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Tumbleweed: Andy Goldsworthy tribute
November 25, 2009, 4:17 am
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I might be crazy, but there is something very attractive about a tumbleweed. They first grabbed my attention when I saw a tractor clearing a dirt field near our house. I’m not sure what the goal was, as the only thing in the dirt field were some tumbleweeds. It appeared as though the tractor was practicing with giant balls of string.

I quickly forgot about the nearly perfect spherical shape of the tumbleweed, but as I biked to work a couple days later, there was the most perfect specimen right next to the road. I had to take a picture of it.

The image I was imaging was a studio shot, with a dark background, something that really emphasized the tumbleweed. Where it was next the road wouldn’t work, but dealing with a six foot diameter weed isn’t easy. Nicole and I carried it home and the best option I could come up with was to shoot it in the backyard in the dark.

The lighting turned out a little weird, but okay for the first attempt. As I walked around it, trying to find the best angle, I was reminded of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist known for really beautiful sculpture constructed of natural materials.

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hooray for tumbleweeds! I like the ghostly effect of this photo!

Comment by bluebicicletta

Beautiful! Love the black and white photo especially.

Comment by Kerri

A recent BIG north wind in Sacramento caused a field of tumbleweeds to uproot and block W El Cammino. They piled up along the wall to the point of tumbling into many back yards including Thais & Lenin’s – a different kind of weirdness for them. Mike, too bad you didn’t have a wind to help you.

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