Hi everyone and welcome to today’s post. To a physicist or a musician, the concept of String Theory, will probably have different meanings. To a physicist String Theory is a research framework that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. To a musician it is the music and theory of all instruments with strings. For me the complexity of these ideas is staggering. Quantum mechanics is pretty heady stuff in its own right and one need only listen to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to realize the beautiful complexity of his music. I would argue that in physics there is music and in music there is physics. In this image which I have lovingly named “String Theory” the concepts of physics and music have merged. Gravity, of course, plays a large role here, as does time, and perhaps the science of fluid dynamics. And I think we could throw in a little Chaos Theory for good measure. But there are also sound waves in physics and in music. A waterfall is all of these things and more. To watch the movements of the water, to trace the lines of the flows, is to witness the concepts of gravity and time. The music comes from the joyful sounds of water striking rock and splashing in the pools below. This is the complete orchestra. Standing quietly though, if you listen, you can hear the individual notes and melodies that make up the orchestra; Water upon rock; water upon water; the reverberation of notes that bounce within the stone walls; and then, more subtle, the dampened notes of water dripping on the green moss. If you stand long enough you can hear the notes trickle away, carried downstream to play again for anyone who will listen.
This is Elakala Falls No. 1. It receives that distinguished moniker since it is the first waterfall in a series of four fall along Shay’s Run in Blackwater River State Park, WV. I shot this image about two weeks ago with my WV shooting pal Mark Muse. The conditions were less than ideal and we were pelted all day by rain and generally unpleasant conditions. But despite the rain the concert was not cancelled. The river played on and the rain joined in for an improvisational set. During the intermissions we photographed, happy to be part of the show. Well, to be honest, only sometimes were we happy. We did not enjoy covering our cameras with plastic bags, or defogging our polarizing filters, or being soaked to the bone. But those things were just part of the process and if we slowed down, and allowed ourselves to listen, we could hear the music. Stop and listen. A simple concept that is hard to practice in a world hell bent to speed up. Places such as this are important to our well being, our heath, and our soul. Unplugging from the stream of bits and bytes and plugging in to the earths natural rhythms is calming and invigorating. Take some time to listen to the music. It is out there waiting for you.
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