January 5, 2020
Two days before I photographed Oberlin in fog, I was happily running around my neighborhood photographing Oberlin in sunshine. In my memory there is not much sunshine in Oberlin winters, and I wanted to seize the day—especially because it had been cold enough for ice to form on the ponds.
1 What photographer can ignore an S-curve? I wonder if the curve here has to do with the varying depth of water in the pond.
2 The black things are almost-holes in the ice. Can someone tell me—or guess—how they form?
5 Are bubbles in the ice caused by decaying vegetation beneath that is releasing methane? Or maybe living plants that are releasing oxygen?
7 Sycamores always stand out, especially against a blue sky.
12 The woods were aglow with leaf lights.
June 16, 2019
Yesterday I followed and unfollowed paths around my immediate neighborhood. I found baby oak leaves overlooking tall grasses; a willow tree behind goldenrod plants and before cattails sprinkled with pseudacris; a path through a wooded area dotted with daisies; very young films of Leptothrix discophora, some in front of a small outcrop of sedge; a duckweed-covered pond rising to meet hanging branches of another oak tree; and more duckweed in a different pond in the rain. I also took another stab at Intentional Camera Movement.
May 1, 2018
April 27, 2018
April 26, 2018
April 7, 2018
Although the temperature in the area never rose above 36 degrees Fahrenheit March 4, the sun was out, dislodging snow and ice from tree branches overhanging the Back Pond.
April 6, 2018
By the time you see this post, spring may have appeared in full in northeast Ohio, but this blog will linger on the transition from winter for a while longer. While the photographs in the previous eight posts were taken in Oberlin (on March 10), the rest of this series features photos taken in Schoepfle Garden. I always make my way down to the Vermilion River by way of the Back Pond. Here’s how the pond looked March 4.
April 4, 2018
Ice had formed on the surface of a pond. A polarizing filter was on the camera lens. The download of photographs was more surprising than usual. I wasn’t thinking of interference colors when I took these photographs, but that’s what was going on. The explanation in the link above is a bit thick, but if you’re keen to know more, there’s more information here and here. (Longtime followers of this blog know that the colors of Leptothrix discophora films—which I photograph ad nauseam—are due to the interference phenomenon and may not be surprised that I raise the topic again.) OK, but here’s a new puzzle for me: Why is the ice forming in shards? Does ice always form that way? Mysteries, mysteries.
April 3, 2018
April 2, 2018
April 1, 2018
March 31, 2018
December 11, 2017
I had a little time November 28 before I had to leave on the first leg of my journey south for (most of) the winter. Walking the three or four minutes over to Rock Pond, I found some cattails hit by early morning light.
October 12, 2017
November 24, 2016
Sunshine and warm weather last Friday made returning to Rock Pond and Wildflower Hill imperative. Good thing I went. Snow and cold hit the next day. But don’t look forward to photographs of snow just yet. I was too chicken to get out in the freezing weather with the camera. Maybe I’ll be braver with the next snowfall. . . . With the following photograph I now have a series on sparking water. See also the posts of May 15 and August 29.
November 18, 2016
November 17, 2016
On October 31 I walked past Rock Pond on my way to Wildflower Hill. The marshmallows were reduced to sticks, but very nice sticks.
August 29, 2016
August 21, 2016
August 11, 2016
Made another foray to Rock Pond and Wildflower Hill early Monday evening. These are Marsh Mallows (Althaea officinalis) growing around the rim of the pond. And, yes, they are related to the marshmallows that you roast over a campfire. To quote Wikipedia: “A confection made from the root since ancient Egyptian time evolved into today’s marshmallow treat.” The second photo is a detail of the first.
July 4, 2016
Last evening I took a two-minute walk to the nearest of several ponds that we share with neighbors at our new place. I could hear the bullfrogs and another frog whose sound we didn’t hear at the pond at our old place—or was that the mallards quacking?
June 20, 2016
As we get ready to leave the house and land we’ve lived in and on for 26 years, I know there are some things I will miss when we go. How good to have these photographs to remind me of sunrises I can see from my kitchen window, sunsets over the pond, and the way light patterns the interior of the house. (Remember that clicking on an image gives you a larger version.)
June 6, 2016
What looks like what might be a double exposure is the reflection of the sky and a sycamore tree overhanging the Back Pond at Schoepfle Garden. Underwater leaves of the past fall add to the mystery.
December 1, 2015