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More about the Paint Pots

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Last month you had an introduction to the Paint Pots in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park. Now here’s a little more from our September 8th visit. The first photograph shows the ochre-saturated mound we encountered as we approached the end of the main trail. What a contrast between the dark green of the trees and the saturated orange earth, don’t you think?

The second picture lets you walk up over the rise and have a look at a portion of the picturesque “paint pot,” i.e. pond, beyond. Notice in this closer view how the ochre had stained the bases of the sedges at the pond’s margin and made rings around the leaning dead trees at the waterline. And what’s not to like about the ghostly reflections of those dead trees?

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 19, 2017 at 4:58 AM

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  1. Those colors are amazing!


    November 19, 2017 at 6:07 AM

  2. Very impressive pictures, Steve. I especially like the second one because of the reflections: a perfect shot.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,


    November 19, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    • It was the reflections that especially caught my attention, leading me to try various compositions. One thing that’s curious in this take is that the reflection in the lower right of a vertical tree trunk has no counterpart up above, the way the two slanted reflections do.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

      • I hadn’t noticed that about this trunk in the lower right. But taking a second and much closer look, I think I discovered why: the lower part of the “real” trunk seems to be behind the reeds and bushes. It looks like there’s just the beginning of it visible at the very upper fringe of the picture.


        November 19, 2017 at 10:54 AM

        • I believe you’ve got it right. The real tree had to be up there somewhere. Still, I like the superficially ghostly apparition.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

  3. Is it due to any geological phenomenon…like presence of minerals?


    November 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM

  4. Wow Steve .. great shots! The second looks for the world like a painting .. love those reflections


    November 23, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    • It was the second view that intrigued me, too. I took variations of it, always with the reflections as the highlight of each image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 24, 2017 at 1:07 AM

  5. I can’t help seeing a giant pile of turmeric in the first photo. You’re right that the blocks of color contrast, but they complement one another as well.

    As for the second? “Ghostly” is just the right term, since I see a sunken schooner with its slanted masts rising above the surface of the water. You may have found one of the world’s most unique pond yachts on your trip!


    November 23, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    • Leave it to nautical you to see the slanted masts of a schooner here. While my vision didn’t get into greater bodies of water than this pond, its ghostly trees took me traveling in the schooner of my imagination.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 24, 2017 at 1:13 AM

  6. I really enjoy looking at these two images. It is fun to think how startled the first white people must have been when they stumbled upon these scenes.


    December 21, 2017 at 11:31 AM

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