Whirlygig in the Snow

Lately I’ve been especially interested in capturing the sense of movement and stillness in one image.  This is an attempt to do just that, but not very obvious in the small size.  The whirligig has two separate arms, each one moving independently from the other.  Sometimes one moves and the other is still and sometimes both whirl around.  In this case, one was still and the other moving very slowly so it’s slightly blurred.  It took me multiple attempts to capture what I wanted, and this was the best I could get. I’ll continue to work on the technology that will help me capture what I’m looking for.

Question of the day…

How can you be both still and active at the same time?

One thought on “Whirlygig in the Snow

  1. Intuitively, for one or the other arm to move, it needs wind. My guess is that when the arm to windward spins from the wind, it generates turbulence in the direction of the leeward arm, which also is being affected by what’s left of the “original wind”, resulting significantly erratic wind input (strength, direction) for the leeward arm. That input then turns into what appears to be an “independent” flutter pattern — or not! (Sailor’s explanation)

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