Friday, September 17, 2010

Photosynths: Submarine Rock

There was a brief clearing in the storm. The photosynths are at the end.
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/17/10
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/17/10
What I love about this lens of cobble gravel is what I love about geology. Here at the edge of the sea, recently loosened from the basal portion of an older stable sea level, these cobbles tumble out onto the bedrock. Are they fluvial cobbles? How many times have they been rolled and tumbled? For surely, there are some falling into the sea, making their way to the beach 10 meters below, and 30 meters away. In some future scenario, these same cobbles will be buried, exhumed, and poised again at the edge. The cycle for the rocks continues, unconcerned, until they are broken down into bits of sand, or no one is around who wonders any more. These marine terraces are on the order of tens of thousands of years old, while the rounded gravels consists of stones from wildly different geologic histories, many perhaps hundreds of millions of years since they were formed from other even older bits of earth's crust, itself made of interstellar particles collected on this pretty blue world. I photographed this same spot the first time I visited otter point on February 9th:
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©2/9/10
and on February 21st:
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©2/21/10
and again on April 25th:
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©4/25/10
and I am still filled with curiosity for the unknowable stories from this infinitesimally small piece of Earth.
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/17/10
Landscape alternate.
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/17/10
Three photo mosaic as I walked back to the car.
Otter Point, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/17/10


With rain all day, I messed around with photosynths more, a continuation of my experiments from 9/14. These really should all composite into one. But they don't.

From the north bank Jetty:
Submarine Rock photosynth, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/15/10
From two vantage points further north:
Submarine Rock photosynth, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/15/10
From two more vantage points, slightly further north:
Submarine Rock photosynth, Curry County Oregon, Andrew D. Barron ©9/15/10
[(-124.42871, 42.44729) and (-124.43354, 42.4426)]

From the air, the sea stacks take on a very different shape.
Submarine Rock, Curry County Oregon
Here's a map layout of the five vantage points. It really should have worked.
Submarine Rock, Curry County Oregon

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