Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Visit to Point Reyes

We went to Point Reyes, but we didn't see any whales although it is the whales' migration season. We did see elephant seals, and a very shy man with a slight stutter who was was a researcher told us they swim for 7000 miles to get to where they give birth, then they don't eat for a month while the pups are nursing. As soon as the pups are weaned, they head back North. Let me tell you, we were looking at about 400 semi-comatose mammals with just an occasional twitch of a fin are a wobbly head raised to look around. When on the move, it's theorized that they sleep when they dive - think about that.

I've been asked about the scale of the paper figures I shoot- can you see Captain Ahab on the right?


Photo by my sister Judy.

26 comments:

ger said...

Looks like a very refreshing trip... I can see the borderlineness stirring under the Captain´s hat... - they only sleep with half their body I think...

Asja said...

It seems it's been such a beautiful day, I'm kind of envious since we're still covered in snow in Croatia :)

subby said...

Echoing what Asja said, as we're getting yet more snow, here in New England. Great likeness to Mr. Peck and good to see you, as well :)

aleph said...

Cpt. Ahab surpriesed me, he´s really enormous! So, the figures are much bigger than I imagined. Sleep-diving, interesting theory to think about. And the hypothesis? Might be as biological as poetic. Beautiful land(water)scapes, it´s a great place to give birth. Nice to see you there!

ArtSparker said...

Subby - It was funny, I just checked google image for reference for the clothes, and Gregory Peck became inevitable. The weird beard emphasizes the stubborn pout of the lower lip.

ArtSparker said...

Aleph- I am filling the world with my paper babies, bwahahahaha...

Chris David Richards said...

Wooden leg and a spear. Determined looking chap.

subby said...

Susan, that reminds me...Alice will have to get out more in the Spring( can't do too much in this snowy weather, out of doors... )

And I always liked the fact that Peck played Father Mapple in the T.V. remake...!

International Celebration of Women Luncheon said...

There's something very Scottish about this. It reminds me of one of my favorite movies "I Know Where I'm Going".

ArtSparker said...

Luncheon - Point Reyes looks like Scotland. We stayed in a town called Inverness.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Har!

Titus said...

Fear I may have died and gone to heaven. Ahab.
Gregory Peck's eyes, for sure.

Sarah said...

Wow, just reading those facts makes me feel tired. Poor things, no wonder they looked half asleep! It looks like a very beautiful place. Interesting to see the scale of your figures. Do you sometimes draw them then and there as the occasion demands?

The Crow said...

I am fascinated by your art, Susan, and was wondering how you photograph your pieces. They all look as if they fit right into our world. I do understand about perspective (somewhat), but am delighted to see how it's done.

Ahab is looking rather Peckish to me, but it might just be the lighting.

ArtSparker said...

TFE - AArgh maybe, I don't think Ahab had much sense of humor. I am beginning to suspect [eople in the British Isles may not have read what someone, possibly Kurt Vonnegut called the "The flatulent American bible".

Sarah, I have drawn things on site, this one I did a little ahead.

Crow, Ahab is peckish and wants to eat a whale.

Megan said...

I love Point Reyes. After we graduated high school, my best pals and I spent four days camping there. Tales that CANNOT be told!

The contrast between it and Point Lobos are the things that books are made of...

rosedale's 4head said...

i love point reyes...been there only once...the photo is a once in a long time beauty of a you! thanks for allowing us to see you--your awfully, humbly, stingy about this...

ArtSparker said...

r4h - I have to wait until my sister takes my photo, hers are always very flattering...

Celeste Bergin said...

Your Capt Ahab is very Gregory Peck, and I should know since I've been in love with him since 1958. It is fun to see you at work, confirming my suspicions that you have to sit on the ground to get all those great angles. I know your celebrity doppleganger! It's Laura Linney. Do you think so?
http://www.contactmusic.com/pics/m/gypsy_after_party_280308/laura_linney_1804842.jpg

ArtSparker said...

Celeste - There's definitely a resemblance, but she has a pointy chin and my jaw is as square as they come.

Cobalt Violet said...

I love it! Great shot with the cliffs and ocean in the distance. SO great. AND what a great trip!
I would love to go some day! :)

Dominic Rivron said...

7000 miles? Seals are quite easy to see off the UK coast. (We -well, my companions- saw some off Ellan Vannin only the other day). I wonder where ours get to?

Jasmine said...

Great picture, It is spectacular to be so close to marine life and land babies too. I can see why you are smiling so much xJ

AJ "Rohzi" Ellington said...

Behold, the face behind the art.

Beautiful sea, beautiful you.

Cláudia said...

Captain Ahab was a believer - he did believe in Moby Dick.

Belief, monomania or obsession? Where are the lines that separate one from another?

Tomás Serrano said...

It´s good to see a "making of"; great seeing you.