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Cattails by pond at dawn

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Pond and Cattails at Sunrise 1104

Twice in the fall of 2014 I pulled a Steve Gingold by going out in the dark before dawn to places where I could get in position for daybreak. Last year I showed a picture from the first of those two sessions but none from the other. Here, then, on the one-year anniversary of that second dawn expedition, is a photograph taken at a pond on the eastern side of Buda, a rapidly growing town south-southwest of Austin. Cattails (Typha domingensis) stood between the water and me.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 27, 2015 at 5:36 AM

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  1. wowww


    October 27, 2015 at 5:37 AM

  2. Perfect. There’s just enough light for some detail, and just enough mist for effect. The silence seems palpable.


    October 27, 2015 at 5:50 AM

    • As a photographer I normally crave light, but in this case having just enough light for a faint image carried the day (figuratively and literally).

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2015 at 8:09 AM

  3. Sometimes it’s worth getting up early for these shots. Very pretty


    October 27, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    • It was definitely worth it, yet I haven’t gone out that early again in the year since then.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2015 at 8:14 AM

  4. Inspiring. By looking at the world through that parameter, dawn, it is interesting to study the differences found in our great land. Dawn in the middle might be a nice addition but don’t look at me to provide that! 🙂


    October 27, 2015 at 7:03 AM

  5. Exquisite! You have indeed pulled a Steve Gingold.


    October 27, 2015 at 7:09 AM

  6. Beautiful, Steve! It looks mysterious and a little chilly and not a landscape picture that would usually spring to mind if someone mentioned Texas to me. Light changes everything…


    October 27, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    • I think it must have been a bit chilly that early on a late-October morning, though I can’t remember whether I wore a light jacket. The lack of light made for a mysterious image, but I carried a small flashlight so I could see where I was going in the dark and keep from tripping over something that I wouldn’t have wanted to remain a mystery. So yes, light changes everything. (And now I can’t help hearing “Love Changes Everything,” with lyrics by Charles Hart and Don Black, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2015 at 8:31 AM

      • Well, love and light both have great potential to transform don’t they and some would argue that love can bring light and vice versa. Isn’t it wonderful how a photograph or other piece of artwork can stimulate conversations about all sorts of thing. Art has power too… 🙂


        October 27, 2015 at 8:50 AM

        • We post our pictures, often unaware of what they’ll arouse: sometimes not much, other times a lot, and not always in a direction we would have expected the conversation to go. More power to pictures…

          Steve Schwartzman

          October 27, 2015 at 3:14 PM

  7. What a wonderful shot Steve!


    October 27, 2015 at 1:04 PM

  8. You captured such a marvelous part of the day, one of the real treats in life is to watch the sunrise.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    October 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    • It’s not unusual for me to see parts of the sunrise through the trees outside the window where I’m sitting at my computer now, but rarely have I gone out into nature for a sunrise. I’m glad I did so twice last fall.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2015 at 4:25 PM

  9. Liquid loveliness …


    October 27, 2015 at 5:18 PM

  10. This is very nice, Steve. Wonderful serenity to it. I think you should change your body clock around and get out early more often.

    Steve Gingold

    October 27, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    • Serenity strikes me as the right word for this view.

      Getting up that early every once in a while is okay, but I don’t know that my body and brain could adjust to doing it regularly. It seems to work fine for you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 27, 2015 at 9:01 PM

  11. Beautiful shot Steve! I love the atmospheric moodiness conveyed in the scene!

    Michael Glover

    October 27, 2015 at 11:17 PM

  12. Beautiful!


    October 28, 2015 at 2:27 AM

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