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Sublime Saturday: “Flowing Rock”

Little bit o’ volcanic beauty for your Saturday, my darlings. I’ve been spelunking the intertoobz for suitable illustrations for a coming post, and stumbled across Paul Bica on Flickr. I think you’ll like him. He’s got your hawt rawks right here.

“Flowing rock.” Kilauea volcano. Image courtesy Paul Bica.

There are few things more amazing in this world than seeing the interior of the earth spill out, rock flowing like thick red water. This is an island growing, right here in front of us, as the interior of the Earth spills into the sea. Make sure you go view the whole scene – incredible.

The is the Earth as art – new land from an old Earth. And sometimes it doesn’t even look like it’s from this world.

I’ve heard that when photography was first invented, some sneering snobs said it couldn’t ever qualify as art. They lacked imagination and vision, and moreover, had never considered what might happen if you take an element of a scene and make it the whole of the frame. I think if we plucked those naysayers out of their time and plunked them down in a gallery full of photos now, they’d have to admit that yes, ’tis art. The camera sees the world in ways that weren’t possible before.

Here we have more vehicles becoming part of the geologic record – I know you like that sort o’ thing.

There. It’s not Parícutin, but it’s something, right?

Comments

  1. slowdjinn says

    Awesome….literally.

    I’ve heard that when photography was first invented, some sneering snobs said it couldn’t ever qualify as art.

    Heh – I had that argument with two friends (both of them art history PhDs) at a dinner party a few years ago.
    Since neither of them could provide a definition of art that excluded photography, I declared myself the winner 8-)