November 10, 2019
Fall color was past its prime by the time I got out to Schoepfle Garden October 29. Still, some lovely remnants remained. Besides photographing them as is, I played around with intentional camera movement (ICM) again. That I took the fourth photo here is thanks to Steve Schwartzman, who asked in the comments section of the last post, “In any of these, did you zoom your lens while you moved the camera?” I had not, but at Steve’s prompt, I tried it on this trip. Will try it again. What fun.
December 13, 2018
When I went dumpster hunting last month (see the small haul), I stopped by the old bank drive-through that has entertained me so often. I’d never been there in freezing weather, and icy new appearances awaited me. The last three photographs are what I will enter into the FAVA Six-State Photography show early next year, hoping one will be juried in.
November 12, 2017
November 11, 2017
November 10, 2017
Here’s a closer view of the sulfur bacteria in action. See also the post of October 21, 2014, which explains where the sulfur comes from.
November 9, 2017
Another element that associates with bacteria in water the way iron does is sulfur. The evidence in Ohio’s Vermilion River is more rare than the evidence for iron bacteria (shown in yesterday’s post), but it was there last month.
November 8, 2017
I saw some Leptothrix discophora films at Schoepfle Garden last month. Here is one patch, with details of the overall photograph beneath.
November 7, 2017
I tagged this photograph with “lichen,” but I’m not really certain that the white marks on the large rock are lichens. What else could they be? Fossils in the stone?
Later in the Day
Scientist-husband David suggests “mineralized inclusions in the rock. Could be of biological or abiotic origin from what little I can see.”
We now have two more opinions favoring the lichen theory: One is from my husband’s colleague in the Oberlin College Department of Biology, and one is from Art Murphy, who usually knows a fossil when he sees one. (See Art and Fossils.)
November 6, 2017
November 5, 2017
Now that we’ve moved back to Oberlin, I don’t go to Schoepfle Garden as often as I used to when it was a half-hour’s walk from home. I was there twice last month, though. I love to get there early.
December 10, 2016
When I spied this river from the bridge last month, I thought: Perfect, another photograph for my collection of brown photographs. I pulled over just beyond the bridge and walked back to take the photograph. It was only when I looked through the viewfinder that I realized how much blue was in the frame. This is either the East Branch Black River, the East Fork Black River, or the West Fork East Branch Black River. Unless it’s the West Branch Black River. When I wander about taking photographs, I only half know where I am. I knew I was east of the Vermilion River, so it has to be one of these.
December 9, 2016
December 8, 2016
December 7, 2016
December 6, 2016
Sometimes late fall color can surprise you. After yesterday’s fiasco, I’m not going to guess what bush this is. It’s just nice; that’s all.
December 5, 2016
This may be the thorniest osage orange tree I’ve ever seen.
Update later in the day: Botanist husband David says the reason this is the thorniest osage orange tree I’ve even seen is that it is not an osage orange tree but a honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos).
December 4, 2016
This is an osage orange (Maclura pomifera) tree, one of a line of them planted between the old farmer’s field and the road. If you click through to Wikipedia’s entry on this tree, be sure to scroll down to “Uses.”
December 2, 2016
The first stop I made while wandering northern Ohio Sunday was by these woods. I was drawn to several things here: the colors, the light, some specific trees, remnants of a fence, and the goldenrod. The goldenrod seedheads that I photographed on Wildflower Hill a while ago were silver; these were coppery gold.
December 1, 2016
Why would you park your tractor in the woods?
November 26, 2016
November 25, 2016
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 22, 2016
November 21, 2016
The seed heads of goldenrod are almost silver when the light shines through them.