Spiral fractal (1)

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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abstract, harbour, line, white, cable, black, spiral, fractal, brown, harbor, amsterdam, clay, mooring, netherlands, houthaven, wood harbor


Saturday before last I made an exploratory photo walk in and around the Houthaven (Wood harbor) in Amsterdam and had a lot of fun. (Note the photos Google maps is using here are pretty outdated, since the area is under development.)

I’m always fascinated by the variety of things used to fasten a boat or ship to something stable like a wharf, a jetty or the sea bottom – not just the iron or wooden shapes to fasten them to but also the lines, anchor lines, and anchor chains. Whatever the materials, fastening something unstable to something stable dictates utmost flexibility.

Continuing with my theme of cables stowed in a spiral pattern… spiral close-ups.

What attracts me especially here is that there are spirals on several levels; from single strands to cable structure to the spiral it’s rolled up in. There’s a fractal aspect to these structures!

The one next to this had moss or lichen growing on it, but this one just has an encrustration of cracked clay adding a bit of color to an otherwise back-and-white pattern.
Update: Thanks to Founder-Riddle I have now found out that it takes about five years to get to this state. ;)

Taken in Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010-06-26
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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