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Cattail leaf turning yellow

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Cattail Leaf Section Turning Yellow 3906

Another common water-loving plant not only in central Texas but over much of the world is the cattail. I photographed this yellowing section near the tip of a cattail leaf when I walked along a bit of the Greater Lake Creek Trail in Round Rock on August 1.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 18 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph. That’s a lot of points for such a simple picture.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 2, 2013 at 6:16 AM

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  1. Simplicity, very good, Steven!


    September 2, 2013 at 6:46 AM

  2. Sometimes the simplest compositions are the best. I like the color, symmetry, and the very fine lines running the length.

    Jim in IA

    September 2, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    • You in Iowa and Bente in Norway had the same reaction almost simultaneously. The geometrical elements of parallel lines and symmetry that you mention are important for me as well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2013 at 8:38 AM

  3. Photographers and wildflower lovers alike – follow the yellow leaf road!


    September 2, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    • In the slanted leaf, together with the top and bottom of the picture frame, I see the letter Z. You’ve added a vowel to get back to Oz.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2013 at 8:42 AM

  4. Lovely: the simplicity. Two minds think–see my post today.


    September 2, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    • Ah, great minds, Sally: you’re the third person this morning to comment here about simplicity. And what a coincidence that your third picture today should show similarly lined blades of grass.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

  5. That’s a great abstract picture. Reminds me of a flag!


    September 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM

  6. Steve……this is just such a great example of simple and peaceful. Good feng shui…..en theos…jim

    Developing A New Image

    September 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    • A fourth vote for simplicity, and an international one—feng shui (Chinese) and en theos (Greek) coming from and to Texas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

  7. This is about as simple as it gets and in a very positive way, Steve. Strong lines, strong color contrast, fine detail and good composition.

    Steve Gingold

    September 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

  8. Simply splendid.


    September 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

  9. A very simple picture, but a pure abstract too. I love it, Steve


    September 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    • I’m always glad to encounter another lover of abstraction, Andy. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

  10. […] Damselflies often hang out around bodies of water. That was true of the one you saw last time, and you could even say it was true of this pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, that I found nearby at the edge of a pond on the Mueller prairie restoration on August 30. The yellow-orange in the background was from a pickerelweed leaf that had become discolored; in fact I’ve noticed that the leaves of several plants that live at the water’s edge have a tendency to turn warm colors, as you can see from photographs in which I’ve shown a yellowing leaf of a bulrush and a cattail. […]

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