This is obviously the companion piece to yesterday’s image, but while that photo made me reflect on the origins of the pilings, this one has me reflecting on a powerful concept – life finds a way. I expect most of us picture Jeff Goldblum saying that in the Jurassic Park movie, but this takes me back to when I first read the book. It was something of an eye-opener for me. I had actually read a book about chaos theory before I read Jurassic Park (“Chaos: Making a New Science“, by James Gleick), but Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park — although science fiction — was better able to draw out the implications of chaos theory in a real world context.
Dr. Malcom’s phrase “Life finds a way,” is the sort of idea — simple but powerful — that makes you put the book aside, stop reading, and think for a while. I remember this distinctly, and I happened to be living (and reading that book) in a building you can see from here on the Brooklyn waterfront. Because of the bokeh it is rather dark and indistinct, so I won’t try to point it out, but it’s there just the same. Seeing this plant growing and inexplicably thriving on these old pilings across the river brought it all back.