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Thursday, 9 March 2006
Thursday Photo Challenge - Nature
Topic: Art
Back River, Friendship
Visiting my favorite blog, OutsideIn, tonight, I learned of the Thursday Photo Challenge, topic - Nature. Vicki, who with her family is going through quite a challenge of another nature, posted a photo that is an homage to her parents' relationship with nature. To me it brought up the question of 'can there really be a line between Nature and non-Nature?' or, 'what really does Nature mean?', or, just what is a Nature photogragh? To take a photo with Nature as the subject we use a camera. A photo of a Nature subject, by its very existence means the presence of a mechanical object (that took the photo). Well you get the picture.

I visited the challenge site and looked up some of the photos. And so decided to participate as well. This was the first photo of a 'Nature' subject that I came across fishing through my photo folders. I think this river is called Back River and it is in Friendship, Maine. I believe the tide was coming in. At lowtide clamdiggers can be seen in the mudflats stooped over their baskets raking up any clams they can find. This past summer was a desparate summer for the clamdiggers (who earn much of their living this way) because many of Maine's clam flats were closed due to Red Tide, a toxic algae that strikes periodically.

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 8:53 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006 11:54 PM EST
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Friday, 10 March 2006 - 12:10 AM EST

Name: Charlotte
Home Page: http://www.boltsofmelody.blogspot.com/

Hi Catinka. Interesting post. I like to think of the garbage trucks picking up trash at two a.m. are, too, nature, and in a way I do think they are. But "man" has intervened on so many, many levels, that it becomes not at all the retreat from civilization that I think of when I think of nature. It's true that the camera is, uh, manned, and thus mediates our relationship between us and a vision of nature with less a degree of civilization than we experience elsewhere in our lives. Yes, it's still a matter of degrees, but we don't have to necessarily draw that line in the proverbial sand. We can know it by how it compares to our other experiences of the world. I love the picture you posted, in part because I can't for the life of me see where those clamdiggers are! And it's the knowing that they're there that makes it so interesting!

Saturday, 11 March 2006 - 2:36 AM EST

Name: Clarity
Home Page: http://Clarity25.blogspot.com

That's a beautiful photo!

Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your feedback on the subject I brought up. That meant a lot, The words you wrote were really comforting and helped me. Thanks for reaching out:)

I started reading through some of your blog, I like your writing and art. I'll be back to see more in the future. Hope you have a good weekend!

Saturday, 11 March 2006 - 3:21 AM EST

Name: Catinka
Home Page: http://catinkacards.com

The clammers are there in spirit only. They left because the tide was coming in - it moves fast once its at the point you see here. This particular clam flat I think escaped last summer's clam flat closures (red tide).

Sunday, 12 March 2006 - 10:13 PM EST

Name: Charlott
Home Page: http://www.boltsofmelody.blogspot.com/

Oh, I see! In spirit is still good enough for me, because they're absense is felt. xo

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