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Life Finds A Way

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 Parkmovie, 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.

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  • Dave DiCelloAugust 24, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Just watched that movie the other night for the first time in a while, so that’s crazy that you mention it! I really like this shot Mark, really cool find for sure, I love the DoF, what a great skyline!ReplyCancel

  • Chris NitzAugust 24, 2011 - 9:35 am

    This is such a moving photo. I am at a loss for words at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Len SaltielAugust 24, 2011 - 10:08 am

    Great angle and the light is really good Mark.ReplyCancel

  • Chris FraileyAugust 24, 2011 - 10:42 am

    What a nice little gem you caught there.ReplyCancel

  • Edith LevyAugust 24, 2011 - 10:51 am

    Wonderful image Mark but you’ve made it more poignant by you’re writings.ReplyCancel

  • Chris JonesAugust 24, 2011 - 11:35 am

    Great shot and powerful caption.ReplyCancel

  • Toad Hollow PhotographyAugust 24, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    Profound and highly emotional post here today, Mark. Your picture is just astounding my friend, I love how you’ve processed it to bring the story you’re trying to share directly to life… if you’ll pardon the expression….ReplyCancel

  • Curt FleenorAugust 24, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    Wonderful image and a thought provoking post Mark!ReplyCancel

  • Jon StolarskiAugust 24, 2011 - 6:26 pm

    Great shot, love the quote!ReplyCancel

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