The Chilean coast. The water is deep and cold. Urchins and Abalones scour the rocks and the forest of Kelp beyond.
The wind and sun impart to the plants an economy of form. The plants respond by clothing themselves in a mantle of flowers to capture the attention of pollinators.
This landscape is imposing, out of scale with people and the ones that live here know the tsunami will come one day and wash it clean of them. The plate bounadry just offshore reminds them as it did on 12/18/08 with a 6.3 earthquake.
The landscape artist, surrounded by the picture, struggles to frame a part at a time. An online gallery of images of the Chilean coastline, optimized for 1024×768, is here.