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Minimalist Monday

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Mustang Grape Vine Looped 3946

Here to start off the week is a strangely and geometrically looped mustang grape vine (Vitis mustangensis) that I came across adjacent to the Mexican devilweed at Muir Lake in the town of Cedar Park on February 4th.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 22, 2016 at 5:03 AM

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  1. This one takes me straight back to my ham radio days. It looks remarkably like a loop antenna. SETI’s good, but who knows what signals that grapevine is picking up?


    February 22, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    • Speaking of antennas and going back in time, this morning I had it pointed out to me that the upper part of the emblem of Nabisco (the National Biscuit Company) looks like an antenna, though that wouldn’t have been the company’s intention at its formation in 1898.

      It just occurred to me that the acronym SETI is coincidentally close to the yeti of terrestrial fables.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM

      • I just read the wiki entry for the company, and the suggestions that the logo is a European symbol for quality, an Italian printer’s mark, and so on. But in the company history, I found this: “In 1792, Pearson & Sons Bakery opened in Massachusetts. They made a biscuit called pilot bread for consumption on long sea voyages.” I’d bet a package of Oreos the linear part of the symbol is the stylized rigging of a sailing ship.


        February 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM

        • That’s a great hypothesis. Unless the symbol was adopted quite late, masted ships would still have been a primary means of delivering cargo.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 22, 2016 at 9:40 AM

  2. Hi Steve,
    Somehow I see in it the skeleton [or just the outlines] of a dinosaur head.
    Have a great week,


    February 22, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    • I see what you mean about the suggested outline of a dinosaur’s head. That’s a good way to begin the week.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2016 at 8:02 AM

  3. Glad you saw this, Steve. So many of us think every shot has to be the next sale. There is beauty and education in all of nature.


    February 22, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    • Thanks for your view on this. I often focus on little things, out-of-the-way things, even while doing my share of conventional eye-grabbers like flowers and butterflies.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2016 at 9:42 AM

  4. […] called Maximalist Monday with a densely detailed photograph taken conveniently close to the one of the minimalist mustang grape vine. Now I […]

  5. Some interesting angles in there, including a few triangles. I would say a minimalist photo for maximum effect.


    February 22, 2016 at 9:23 PM

  6. I’ve got to admit, this is something I would not have thought to photograph and, at a minimum, it is kind of cool.

    Steve Gingold

    February 25, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    • I like the way you said that: “at a minimum.” If you haven’t done much in the way of minimalism, perhaps you’ll lean that way a little now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 25, 2016 at 7:06 PM

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