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So as not to have a pictureless day

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As I did last year on this date, I’m following up this morning’s pictureless post about search strings with a post that does have a picture in it. In my archives I found this view from New Year’s Day in 2007, when the sky was clear blue (as opposed to the gray one in Austin that has been parsimoniously letting a few drops of rain fall on us since yesterday). The scene shown here is a pond in a little creek on the Blackland Prairie in far northeast Austin. The trees at the water’s edge are most likely Salix nigra, known as black willow, which appeared not long ago in these pages in the guise of a spiraling leaf.

The lower two-thirds of this image looks to me like it’s been run through one of those Photoshop filters that’s intended to mimic the look of a painting (you’ll probably have to click to enlarge and see that), but this is a straightforward photograph, with the effect entirely due to the light broken up by the wind-driven ripplets on the surface of the water. It’s another case of art imitating life.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

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  1. nice 🙂


    January 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

  2. That is one beautiful scene. The trees reflecting in the blue water makes this an outstanding photograph.
    Thanks for posting this one.


    January 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

  3. Wow! Some of the ripplets spell out your name!



    January 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    • Yeah, you should’ve seen the contortions I had to go through to get the wind and the water to do that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

  4. A very nice photo. Happy New Year!


    January 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

  5. Hi,
    A lovely photo, I love the reflections fantastic.
    Happy New Year. 🙂


    January 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

  6. Hmmm, I see a nice black bass lurking there that I would like to catch!


    January 1, 2013 at 5:21 PM

  7. I love water reflections. Great shot Steve.

    Brian Comeau

    January 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    • Thanks, Brian. I’d forgotten how unusual the surface of the water looked, so I’m glad I pulled this picture out of the archives.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 1, 2013 at 9:04 PM

  8. This is a breathtaking photo. The swath of green adds so much, and complements the dark blue perfectly. After believing as a child that “blue and green don’t go together”, I’ve come to respond to the combination strongly and positively. I suppose it’s yet another example of “arriving where we started” and knowing it for the first time – or at least appreciating it.


    January 2, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    • Well said (with mutual gratitude to T.S. Eliot). I may have mentioned that my exposure to indigenous clothing from Guatemala decades ago confirmed an attitude I think I already resonated to: any colors can look good together—and often the more the merrier.

      In any case, I’m glad I rediscovered this picture from six years ago.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 2, 2013 at 7:48 AM

  9. Lovely way to start a new year. Have a joyous 2013.


    January 2, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    • Thanks, Sally, and the same to you. I wonder what things await us, both in our blogs and in life.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 2, 2013 at 7:49 AM

  10. Gorgeous Steve, thanks


    January 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

  11. I love this photo, Steve, can’t stop looking at it. Eventually, I felt I was looking at trees that had sprouted legs and were off for a walk. Maybe I’ve been watching too many Lord of the Rings movies lately 🙂


    January 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    • Thanks for letting me know that this landscape gets to you, Lynn. I can’t vouch for the trees, but I’ve often enough used my legs to walk around in search of pictures—and I’ve never seen or read Lord of the Rings, so that can’t be a factor in my wanderings.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

  12. Renversants reflets et bien colorés. J’aime.


    January 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

  13. Reflections are perfect !


    January 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

  14. Fantastic! This scene reminds me of a scene I photographed, from more of a distance, also with clear skies and willow trees….also during the year 2007! but it was spring, sometime in early April.


    January 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    • I was surprised to rediscover this picture after six years, but I’m happy that I did. I like it and I see that plenty of other people do, too. I’m glad you got to experience a similar scene for yourself.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

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