Turtle Cove, Bronx, NY

My first series will be of the
tidal ponds at Turtle Cove.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Turtle Cove -February 2, 2014 - Psychopomps

We are leaving for North Carolina and stop briefly at the south end of the main pond to take photos. It is overcast and foggy, the tide is running out through the culvert. The pond is completely iced over and bears a thick blanket of snow.
Again, it did not take me long to get what I wanted. The dropping tide is leaving a broken ice shelf sweeping along the curve of the shoeline. The overcast and fog leach color from the scene, making it dramatically different from the 2 prior weeks. The subtleties of color make it beautiful and a challenge to paint at the same time.
For visual balance an interest, I added 3 black crows to the scene. crows are just one of the animals that are mythologized as psychopomps. Psychopomps are angels/deities/spirits that escort the soul to the next world at death. As all things inherently include their opposite, they also are thought to escort souls into this world at birth. Jung defined the psychopomp as the connection between the conscious and the unconscious.

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