Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Shale

A Sunny December Day at Schoepfle Garden


December 15, 2019

It was cold, but the sun was shining when I went back to Schoepfle Garden last Sunday morning. My toes felt frozen by the time I turned toward home, but I had had a delightful time poking around the garden. It was fun to photograph ice; I’m usually in warmer climes at this time of the year and don’t see much of it. The color of the river was unusual, clear at the margins, murky green toward the middle, and in some places blue, reflecting sky.

1 Sycamores like to grow right on the edges of the river.

2 Another, older, sycamore: I was taken by how fiercely it clung to the shore.

3 Day-lily leaves die so gracefully—

4 as do some palm fronds (photographed in Florida in February).

The shale shoreline always gets to me. Here is it graced by leaves, mostly oak, and what I think is frozen foam.

6 These water-lily leaves in the Front Pond were surrounded by ice that was freezing in interesting ways.

7 Ice was forming in similar patterns in other parts of the garden. This is water in what I call the Peace Pool.

8 The water flow was so slow that ice even formed on the edges of the river.

9 Water, now frozen, filled a groove in the shale shore at one of my favorite spots.

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Iridescence along the River 9


August 8, 2018

The second photograph is a long view of the area that featured the Leptothrix discophora films July 14.

 


Iridescence along the River 8


August 7, 2018


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.)

 


Remnants of Winter; Harbingers of Spring 16


April 13, 2018


Evidence of Iron Bacteria in October 2016—5


November 15, 2016

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Evidence of Iron Bacteria in October 2016—4


November 14, 2016

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Had to Get Myself Back to the Garden 9


July 26, 2016

As I continued to walk northward along the river last Tuesday, I saw concentric arcs in the water. Coming closer, I could see that they were being made by gas bubbling from under the shale shelf of the shoreline. I’m guessing that this is the shale gas of fracking fame/infamy.

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Had to Get Myself Back to the Garden 8


July 25, 2016

On the other side of the river I found some evidence of sulfur bacteria in the water. It was in about the same place I found traces of sulfur bacteria in October 2014. The second photograph is a detail of the first.

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Had to Get Myself Back to the Garden 7


July 24, 2016

When I didn’t find what I wanted on the Schoepfle Garden side of the river this past Tuesday, I did the only reasonable thing: wade across to the other side. At first it looked as if my luck wouldn’t be noticeably different there.

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