Friday, August 27, 2021

On Mudflats and Rough Textures


This has been the week of too many appointments, and my brain is fried.

So I'm grateful for my friend Rain's Thursday Art Date,
because her prompt of Rough Textures is fun and easy to respond to.
I've taken photos of textures for many years.

Any surface has a texture, and texture is the way a surface looks and feels.
Some textures are pleasing, and some are definitely not!

Take mudflats, for example.
They have an icky uneven surface that sent me into fits as a toddler.
My mother loved to roll in mudflats when she was young.
She relished the cool touch of mud on a hot summer's day.
She rolled in mudflats an adult too,
and she couldn't believe they freaked her daughter out.

Mudflats on the Edge of the Sand Bar to Bear Island
The Scallywag Run  
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 2, 2019
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I hate mudflats.
What my mother found silky, I found rough and sticky.

When I stepped in the goo, my foot sank into the sucking mud. 
I have too many scary memories of my brother and me
tossing rocks into mudflats and watching them swallowed by mud.

And there are things in the mud:
fragments of rock and shell, bits of slimy seaweed and kelp, and sharp clams.
I've never seen a clamdigger rolling in the mud.

Clamdigger on the Mudflats
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 3, 2015
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I'm working on drawing a cottonwood tree, but it's taking me a long time.
It's that damn bark!  Rough-textured for sure!
I'll share the finished drawing at a later date. 

Here are some rough-textured pictures
that caught my eye as I scanned my photo collection,
beginning with one more pleasing than mudflats.

The Back of Eros Alato Con Mano
Winged Eros with Hand (2013 ~ bronze)
by Igor Mitoraj 
Regio VIII, Ancient Pompeii, Italy
May 20, 2016
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Hadrosaur Jaw (Duck-Billed Dinosaur)
Royal British Columbia Museum
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
September 16, 2015
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Among the Cottonwoods
Parker, Colorado, USA
December 13, 2014
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A Portion of The Royal Lion Hunt
from Nineveh, North Palace
Assyrian 645-635 BC
British Museum 
London United Kingdom
May 31, 2014
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Lobster for Dinner 
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
September 16, 2015
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Sólheimajökull ~ an Outlet Glacier
from Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland's fourth largest glacier
Iceland
June 13, 2014
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Thatched Roof
Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 14, 2014
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Castle Valley Overlook
Near Orangeville, Utah, USA
January 4, 2019
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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The Army Museum with Its Rough-Textured Walls
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 8, 2014
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption 
Siena  Italy
September 20, 2018
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Sea Ice on the Bay  
Hudson's Bay, Ontario, Canada
June 15, 2014
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Plaster Body Cast of Pompeii Victims
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver, Colorado, USA
January 9, 2013
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Lady Bug and Thistles
Along Piney Creek
Aurora, Colorado, USA
June 20, 2020
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Fundy Trapper in Choppy Water
Bay of Fundy
Point Prim (Near Digby), Nova Scotia, Canada
July 29, 2014
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The Flood Tablet ~ 7th Century BC
Eleventh Tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic
(How the gods sent a flood to destroy the world.
Upnapishtim built an ark to house living things,
and after the flood, he sent out birds to look for dry land.)
British Museum
May 31, 2014
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Aspen Trunks
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
September 20, 2014
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Next week I will be posting on Wednesday, September 1,
for the Insecure Writer's Support Group's monthly Get-together. 
Stay happy and safe!




Till next time ~
Fundy Blue



On the Bay of Fundy
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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35 comments:

  1. Cool textures.
    I'm with you. Not rolling in any mudflats. There are also things living in them!

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Have a great weekend, my friend!

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  2. What a marvelous bunch of textured photos, Louise! I recognized the Halifax Citadel right away! I've always enjoyed going there.

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    1. Thanks, Debra! It's good to see you back from your break. The Citadel is a special place. Have a happy weekend with your Rare One!

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  3. I wouldn't roll in mud, either. However, I LOVE textures and those photos are beautiful. When shooting photos, I always see textures first which is why I love shooting in B&W.

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Black and white film is wonderful at capturing texture. When I started taking photos as a girl, I only shot black and white photos. I couldn't support a color habit. Now I have my computer turn a photo black and white if I want one. I loved working in a darkroom and developing black and white film. I learned a whole lot then about composition and line and texture. I miss those times! Have a happy weekend!

