bleak point

  bleak point 
  oil on canvas l 36"x72" l November 2009  l  contact artist for price   
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  bleak point 
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Returning to the topic of islands, this work represents a volcanic cone rising directly out of the ocean except for a rocky, cactus-studded peninsula (or, technically, a tombolo) on one side, leading to a white-sand beach.  Unlike the last few "island" posts, the focal point here is not some feature in the interior but the cacti and peninsula, nearly surrounded by water and therefore even more clearly distinct.

Turk's head cacti, Guanica State Forest, Puerto Rico (my photo)

Turk's head cacti, Guanica State Forest, Puerto Rico (my photo)

The volcano was photographed in the Valley of the Volcanoes, Peru (described in a few earlier posts).  The cacti (Melocactus intortus, or Turks Head, common throughout the Caribbean) were shot on the dry southern coast of Puerto Rico, in the Guanica State Forest - the world's largest coastal tropical dry forest.  This area of the park, just a few meters from the rocky coastline, is characterized by low, windswept vegetation, several species of columnar and prickly-pear cacti, and even a small fan palm. 

Darren