I knew this day was on the horizon, and I had been contemplating what type of photo might be appropriate for the occasion. To be honest, I wasn't coming up with any ideas that I was happy with.
And then Eric thought of a photo mosaic. I could create a picture made up of 1000 images from previous blog posts. That sounded like a great way to celebrate, and luckily there's software available to help.
I think you'll be able to tell that the first mosaic is an aerial view of Bodega Head. You can click on the image for a slightly larger version. But because it's so much fun to scroll around and reminisce about all of the individual photos, I've uploaded a full-size version of this mosaic to Flickr. Click here to download a full-size version of the Bodega Head mosaic. When you're on the Flickr page, use the download button in the lower right corner and choose "Original Size."
The Bodega Head mosaic came out well, and included some nice photos, but the original image lacked certain colors, which meant some blog photos were left out. So I chose another image that included warmer tones (oranges and pinks).
The next mosaic is a sunset from Bodega Head. It's a little abstract, but very pretty, don't you think?
And once again, if you want to have fun checking out close-ups of the individual pictures making up the mosaic, you can access the full-size version on Flickr. Click here to download a full-size version of the sunset mosaic.
And I couldn't resist including one more mosaic. Eric suggested a good title for this one — "eyeNaturalist."
When the final rendering was revealed, I wasn't sure what to think at first, with my eye surrounded by lots of figures and text, along with all of the plants and animals and landscapes and seascapes. Then I thought that it was quite appropriate. I'm always looking for interesting things, trying to learn more about them, and thinking about the best ways to share information. This isn't a bad visual representation of that process!
Click here to download a full-size version of the eye mosaic.
And remember, all of the images in these mosaics are from previous blog posts. It turns out that I've used a little over 4,000 images on the blog so far, so there were plenty to choose from!
I listened to an interview with Mary Oliver today. In it, she said, "Attention is the beginning of devotion." I've been trying to pay attention to the natural history of Bodega Head for a little over a decade now. I know learning about it is endless, but after 1000 posts, I think I can say I am devoted to it. ;) So on to 1001!