Archive for June, 2010

Day 4: Leona Gorge

I’ve been a bit behind on my posts because I’ve been having to fix the technical difficulties on the students’ blogs.  Therefore, I am going to skip my photographs from the Fort Funston trip (for now) and go straight to our Leona Gorge trip.

A Taste of the Bubbley

A Taste of the Bubbley: The shade in the gorge allowed me to use a slow shutter speed, which led to the great time-lapse effect in this photo.  The strange patterns in the water are how the motion of a tiny waterfall were captured by my camera.  The big bubble is actually a conglomeration of many bubbles that were forming and popping while the shutter was open.

Lizard King

Lizard King: This little guy allowed me to go right up to him and capture a nice shot.  His pose across the edge of a rock gives a nice contrast between the light rock face and its dark side.  The lizard itself has lots of great repeating patterns across its back.  Click on it for a closer look.

Jagged Little Leaf

Jagged Little Leaf: This is a really interesting plant whose leaves unfold into a fern-like shape with jagged edges.  I like how the photo shows many different stages of thus unfolding.  I also love the complex layout of many copies of a simple pattern.

Snail Jail

Snail Jail: Okay, so it doesn’t really look like a prison, but I wanted to keep the rhyming theme going.  I love the lighting here and how the fractal pattern of the trees bark contrasts with the pattern on the snail’s shell.  I found this little guy in the Horticulture Building at Merritt College at the end of our hike.


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Day 1: Lake Merritt

When we began this field trip, I was worried that I would be taking pictures of the same things as last year.  However, I was surprised and delighted to find many new patterns that I hadn’t discovered before!

Burton's Bride

Burton’s Bride: At first I was going to delete this photo of a bird (I’m not sure what type, but I’m sure Mr. Miller will fill me in) in Lake Merritt.  However, Ashley pointed out what a great optical illusion that this image is!  After she noted that it looks like a Tim Burton-esque bride with long white hair, I couldn’t see the bird in the picture anymore.  How about you?

Fractal Stalk

Fractal Stalk: This stalk shooting out from the top of a succulent in the Botanical Gardens is an excellent representation of a self-similar fractal.  Each of the branches appears to be the same as the whole thing!  I think that the angle I took the photo at really shows off this structure.


Simplicity: I picked this photo to share because I think it shows that a very simple pattern can also be very beautiful.  Each of the stems are almost identical and ALMOST symmetrical.  Notice, however, that the leaves are slightly offset form each other on either side of the stem.  The blue background and splash of sunlight really bring out the beauty in this pattern.

Fractal Fronds

Infinite Fronds: I took this photo by standing under a “Blue Palm” and taking a picture of the fronds backlit by the sun.  Palm fronds have a really great radial pattern, and the arrangement of the fronds and their shadows in this image make me imagine fronds going into infinity (and perhaps beyond).

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It’s a new year and a new post-session!  I’m looking forward to revisiting many of the places I photographed last year to find new patterns and new perspectives with a new group of students!  Stay tuned…

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