Spiral fractal (1) by Marjolein Katsma

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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 (Note the photos Google maps is using here are pretty outdated, since the area is under development.)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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  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberover 4 years ago

    Oh, very nice!! Love the composition and framing, M! And the contrast of the light brown with the darker clay… just wonderful. Excellent find!

  • Thank you Susana! (For the fave, too!) I love these spirals, and they’re actually hard to make (until you’re really practiced, but that takes a long time). More coming up but I need a bit to eat first…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    Really great shot love the detail and really draws the eye into it.

  • Spirals are fun! Thank you, Vee! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful series…love it!

  • The amazing thing is I fund this whole series on a single jetty… I spent quite a bit of time there!
    Thanks for another lovely comment and fave, Gena!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your beautiful image was voted into the TOP10 in the Spiral challenge of the Beach, river and lake treasures group.

  • Yeah! That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for letting me know, Esther!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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