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Dunes Creek

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Dunes Creek Colors and Patterns 8222

Most people go to Indiana Dunes State Park to see the dunes and the beach along Lake Michigan. That’s why I went there on June 17, but I also couldn’t help noticing and being intrigued by the colors of Dunes Creek close to where it empties into Lake Michigan. I’ve read that the warm colors are due to tannins released by black oak leaves that fall into the creek and decay there.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 18, 2016 at 5:02 AM

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  1. Fascinating!

    Maria Gianna Iannucci

    August 18, 2016 at 5:20 AM

  2. What a lovely abstract, expressive creation. The colors are phenomenal and the shapes and forms create an excellent composition. I love the tendrils and undulations of colors moving like rivulets into and around the frame. This is definitely a “slice of life” that captures the essential magnificence of nature.

    Ariana Vincent

    August 18, 2016 at 8:33 AM

  3. All the colors are there: the central core of green; the gentle blue arc; the red, orange, and yellow edges; even faint washes of indigo and violet. It’s as though nature, in a moment of whimsy, reached out to rearrange her rainbow, and you captured its reflection.


    August 18, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    • I don’t believe I’d ever seen a mix of colors like these in a body of water, so naturally I got excited. I happened to show this picture at a photographers’ meeting tonight and it went over well.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 18, 2016 at 10:26 PM

  4. There’s a lot of intrigue here. It’s tempting to imagine rolling up the pantlegs and stepping into that palette of warm and cool colors, but difficult to guesstimate how rapidly the water deepens. Probably best left to the imagination.


    August 18, 2016 at 7:58 PM

    • Yes, an intricate intrigue, but not one that enticed me any further ahead than standing on the bank. That was good enough for me because by leaning forward I got a good angle for the pictures I wanted. You’re free to imagine a liquid sequel.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 18, 2016 at 10:30 PM

  5. Nice! Reminds me of the cover of “In Wildness is the Preservation of the World”.

    Steve Gingold

    August 22, 2016 at 6:18 AM

  6. I often see the effects of tannins on rainforest walks but it can be difficult to share just how intense the colour looks as the light shines through it. Your picture almost looks like there is a fire burning underwater, The tannin effects combined with the ripples look like flames.


    September 17, 2016 at 2:19 AM

    • I like your vivid image of a fire burning underwater, with the ripples being akin to the flickering of flames. You’re the first person I’ve encountered who has experienced the bright colors that tannins can create.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 17, 2016 at 6:37 AM

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