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In our house in Cape Cod, I have a view of the water where I can see the sun cross the sky until it sinks and sets almost directly in front of me. Each day has a distinct light, mood and color. The sky and sea range from red-orange-yellow palettes, through blue, green, brown, and black. There is an inner tranquility in watching the light move across the water, seeing only sea and sky separated by a horizon line. The instant time captured by the shutter gives way to the longer cycles reflected in the rhythm of the tides. The large scale of the images increases the sense of open space, and the sky and sea become fields of color.

The horizon is our basic orientation in this world; it tells us what is up and what is down. Changes in the horizon affect our perceptions. Our basic orientation is feet on the ground and head toward the sky. When there is a high horizon and only earth, we know that we are focused on the land & earthbound. There is a feeling of firmness & solidity. When there is a low horizon and mostly sky, we are pointed up into the air, and experience a feeling of lightness, weightlessness, and ascendancy.


These enduring  landscapes are my respite from the daily violence and turmoil that have infected our everyday lives.