Friday, September 22, 2017

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Glass-clad buildings  have come to typify the post-modern skyline. It's hard to separate the building from the heavens above. Today, nothing is correctly conceived as categorical; everything is a continuum, a spectrum of possibilities. In an age of flows, the clouds seems to just flow through the floors, perhaps collecting data as they go. [2017]

Thursday, September 21, 2017

New York, NewYork, USA

Modernity was defined by industrial production of discreet objects that made our lives better. Out of the factories they poured, eventually to end up as fleas at a market. Post-Modernity is defined by the work that goes on in offices, the output of which lives in 'the cloud' until it is needed. Its yield of collectibles for the second-hand market: none. [2017]

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seal Beach, California, USA

If a retirement community is given the name Leisure World by its developer, a world globe makes perfect sense as the welcoming icon. That's right: The one in Maryland isn't the only Leisure World! But, the one here in Seal Beach has not been set apart as a census designated place (CDP) like its cousin on the east coast. [1988]

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Leisure World, Maryland, USA

If a retirement community is given the name Leisure World by its developer, a world globe makes perfect sense as the welcoming icon. The first residents arrived in 1965, and the population now stands at just under 10,000. Where is the development located? Leisure World is located in Leisure World, a census designated place (CDP) in Maryland. [2017]

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Basalt on Tenerife tells you that volcanic Mt. Teide is a cousin of the Hawaiian volcanoes: It rises from the ocean floor. When basalt cools it often fractures, but the most common results are columnar polygons and spherical boulders. Here, the basalt has fractured into a flower: La Piedra de la Rosa. Very unique. [2017]

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Mt. Teide last erupted in 1909, and everything around the peak is volcanic in origin, including the Roque Cinchado, which has become a symbol of the Canary Islands. It's actually a remnant of an old volcanic surface from which the current cone arose. The national park is one of the most visited in the world, complete with a teleferico to the top. [2017]

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Given its shape, there is no doubt that Mt. Teide, now the focal point of a World Biosphere Reserve, is volcanic (active!) and high enough to rise above the tree line. The white cloud bank frequently obstructs views of the coast from the sunny interior. Do you remember the name of the cold current that chills the coast and precipitates the fog? [2017]