generally speaking, i’m not a fan of flags. however, i like things that flap around in the wind… and have been working on a small series of wind-flappers that have no national, regional or societal connotations but instead are an attempt to, and this is a big word, to glorify nature. here’s the Rainbow flag.
this is probably the most beautiful fish film i’ve ever seen.
no more words are necessary nor could they do it justice… enjoy !
this creature lies in one of my favourite playgrounds, the Aude river near home. the fish that live in it are rather pretty as well.
a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of coloured glass or paper, whose reflections produce changing fin patterns that are visible through an eyehole when the tube is rotated.
• a constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements: the fish moved in a kaleidoscope of colour.
ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Greek kalos ‘beautiful’ + eidos ‘form’
one could (i would) argue that its a little strange, even unnatural to take one of nature’s most interesting components; asymmetry, and render it to a pretty base human concept; symmetric, but sometimes it works out ok as long as it doesn’t happen with any frequency. human concepts and trippy images or not, kudos to the Greeks for having created a beautiful word and for fish being just what they are, breathtaking.
for further and quite interesting thoughts on symmetry click HERE.
two more that didn’t come out as intended but still have a certain i don’t know what…
in a nutshell, that’s what underwater fish portraits are about, specially when the camera’s held at arm’s length and i’m not looking at the screen or viewfinder while playing ‘my third eye is in the palm of my hand’ and gently holding a slippery/slimy creature that would rather not be held all the while trying to keep most of me above the water and not loose anything to the watery gods in the process.
this lovely out of season she-chunk wasn’t in an area known to have trout making it an even lovelier surprise even if she didn’t like posing, but that’s part of fun and joys as well. just as fly fishing itself and about a gazillion other things in life, getting a good portrait is hit or miss. best not to get expectations up too high.
a little sneak preview of an upcoming review of the Stickman Rods T8 Evil Black 9′ 8wt.
first test is to see if it likes taking baths to bubbly music.
here’s a troutstract of the King of the Pond.
tomorrow, the Return.
taken in a small Swedish stream, i actually desaturated the colours while editing this image because the original looked so unreal. stream beds and how their colours interact with water combined with the light from above are just part of the dream…
～ Haruki Murakami, The
Elephant Trout Vanishes
that little swirl at the beginning of this trout’s lateral line made my day.
this image reminds of a comment some bobo left here a while back. among other nonsenses, one of things he liked less was the fact that ‘my mutant fish had sick bulging eyes’.
at the time i was too busy sort-of laughing at all this silliness but in hindsight i should have suggested he go soak his head once in a while, that is, go have a look at how fish look when they’re at home underwater instead of judging their appearance when they’re lifted out of it for the all-important ‘grip & grin’ shot.
quite simply, when they’re in their environment their eyes bulge out and so do their nostrils. i’m waiting for a confirming reply from an ichthyologist friend but i’m fairly sure that the fact that both of these organs retract when exposed to air has to do with lack of water pressure but then it might also have to do that they don’t want to see or smell us. considering how many ugly-stinky anglers i’ve met throughout my life i can’t really blame them…