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Sunday, March 22, 2015


This is my 1000th post!  It's a little hard to believe.  

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 mosaicI 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!

It took me longer than expected to make these mosaics, so it's pretty late (at least for me).  However, at this significant milestone, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who read this blog and discuss natural history with me.  It's all more meaningful than I can say.

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!


susan starbird said...

You are amazing! Congratulations on your thousandth. Looking forward to a thousand more.

Annaliese Hettinger said...

Congratulations indeed! The blog is an important part of my day - I so enjoy the stories and pictures and have learned so much from your attention to detail, curiosity, and gift for storytelling. Thank you, Jackie!

Alice Chan said...

Congratulations yes!! What fun these mosaics are. Thank you so much for everything you do. Your blog enriches my life.

liz said...

Congratulations and thanks for an awesome Blog.

Molly said...

Congratulations on the thousandth post! The mosaics are a clever touch, and turned out quite impressively. The eye one, in particular, has a very fine poetic quality about it. Thanks immensely for the work you put into this blog: here's to a thousand more posts!

Leth Benz said...

1000 posts ! A big congratulations!

Thank you for offering me 1000 opportunities to revisit Bodega and see other beautiful locations when I canʻt on my own.

Itʻs been a wonderful journey! To many many more!

Thank you, Jackieeeeeeeee :D

Kristin Aquilino said...

Thank you times 1000 and counting!

CJS said...

Way to go, Jackie! That's super rad, and those mosaics are incredible. Here's to 1000+ more!