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The shallow water shimmered as it flowed

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Bull Creek; July 25th. The darkened leaf is from a sycamore tree, Platanus occidentalis.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 28, 2017 at 5:01 AM

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  1. Love these effects of light and shallow, flowing water. Thanks, Steve.


    August 28, 2017 at 5:06 AM

    • You’re welcome, Michael. I did more abstractions yesterday with water flowing over red rocks in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2017 at 9:02 AM

  2. Makes a lovely abstract! 🙂


    August 28, 2017 at 7:05 AM

  3. At this point, even “shallow” would be beautiful, but the interplay of light and shadows on the ripples crossing the leaf, and the illusions they create, are remarkable. The leaf’s color is so unusual. Perhaps the water intensified it, but still: deep purple? Perhaps it fell over a sleepy garden wall.


    August 28, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    • Who could resist the rippling interplay of light and water? Surely not I. I was at it again yesterday at a creek with red rocks in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. Here’s to illusions!

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    • I’ve seen other sycamore leaves that had turned colors, but this deep purple one grabbed my attention. I don’t know how to explain the dark color.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2017 at 10:37 PM

  4. Oh Steve, I’ve missed all your exquisite and fascinating images but foremost on my mind is hoping you and Eve are ok. We’ve been getting news reports of the hurricane effects. I’m not sure you are in the vicinity at the moment or travelling and posting automatically while away. We are used to cyclones here in Queensland but hurricanes in Texas? I know you do get heavy flooding but the images we are seeing look devastating. Anyway, I do hope you are safe. I’m behind in your travelling news. Best wishes.


    August 28, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    • Hi, Jane, and greetings from Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. You correctly surmised that we’re away from home. The Texas coast is indeed subject to hurricanes; in fact the greatest weather-related natural disaster in American history remains the hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900:


      To fly to Calgary we drove from Austin to Houston and left our car in long-term parking near the airport. When I heard about the hurricane a few days ago I called and confirmed that our car was okay. I called again yesterday to make sure it was still okay.

      Austin, not near the coast, nevertheless has creeks that undergo flash floods when the rain is heavy enough. Water can rise a couple of meters in just minutes, and every year people in central Texas die in flash floods. In any case, thanks for checking on us.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2017 at 9:26 AM

      • I’m very pleased to hear you are safe and also that you will have a car when you fly back. As I’ve said before, I always used to think of Texas as a dry state, but like many dry parts of Australia you are also prone to floods. Your blog has educated me in many ways, Steve.


        August 29, 2017 at 8:29 PM

      • Our car was indeed high and dry when we got back to it in Houston yesterday afternoon.

        Steve Schwartzman

        September 15, 2017 at 5:55 PM

  5. Beautiful…..let’s hope all the water there stays shallow!

    Marcia Levy

    August 28, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    • Southern Alberta has been in something of a drought, so the risk for forest fires remains high. The high temperature yesterday was around 90°. So much for cooling off by going 1500 miles north.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2017 at 10:41 PM

  6. Absolutely beautiful. I love how the light plays on the shimmer of the water and the way the leaf grabs your attention.

    • There is indeed much for you—and me—to muse about here. All I had to do was go a few miles from home.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2017 at 10:42 PM

  7. Lovely!


    August 29, 2017 at 12:41 AM

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