That was a nice day for a stroll in the woods.
Berkeley is a pretty surreal place; as I process that, I thought my 400th post on Decaseconds might be a great time to really show it. The yellows of the birch tree are so sharp on a foggy fall morning, amid the hard, stained concrete of the past and the high-tech Li Ka Shing Building (one of my first-ever posts) materials. Visual contrast, both literal and metaphorical, align with the conceptual contrast of a place that prides itself on being countercultural while also being the birthplace of many of the technologies and ideas that make our modern culture possible.
A “random weekend shot:” from the strange little corners of UC Berkeley’s campus comes this shot of a basement window at night. The interplay between soft, smooth, diffuse colors from the frosted glass and the rough, inhomogeneous surfaces of concrete is so mysterious.
Though shots of tree branches are a bit cliche, I was really taken by the massive ginko tree on Berkeley’s campus. On a rainy day, when the leaves are turning to a bright yellow and the bark has that perfect texture, the tree looks like a panel from a Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strip.
This shot comes from Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.