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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Fifty Eight: Man and nature -- expressing our relationship with the environment > Mining Machinery, Jackson, California, 2008
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Mining Machinery, Jackson, California, 2008
19-MAY-2008

Mining Machinery, Jackson, California, 2008

I moved close to the rusting gear of a 150-year-old mining machine in order to stress the effects of rainwater flowing between the teeth of the gear. Years of streaming moisture have created ideal conditions for nature to thrive upon the abandoned work of man. The green lichen clings to the rusty gear with great precision, and even imitates the pyramidal shapes of the gearís teeth. The machine, like the men who once built it and used it, is long dead. Yet nature still flourishes within it.

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Phil Douglis27-May-2008 05:48
They are like little yellow houses, Carol. They echo the big rusty gear teeth perfectly.
Carol E Sandgren27-May-2008 05:09
Like a row of little yellow houses. I like the repetitive pattern the gears and lichens make.
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