John & Anne Wiley

2012/07/06

Boundaries

I like how boundaries are affected by air. From above, many impassable boundaries like borders and fences are irrelevant. Other boundaries appear where none show on maps. Some are sharply drawn.

0852 One & Many

0852 One & Many

Seldom do you see straight lines like these, except by the hand of humans. Boundaries can enhance the beauty by pointing out differences in number, kind, color and other variables.

0854 Liquid & Solid

0854 Liquid & Solid

Right in Lompoc it seems salt water is pumped from the ocean several miles away and turned into rock salt by the sun. The boundaries between four ponds produce different colors and textures as each dries in turn. Even boundaries in time are visible.

0856 Then & Now

0856 Then & Now

Millions of years ago when this was sea floor, tiny diatoms died and their porous shells piled up. The diatomaceous earth their shells formed was mined here in the 1960s to improve the efficiency of swimming pool filters. Now a quiet pond nurtures trees and attracts many other forms of life that tread on that ancient seabed. Nearby are boundaries between oak forest and hay field.

0858 Field & Forest

0858 Field & Forest

All around are many similar boundaries, and larger boundaries between river banks. Boundaries between flat and undulating earth.

0855 Valley & Hill

0855 Valley & Hill

Flight expands the horizons, so that aviators more than most are aware of how we live in boundaries between earth and atmosphere.

0860 Land & Air

0860 Land & Air

People create and defend boundaries between themselves in relationships, groups and nations. If everyone occasionally spent some time contemplatively flying low in small planes, might it help to make the space between us more flexible, permeable and peaceful?

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