Diptych of a weathered skateboard spray-painted with pink spots on it combined together with cherry trees in full blossom just off Broadway.

Dots & Spots

Every so often I get in the mood to play with words, and try and define them in my head.

Dots.

There’s the word dot, which rhymes with spot, and looks a lot like a spot, only perhaps dots are more evenly-shaped and distributed than spots?

First off, polka dots, which are certainly very even.

Polka dot modern sculpture from Bilbao, Spain, overlaid in Photoshop
Two images overlaid in Photoshop. One is of a polka dot sculpture from Bilbao, Spain, and the other is of me dancing on dots (spots?) of light, each one creating a different sound and the dance resulting in a song of sorts.

dotted shadows of industrial stairs made of perforated steel, run through through the photo app Stackables & more…

dotted shadow texture of industrial stairs made of perforated steel, run through through the photo app Stackables plus

The grounds were ‘dotted’ with tiny daisies.

Spot.

Compared to dots I feel that spots are more irregularly shaped and come in random patterns.

Sandy's Abandoned Orchid Overlaid with My Burgundy-Spotted Moth Orchid

Doing a search for ‘spot’ turns up a variety of orchids, and here they are after I’ve played around with them.

Spotted orchids run through the photo app Waterlogue

Illustration of a favourite fish dish: Redspot / Rödspätta (Plaice in English).
Illustration of a favourite fish dish: Redspot / Rödspätta (Plaice in English)

Spots of light on Larch tree branches in April.

Diptych of a weathered skateboard spray-painted with pink spots on it combined together with cherry trees in full blossom just off Broadway. If I were to paint this I would be spending time adding all sorts of spots, big ones for the skateboard and little tiny ones for the blossoms on the tree.

Splotches.

I thought I’d add ‘splotch’ to this post as I seem to be calling larger, more irregular spots ‘splotches’.

abstract diptych combining the dotted shadow of a perforated steel stairway with trees whose bark is splotched with white lichen
Abstract diptych combining the dotted shadow of a perforated steel stairway with trees whose bark is splotched with white lichen.
Abstract diptych of unique colours of a peeling Paper Maple tree together with cracked paint on a weathered wall
Tiny spots, speckles really, on the peeling bark of the Paper Maple tree combined with splotches and peeling paint on a forgotten wall.

More of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Dots and Spots.

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