Why? Because, as I have pointed out to you many, many times, I am a woman easily amused.

On Jones Island, the discovery of giant piles of SOMETHING, swathed in acres of heavy plastic. I was loving the plastic, all shiny with interesting folds and wrinkles and the weights placed properly over it all. 


And wet. Remember wet, because it was raining. I’m not sure why, but the rain seemed to provide a compelling reason for me to get out of the car to shoot.


I assume that there are many among you who regularly drive for two hours in order to hang around in industrial areas and take two dozen pictures of plastic-dressed mystery piles whilst standing in the rain.




And what were those mountains of heavy plastic tarp hiding? This was a great cosmic puzzle until we drove down a road BEHIND the mystery piles.


 This salt pile, a mountain of lovely blues, yellows and whites, reminded me of the paintings of Lawren Harris, a member of Canada’s Group of Seven. I can remember visiting the McMichael Center north of Toronto years ago, eager to finally see Harris’s “Pic Island” in person. I knew it was big, but I hadn’t realized that it filled one wall. When I walked into the room where it hung, my eyes did a cartoon pop and “boing!” and I ended up just sitting on a bench in front of the painting, unable to leave the room for a long while. For a look at some of Harris’s work, follow the link below.


  1. Jane Lurie says:

    Your eye continues to amaze me, Patricia. You see things that many would pass by and seeing the work of Lawren Harris in it (I had to look it up) is brilliant. I love the wet plastic- the angles, textures, and light. Great post.

    • I feel as though we are passing notes in class, Jane–I was on YOUR site ready to comment when your comment popped up here. 🙂

      Thank you, thank you for your kind thoughts. I subscribe to Annie Dillard’s philosophy: “You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.” She does it with her writing. I think we do it with our cameras.

  2. sedge808 says:

    ‘the discovery of giant piles of SOMETHING,’

    very me.

    fab shots. ‘warped in plastic’.

  3. jlheuer says:

    Sure, we drive out looking for mountains of wet, black plastic three times a week….not. But I’m glad you do.Very interesting, Grasshopper.

  4. It was the arrangement of all those carefully spaced, uniform weight bags that called out to me. Perfect order from potential chaos.

  5. Lignum Draco says:

    Nice selections. It’s all in the details.

  6. Vincenza says:

    Great texture there. I would have stopped too.

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