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    2. Also, I'd be happy to help Brian Carmody with his book tour.

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  4. Wonderful photo's Louise always a joy to look at.
    Hope all is well with you and hubby,

    Yvonne.

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    1. Happy Friday, Yvonne! Terry and I are doing well. It has been a packed ten days or so for me. Multiple medical tests ~ Ugh ~ But all is well. And two different dentists for me on Wednesday and Thursday ~ But all is well there too. Next eyes ~ It never ends. LOL Have a great weekend, my friend! Hugs to you!

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  5. Fabulous collection of photos, Louise. I can understand not liking mudflats, I hate them, yuck! Have a wonderful weekend, take care, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! I had such fun picking them out. You have a wonderful weekend too! Take care!

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  6. ...a fabulous collection of images, too many to chose a favorite.Take care and enjoy a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Tom! I couldn't pick a favorite either ~ LOL! You have a great weekend too!

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  7. Wonderful textures from your travels. I will pass on the mudflats too!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! Can you tell traveling is what I love to do most ~ LOL! I long to travel abroad again. Take care!

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  8. WOW, you've been to many places and have captured some great photos! You presented some wonderful examples of textures. I had never thought about walking in muddy shoreline with its hidden objects sunken in the sand that can hurt ones feet. I wouldn't like that very much. My feet aren't rough like they were when I was little. I can't wait to see you drawing! Thanks for dropping by my humble little niche, my dear. Have a good weekend and happy doodling!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Cathy! I'm glad that you enjoyed my pictures. My favorite thing to do is travel, and I can't wait to get back to it. Happy creating in September!

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  9. I do love how Noah's ark was a ripped off story

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    1. I thought that was interesting, Adam! There are a lot of flood myths, and I wonder if some of them were connected to the refilling of the Mediterranean Basin. I hope you are well, my friend!

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  10. Can't say I'm one for going into mud either lol who wants to clean that mess off and sink in mud. There are sure many types of textures indeed and great to get shots of them.

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    1. Hey, Pat! I hate mud like you hate ticks ~ LOL. Have a great week, my friend!

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  11. Texture blows me away. I love, love, love your incredible evocative photos and agree. Mud gives me the icks too. My father used to relate a ditty which went along the lines of 'mud, mud, glorious mud, there is nothing quite like it for cooling the blood...' He may have been right but I won't be wallowing in it any time soon.

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    1. Hi, EC! thanks for visiting, and thanks for your kind words about my pictures. Love the ditty! I'm sure my mother would have sung it with gusto. Have a happy week!

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  12. Todos somos un mundo diferente lo que te gusta a ti puede no hacerlo conmigo. Lo genial es ser empatico y respetar a los demás. Te mando un beso y geniales fotografías me dio ganas de la langosta.
    Enamorada de las letras

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    1. ¡Hola, PJ! Gracias por visitar mi blog. Vives en un país que deseaba visitar. Es divertido conocer gente de todo el mundo a través de blogs.

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  13. Hi I'm sorry I'm late. This is a great post. Lots of wonderful texture photos. Have a great day.

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  14. hi, you found a lot of gorgeous and interesting textures. No one the same as an other. Really amazing, isn´t it??

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    1. Thanks, Monica! I really love texture as an element in a photos, so I am always looking for interesting textures. I'm glad you stopped by. Have a happy week!

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  15. I love the mudflats. I can almost feel myself walking on them, squishing soft mud between my toes. Very nice.

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    1. LOL, Jacqui! My mother would cheer you on. Have a great week!

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  16. Hi Louise!!! I remember your post a while back on The Scallywag Run! I'm with you, I don't like to sink in anything, even if it's just an inch! Gives me the willies!! I love all of your photos, very cool that you have a Hadrosaur Jaw photo! Lobster dinner!!! And the glacier is gorgeous. That photo of the Thatched Roof...it actually took me aback, I said out loud "what is THAAAAT????" lol...great photography! The Sea Ice on the Hudson's Bay is wonderful. I can't wait to see your drawing!!! ☺☺

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    1. Thanks, Rain! As you can see, I photograph just about anything! You never know when you're going to need a photo of a thatched roof or a hadrosaur jaw ~ LOL! Have a great week, my friend!

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  17. Thank you for stopping by and your nice comment...

    ...now,I'm here and enjoyed your Post.

    Have a good time.

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  18. Love the photos and textures!! Big Hugs!

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