July 29, 2018
Two weeks ago I made my way to the Vermilion River, something I do less often than I used to now that we are living back in town. The river still charms me, I’m happy to say, and I was in special good luck July 14 because the river’s water level was low and its banks embellished with iridescent patches of Leptothrix discophora. When the water is low, I get to wade across to the other side, where I usually can find more colonies of my favorite bacterium (photos to come). The wade itself is a treat, though, and I love seeing the ripples filled with sunshine at my feet.
June 24, 2018
Maybe it’s not as bad as a parking lot, but I don’t like what the Metropark people did to “my” Back Pond at Schoepfle Garden. For many years I have taken photographs of this small pond (see here, and keep scrolling), relishing the natural ripples on its surface that the wind makes as well as stiller moments. But recently the managers decided the pond needed aeration. (Why?) So they installed an aerator. Now the pond has artificial ripples—always the same and all the time. To make matters worse, it also installed a four-foot-high cast-iron statue of an eagle.
As much as I dislike the aerator, I photographed the artificial ripples a few months ago, and have to admit that they have their own kind of beauty.
February 1, 2018
Raccoon prints add interest to the ripples that formed as the tide receded from the beach at South Lido Park.
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.
March 25, 2015
November 13, 2014
Reaching back to photographs I took in 2010, I found several possibly interesting ones. This is from October 9, 2010. I cheated with it. My daughter was with me that day, and when I bewailed the smooth surface of the pond, she threw a stick in it. I never do that, but when she did, I couldn’t resist taking the photo.
November 12, 2014
November 11, 2014
November 10, 2014
November 9, 2014
Besides the one I posted yesterday, several other of the photographs I took November 6, 2011, may be worth sharing. Here’s one; more to come.
November 8, 2014
The last three posts showed all the sharable photographs I took at the Back Pond the last time I was there, October 26. But I feel like sticking with the Back Pond a while longer. So here’s a photograph I took of the Back Pond in 2011 on November 6.
November 7, 2014
November 6, 2014
November 5, 2014
July 15, 2014
July 4, 2014
July 3, 2014
July 2, 2014
On May 11 Janet and I took our last photo outing together until November. We just had to go to Cortez one more time. This is from the place I’ve been calling a lagoon, but maybe it’s part of a bayou. It is not separated by a sandbank—I don’t think.
June 23, 2014
Same stream, same park as seen in yesterday’s photograph.
June 22, 2014
This tannic stream runs through Jelks Preserve, in Sarasota County, Florida.
April 6, 2014
Here are four crops of the same photograph.
April 5, 2014
April 4, 2014
If you’ve been looking at my photographs for very long, you know that I have a hard time passing up reflections of vegetation in water. Here’s the first in a series of reflections in Myakkahatchee Creek, taken January 5 at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
March 30, 2014
This past December 20 was a real bust for photographing. Unlike during other trips we’ve made there, neither Janet nor I was inspired by what we saw at the Myakka River State Park this time. I took few shots and only one is worth talking about at all. Here it is, three ways—full width, a tighter crop, and a much tighter crop. The much tighter crop is my favorite because it looks like the way I sometimes doodle. If you haven’t already discovered this for yourself: you can stop the slide show from automatically advancing by clicking on the image (or hovering your cursor over it) and then clicking on the middle circle that appears on the image. When you want to advance the slide show manually, click the circle with the arrow in it. And here’s a tip for photographers: if you want to stop moving water so that it doesn’t look blurry and so you can see the ripples, you need to shoot at least as fast as 1/80 of a second.