Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Sand and Mud

A Walk along Myakkahatchee Creek


April 21, 2019

This collection of photographs begins, in a way, where the last post left off: with trees of life. The plants growing on these trees seem a little different from the ones shown in the last post—perhaps because they immediately border the water. Two photographs separate the trees of life from reflections in the creek: one I think of as essence of tiger—a small stream on its way to the creek—and an arrangement of dead leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Iridescence along the River 7


August 6, 2018

When the water level recedes, it leaves traces of the Leptothrix discophora film on the rocks and mud. The close crop shows the iridescence best. Click on it to see the image even bigger. (The paw prints are from a raccoon.)

 


Iridescence along the River 5


August 4, 2018


Iridescence along the River 4


August 3, 2018

The detail crops show more of what drew my eye. The puckering indicates loss of water from the film.

 

 


Iridescence along the River 3


August 2, 2018


Iridescence along the River 2


August 1, 2018


Iridescence along the River 1


July 30, 2018

As promised, here come the photos of the Leptothrix discophora biofilms I saw along the Vermilion River July 14. Those of you new to this blog may find a brief introduction to what you see in this photograph useful. Those wanting to know more may care to explore some links.


Remnants of Winter; Harbingers of Spring 15


April 12, 2018

I saw more crystallized (if that’s what it is) ice along the Vermilion River March 26. My daughter assures me that this is ice that has partially thawed and then refrozen. She lives on a lake and often has observed this kind of ice along the shore.


Sand on Beer Can Beech—6


February 26, 2018


Sand on Beer Can Beach—5


February 25, 2018


Sand on Beer Can Beach—4


February 24, 2018


The Dead Trees of Beer Can Beach—5


February 22, 2018


The Dead Trees of Beer Can Beach—4


February 21, 2018


Sleeping Turtles Preserve North, with Nurse Log


February 7, 2018

Another marshy area of the park sported this little nurse log, which supports a variety of new plant life. The Pacific Northwest is, I hear tell, known for major nurse-log activity. Lynn Wohlers (bluebrightly) photographed what she calls a “nursery stump” in that area recently (scroll down to the fifth photo in her blog post). “Nurse” and “nursery” appear to be interchangeable terms in descriptions of this phenomenon.


The One That Got Away


February 5, 2018

Sometimes starfish are stranded on the beach when high tide turns. The one that made this print seems to have had a happier fate.

Update, later in the day: See Jessica Winder’s comment for another opinion.


Love Letters in the Sand


February 4, 2018

My other name is Mom, so I took this sand message personally. (I have such sweet children.) There must be someone else with that name, though, because those who call me Mom were not in South Lido Park—or anywhere near— when I took this photo. If your name is also Mom, maybe this is meant for you.

Update later in the day: This could also be a message signed by Mom and meant for her children. So now let this also be for all moms’ children everywhere. We love you.


Wave Printing


February 3, 2018

When the tide recedes, it does so in little laps of the waves. The action leaves tiny ridges in the sand. I think the pock marks are from burst bubbles of sea foam.


Leaf Litter, Florida Style


February 2, 2018

When northerners think of palm leaves, they think of them green, and on the tree. They don’t imagine them brown, off the tree, and littering roads and beaches. So I’m happy to bring a little reality to northerners’ romantic notions. Actually, if you’ve looked at this blog a while, you know that I may really like brown palm fronds contorted into interesting shapes on the beach.


Ripples and Prints


February 1, 2018

Raccoon prints add interest to the ripples that formed as the tide receded from the beach at South Lido Park.


Rocks along the Youghiogheny 11


October 27, 2017


August 2017 Shale Shore 4


October 3, 2017


The Dead Trees of Beer Can Beach—3


February 5, 2017


The Dead Trees of Beer Can Beach—1


February 3, 2017


Seafoam and Aftermath


February 2, 2017

Here are some more photographs of the Longboat Key public beach . . .