Fractals

I spent Labor Day weekend on Vashon Island.  I was hoping for the chance to spend a little more time with my camera, but the weather didn’t cooperate for long.  Most of the weekend was cloudy, punctuated by occasional downpours.  But I did get a few shots before the weather closed in.

The stretch of beach where we were staying is rather narrow, especially when the tide is in.  The high bank is collapsing in places, so trees that were once vertical are now canted at crazy angles across the beach.  The result is that it even though it looks like there’s plenty of time to walk a ways down the beach and back dry-shod, it’s easy to get caught behind a tree limb doubling as a limbo stick.

Many of the trees are host to these beautiful lichens with their intricate shapes and subtle colors.  It’s too easy to walk right past and not notice them.  The detail in this photo invites further study.

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~ by Shelly F. Cohen on 13 September 2009.

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