Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fishing in Paradise (If You're A Fish): A Sunshine State of Mind

Florida would have a tough time today coming up with the name Sunshine State as rain continues to fall pretty regularly. After yesterday's great fun visiting with and sharing with you the story of Mr. Stan Good and his not-to-be-believed clocks and fan museum, I find the quiet and solidarity of this fishing pier shrouded in gray and drizzling sky a welcome respite. Even though fish certainly do come up to the surface for the anglers as rain falls, and they are of course just as interested in the fresh bait shrimp as they are when it's clear and 90 degrees, the fishermen aren't quite as comfortable in the water as are the creatures with fins and gills. (Although it might be worth our while to check out those gills as a possibility for the near future if the blue sky doesn't return soon.) As for me, I've never posted a black and white photo before but this day seemed to call for it. The many shades of gray, the white whites and black blacks perfectly define our mood sometimes. Right? And, the pier takes on another personality altogether. (Black and white does have its creative purposes.) Plus, some subjects just beg to be captured and defined devoid of color. The only question I'm left with is, Are the fish we can't see still in their vast array of colors?

6 comments:

Jacob said...

That last question is a variation on whether a tree falling in a forest makes a sound if no one's around to hear it, right?

Or something like that.

I like the B&W very much...and yes, it fits the mood perfectly.

I like the composition, too.

nobu said...

Wonderful compossition!!

B Squared said...

I'm listening to the rumbles of the approaching storm as I'm reading. Out my window are many shades of grey but I'm watching in color. So your photo is perfect.

Lois said...

That is a lovely picture Frank. It's actually been quite nice here today! The sun is shining and it's not too hot.

Babooshka said...

Rain. each, harbour always suits a monochrome. Just adds to the moody atmosphere.

magicpolaroid said...

that beautiful photo and Pier!!