture brilliantly, everything appears so tactile, the colours are rich, you make a box of rocks look like art in its own right…
        I’d need an age to like and comment on the articles and photos I like because they’re everywhere.
        I need to spend more time looking through it.

    • Thanks Kim. I shot multiple images of an astrolabe at the Vatican Museum, blended compatible arcs into the composition that helped give a somewhat mysterious air. Glad you like it!

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