Tuesday, 6 September 2011

weather permitting

Autumn, or fall, has arrived. 

There's no messing about with amazing fall colors, such as those in Vermont, or crystal clear days and freezing nights - hard to believe that I was in Yosemite this time last year, 'hunting' bears.

Tuolomne Meadows, Yosemite, Sept 6, 2010
Autumn in England means a thick fat cloud cover, a drop in temperature, and incessant rain - usually at an angle of about 40 degrees, and boy, did it deliver it today. The wind was so strong as to make me feel slightly nervous in the carcastle and I can't imagine how mere mortals in their hatchbacks must have felt, battling to stay on the road. When I studied Homoeopathy I remember learning how wind can affect someone's constitution - you either hate it, feeling rattled, shaken or uneasy, or enjoy it, feeling that it brings change, spontaneity and excitement. I love it - rainy, grey days like today are much more exciting when the wind is pumping.

That said, it was too miserable today to even bother trying to take a photo earlier, and by seven o'clock this was positively bright and cheerful: 

Hamble, Sept 6, 2011
Just before you think that this is a waste of your time, reading about the weather, I promise that it's not! 

It's probably just my crappy photo that's not very exciting. Onto the real stuff I want to share: I was working on some presentation stuff today when I came across Camille Seaman's photos of storms on the Duarte* blog:

Aren't they incredible? 
She says she tries to capture the creation behind the storm, the spiritual aspect, not just the destruction such weather causes.

And that led me to Camille's talk about icebergs at TED.com, which I've included below...

The stills are drop dead gorgeous - and Camille's  speech, (bless, she's a bit nervous), contains such beautiful language that I watched it three times! She speaks of her wonder that these magnificent, sometimes ancient natural monuments 'are [but] one snowflake on top of another snowflake, year after year.' 

'They have a distinct way of interacting with their environment and their experiences. Some refuse to give up and hold on to the bitter end, while others can’t take it anymore and crumble in a fit of dramatic passion.' That kind of resonated with me, having landed up with a chest infection that I put down to Friday's shitfit...

Camille says she approaches these photographs as if making portraits of her own ancestors, 'knowing that in these individual moments they exist that way and will never exist that way again.' 

That's pretty powerful stuff, isn't it?

Her speech includes real time footage of an ice-berg rolling over. I didn't know they did that, did you? 
It's *INSANE* - watch here:

Tell me that doesn't make you feel a little bit blown away?

*If you work with presentations, you probably know Nancy Duarte of Slideology fame - it's a bible to me. Even if presentations aren't your thing, her work is worth checking out on sharing ideas and explaining concepts. Clever bird.

images: Duarte; Camille Seaman; marksolock.wordpress.com;turncliff.com


Gillian said...

Wow, thanks for sharing that link - those pictures and that rolling iceberg have put things in perspective!

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