Portraits of Wildflowers

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Repeating myself

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Following coastal roads west from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 4th, I stopped in the vicinity of Chester to photograph pretty tree reflections in a pond.

Upon climbing back up from the bank of the pond, I noticed the new growth on a nearby evergreen tree.

About half an hour later and further west, I stopped to photograph attractive reflections in another pond.

Upon climbing back up from the bank of that pond, I noticed a nearby tree that had died and was covered with beard lichens.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 28, 2018 at 4:32 AM

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  1. Thank you!

    Lynn Somerstein

    June 28, 2018 at 6:50 AM

  2. Love the reflections and the detail in the evergreen, Steve.

    Jane Lurie

    June 28, 2018 at 11:14 AM

  3. Spot one image and a number of others will slowly reveal themselves as this cluster of four clearly show. Nice work, Steve.


    June 28, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    • “Spot on,” I might reply. That linking of one thing to another leads us photographers to be productive, sometimes so productive it’s hard to stop, especially in scenic places like the coast of Nova Scotia.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 28, 2018 at 11:40 AM

  4. that could be a red or black spruce. I have never seen a real one before.


    June 28, 2018 at 9:21 PM

  5. Something I did has eliminated your posts from my inbox! 😦 I don’t know how to remedy it. At any rate, I really love these images. The reflections in the pond remind me of the spot here where you and I photographed a blooming tree reflected in a still pool.


    June 29, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    • I’m sorry you’re having trouble getting these posts in your inbox. Strange things happen on the Internet, as we’ve all found out at times. Might the emails be going to a spam or junkmail folder? If that’s not the case, you can try re-subscribing via the sign-up box near the top of the right sidebar.

      Aren’t reflections great? I think most artists are fascinated with them (or else I’m projecting). You’d probably have wanted to paint one or both of these ponds, just as you were interested in that blooming tree two years ago. (It’s getting to the point that two years ago seems like two months ago.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 29, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    • Speaking of which: the way your current blog is set up, I don’t see a way for anyone to subscribe to it. You can add that feature—assuming your theme works like mine—if you go to your Dashboard, then to the Appearance section (indicated by a wrench icon), and then to Widgets. The “Follow Blog” widget is the one you want to add.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 29, 2018 at 5:14 PM

      • Thank you Steve. I haven’t found an Appearance section on my dashboard. What a can of worms I seem to have opened! I’m going to be talking with a happiness engineer on Monday so this is another thing for me to bring up with them. Thank you!


        June 30, 2018 at 3:45 PM

  6. Upon reflection, it seems to me that the pink flowers in the first photo are more visible in the water than on the bank. I’ve noticed the phenomenon a few other times, and really don’t understand it, but it does seem that reflections often are sharper than the object itself: depending on conditions, of course.

    I really like the third photo. The image seems to expand from right to left, as the size of the reflections increases. The pyramidal shapes of the rocks and the tree reflections are a nice touch, too; they help to draw the eye along.


    June 29, 2018 at 10:17 PM

    • I also noticed the increased saturation/brightness of the reflected flowers compared to their source. I wonder if it has to do with the greater darkness of what surrounds them in the reflection.

      I was surprised by how similar the pyramidal rock in the third photograph is to one at the far right in the first photograph. My eye is always ready to be drawn, along with the rest of my body, to the next scenic place. That was easy to do on the Nova Scotia coast.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 29, 2018 at 10:36 PM

  7. Beautiful reflections Steve … lots of lichen at our place 🙂


    July 3, 2018 at 2:38 PM

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