Recently I borrowed a copy of “The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes,” from my local library. The theme of the book reminded me of my college art history classes and stories about the influence of Zen philosophy on the photography of Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White and especially the abstract focus of Aaron Siskind. Applying the techniques described, I found myself becoming more aware of my reaction to splashes of color during my daily travels. Within the limited space of this recently-vandalized sign at the east end of town, literally splashed with paint, I found the composition above. It proved to be a good exercise in getting my eye and mind to work better together, finding art in unexpected places without having to travel a great distance to a picturesque location.