The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge posed to us by Ann-Christine is ironically appropriate for our current times.  Presenting – CHAOS.  To see Ann-Christine’s take, follow the link.
chaos[ key-os ]
a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.
any confused, disorderly mass:

A walk-off is the chaotic moment in baseball when a baserunner scores after a batter hits the ball safely into play in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run. After the batter who hit in the game-winning run has touched first base, they can simply just “walk-off” the field, since the team has now officially won the game.
But they never simply walk off the field. There has to be the last moments of chaotic joy. Walkoff 2

At Pescadero State Beach on California’s Central Coast a chaotic whirlwind of sandpipers.Sandpiper chaos

The lunar new year’s street fair in San Francisco’s Chinatown welcomes its own celebratory chaos.  Chinatown street fair

Synonymous with chaos is the word melange. Below a blurry dragon at the Chinese New Year Parade presents a brilliant melange of color. Dragon-2

In keeping with our worldwide crisis I briefly considered taking photos of a toilet paper riot but instead of risking life and limb, below is the chaos of a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle.  We’ll put this chaos in order as we stay at home per the suggestion of the experts. 20200314_123103

36 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #88 – CHAOS

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Brilliant post Paulie! Your images illustrate the concept perfectly and I loved the way you closed the post. Very, very well done

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much Tina. Much appreciated.

  2. Oh darn, I miss another TP post! (kidding!!) My favorites are the birds and the dragon. Great post!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Lisa! To be brutally honest the dragon was a mistake. The goal was to get a sharp image but I set the shutter speed too slow. A little bit of editing and enhancing some colors and it turned into something pretty decent. That’s how photography works.
      Good news and bad news; another TP post might be in the offing.

      1. 😁 I’m learning photo editing and it’s fun to see what we can do with photos!

  3. These photos exactly represent different kinds of chaos. Well done!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Audrey. As always I appreciate your visiting and commenting. Stay well.

  4. Leya says:

    Well Paulie – absolutely love your choices. They are in every sense perfect! In fact I just bought a puzzle myself to use these days… When it comes to sports, everything is cancelled over here – I wonder if there is chaos in very “sporty” homes? My husband is an avid watcher of football and handball. Trying to do some wordfeud and – puzzle to get him going again now.
    PS. Glad you did not risk your life trying to capture the toilet paper chaos! DS.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Ann-Christine. Binge watching, reading, writing, puzzles, board games and something rare these days, family conversations are suddenly popular activities. Actually it’s impossible to capture a toilet paper riot. There’s none left to riot over.

      1. Leya says:

        Well – family conversations sounds a wonderful surprise, Paulie!

        1. Paulie says:

          Yes family conversations are something from the past – at least in America.

          1. Leya says:

            Oh, here as well – sorry to say…

      2. Leya says:

        Where did my comment go? I just wanted to say that family conversations sounds a nice surprise!

        1. Paulie says:

          It’s there. At least I saw it. Just responded to it. Sometimes I think that WP has a virus.

          1. Leya says:

            Sometimes I think so too…anyway, I found both comments in your blog – and your answer on mine!

  5. Hello there. That jigsaw puzzle looks very difficult. It will keep you well-occupied in these times of the virus. Take care.

    Neil Scheinin

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Neil and thank you for visiting. I’m thinking that a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle might have been a bit arrogant on my part. We’ll get through it just like we’ll get through the crisis. Thank you again.

  6. I have wondered if the virus has hit China Town since it hit Seattle so hard. That 2000 piece puzzle will keep you busy for sure.

    1. Paulie says:

      Chinatown was one of the first places that was hit hard from a business standpoint. For more than a month, before it was made crystal clear that just going out in general is a bad idea Chinatown was being avoided because of the ridiculous notion that since the virus started in China, then Chinese people must be carrying it. In fact exactly a week ago today I went to Chinatown to do some photography and patronize a couple of the business. My own little show of support. Now of course we’ve been told to just hunker down.

      1. I know you hate to put it all Chinese shoulders, it just goes to show how small our world really is!

  7. Amy says:

    Great selections for Chaos, Paulie. The Dragon image is remarkable.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thanks Amy. I have to be honest about the dragon. I was trying to get a sharp image but I’d set the shutter speed too slow.

  8. Perpetua says:

    Brilliant. There is order in these chaos.

  9. myplaidheart says:

    Perfect photos for the challenge, Paulie. Nice job!

  10. JohnRH says:

    Wow. Excellent theme shots. Love the jigsaw, perfect, and all the others.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you John. My 9 year old granddaughter is the puzzle queen. She’s made the biggest dent in putting that thing together.

  11. pattimoed says:

    Great post, Paulie. Your photos are fantastic and beautifully display many different types of chaos. I think your puzzle idea is perfect. It’s a great way of taming the chaos. Be well!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Patti. Take care and stay safe

  12. Really love the variety of your topics defining Chaos!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Sylvia and thank you so much for visiting.

  13. Jigsaw puzzles are the BEST! We are about to start a new one. And love the image of Chinatown and the parade. 🙂

    1. Paulie says:

      I already miss Chinatown. I have a particular place where I buy duck and a pound or two of BBQ pork and I can’t wait till I can go back.

      1. I bet you do! It’ll be a feast for the senses when you reunite :-).

  14. eden baylee says:

    Hi Paul,

    I’m reading this one year and one week after you posted.

    So strange to think of all the chaos that has happened since then—enough to fit into one decade, let alone one year.

    I bought a few puzzles for my mom. Her favourites are the Charles Wysocki ones — scenes of American life with so many vibrant colours.

    Great photos 🥰 and Happy Spring,


    1. Paulie says:

      Good morning Eden,
      We really had no idea a year and a week ago. Would it be over by summer or was this the end of life as we knew it. Remember all the theories?
      About a year ago a friend of mine said that there would never be stadiums full of people watching sports – ever. I had to disagree with him. “Ever,” is a very long time.

      1. eden baylee says:

        Agree, ‘ever’ is a long time. I’m joining your team of pragmatic optimists. 😀

Would love to hear from you