Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Reflections in Bull Creek

with 34 comments

Bald Cypress and Other Trees Reflected in Bull Creek 4661

Click for better detail.

On December 3, 2013, I wandered along Bull Creek and was intrigued by the trees reflected in it. The orange that you see at the left came from a bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, whose needle-like leaves were changing color. Most of the trunks visible here belonged to sycamores, Platanus occidentalis, which, like the bald cypresses, are happy when they’re near a creek or pond.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 24, 2014 at 6:01 AM

34 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. It looks like an oil or watercolour, fantastic!


    January 24, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    • You can see how painters over the centuries have been inspired by reflections in water. This is a straightforward, unmanipulated photograph, even if computer programs allow people to create such effects artificially.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      • Wow, it’s fantastic, I’ll have to go the local park and take some photos and then post on another blog.


        January 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

  2. Nature’s painting…


    January 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    • It occurs to me that the word picture comes from the same Latin root that has given us painting, and nature means etymologically something like ‘the way things are born.’

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 24, 2014 at 8:27 AM

  3. Monet came to my mind right away. Beautiful!!!


    January 24, 2014 at 8:20 AM

  4. I agree with Agnes, my first thought was, ‘Hello, this looks just like a Monet! A beautiful photograph 😀

    Lottie Nevin

    January 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM

  5. Bald cypress grow as far as southern IL and IN. Your tidbit for the day.

    Jim in IA

    January 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    • Another tidbit: many of the largest bald cypresses in central Texas were cut down for their wood by German and Anglo settlers in the 1800s. As a result, we unfortunately don’t often see very large bald cypresses here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

  6. I just love reflections. This is just beautiful. 😀


    January 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

  7. i want to dive in (not literally) but with my mind.


    January 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

  8. This is wonderful!!! Right time at the right place!


    January 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    • That’s why I put myself out there so often, to increase the chances of stumbling into one of those right places at a right time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

  9. This is like a painting. A little bit jealous here, reminds me of fall while we are in the thick of winter, and a thick one it is.



    January 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    • And that was in December, when you were probably already enduring winter (regardless of the official season). Weather varies a lot in central Texas: overnight from Thursday into Friday we had an accumulation of ice pellets, but a couple of days earlier the afternoon temperature had gotten well up into the 70s. Looking ahead, we’ll already have some wildflowers by February. It’s no wonder that Texas has become the second most populous state, even if some people wilt their way through our long and hot summers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      • Here I thought our winter weather was bipolar! That is some crazy weather. When you have wildflowers we’ll still have…snow flurries and ice blossoms. Well, your images will just give me more to look forward to!



        January 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM

  10. […] posts back you saw some trunks of sycamore trees, Platanus occidentalis, reflected in Bull Creek on December 3, 2013. Now from the same visit […]

  11. Reflections are always so interesting. One of the many ways nature wields her paint brush.

    Susan Scheid

    January 26, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    • Better she than I, who know nothing about wielding a paint brush but have grown accustomed to a camera.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

  12. Looks like a tapestry. In fact, it’d make a great tapestry design.


    January 27, 2014 at 8:17 PM

  13. This is so lovely. Very beautiful 🙂


    January 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: