Category Archives: Instrumentality

Cloud Skimming

Boundary layer crossing
Eyes peruse the sky
Reflected solar rays

In the visage of an underlying structure that organizes appearances, there is nothing ordinary about the existence of existence. The window seat in a passage aircraft is a wonderful position to contemplate universal mystification. Understanding is above all a matter of designating comfortable pattern identification.

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Fluid dynamics
Pipe flow properties
Pressure control

Although a myriad of thoughts and feelings pass through the mind, our interpretation choices dictate autonomy. In the creative life, aesthetics can operate as a stream-of-consciousness regulator while alleviating both internal and external pressure. Balance is achieved when the controllable boundary is identified delimitating action parameters.

“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.” – Epictetus

Merchant Vessel

Rosario Strait
Water crossing
Onboard experience

Reasoned emotion plays across the awareness threshold as a function of imagination. During a relatively short ferryboat ride, concentration and rapid exploration maximize the available aesthetic contingency. The unity of the present incorporates a temporal durational cognizance that brackets any immediate perception.

“The effects of many things are clearer in one of the senses than in another, so that all the senses bear an analogy to and illustrate one another.” – Edmund Burke

Austere Adornment

Cactus flower
Serious hygiene
Astringent acerbity

In a hospital bathroom, the accoutrements are particularly indicative of a purifying cleanse for both body and soul.

“There is still another structural moment, indeed the central moment, the reflection itself, the referral of the apprehended form to the cognitive faculties in such a way that a certain harmony can be exhibited.” – John Sallis

Twistee Treat

Ice cream cone
Fiberglass edifice
Bygone days

Novelty architecture often features giant sized objects designed to attract attention, offering cheap thrills and nostalgic appeal even if the associated business venture fails.

“If you’ve ever dreamed of making a smooth move in the real estate game, now may be the time to snatch up your very own soft serve structure.” – Anne D. Bernstein


Vintage chest
Ice cold
Cola dispenser

An aged artifact presents itself at the Seaside Farm Market in Corolla, where you will find the best gifts nature has to offer. Evolving over time, humans establish a relationship with the world through tool use. Ruminants of earlier epochs sometimes persist.

“Our tools are not just neutral intermediaries between humans and the natural world, but are devices that demand new ideas about reality.” – Daniel Rothbart

Vector Trending

Course along
Sense of direction
Developing destination

Being enclosed in a small confined space, I always prefer the window seat as a mental escape valve. Photography helps to meliorate the experience of riding in a cramped airplane.

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Fire Hose

Permanently attached
Merchant vessel

What is real or natural is a matter of conceptual organization, helping to manufacture the world in which we live. When riding on a big boat filled with a belly full of cars, a geometrical abstraction is given as sensual input, offering a new set of answers to the old questions.

“Because as soon as this ferry boat docks, I’m headed to the church to play Bingo, fleece me with the gamblers’ flocks.” – Joni Mitchell


Snagboat interior
In good order
Trim and neat

Now designated a National Historic Landmark, the W. T. Preston was a specialized sternwheeler that operated as a snagboat on Puget Sound tributary rivers. Its mission was to facilitate commercial navigation by removing logjams and dead tree debris.

“Thoughts will change and shift just like the wind and the water when you’re on the boat; thoughts are no different than anything else.” – Jeff Bridges