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During the same May 9th foray to the pond at Naruna Way on the prairie in northeast Austin
that led me to the white egret you saw last time, the vibrant green of the fresh growth
along the pond’s shore also called out to be photographed. I obliged.

The combined reflections of the young plants and of the bulrushes
beyond them made for a worthy picture in its own right.
Click below to zoom out into a panorama: Monet, here we come.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 17, 2019 at 4:34 PM

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  1. Stunning! Monet would be charmed.

    Anita Westervelt

    May 17, 2019 at 5:38 PM

  2. It’s one of the purest examples of the color chartreuse in nature that I’ve seen. Who knows? Perhaps one or two of these plants are included in the 130 used in Chartreuse liqueurs. There’s a relatively short but interesting history of the product here. It’s remarkable that the knowledge of the plants and herbs used in the liqueur still is limited to two monks.


    May 17, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    • Our color word comes from the liqueur, which is named after the monastery, which is named after the mountain range in southeastern France where it was established. It seems like we’ll never know what the 130 ingredients are that go into the liqueur. Add Monet, and this has been a very French post.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 18, 2019 at 6:24 AM

  3. That panorama is very easy on the eye, as they say, very pleasant. I looked closely but didn’t see any baskets with babies rowing by.

    Robert Parker

    May 17, 2019 at 10:05 PM

    • Your second sentence made me think of Moses in a basket in the bulrushes,


      but I’m not sure that’s what you had in mind, given that the infant Moses didn’t row.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 18, 2019 at 6:41 AM

      • Yes, that’s what comes to mind with bulrushes, he seemed like such an active guy, I couldn’t envision him just floating around

        Robert Parker

        May 18, 2019 at 7:37 AM

        • And now that you’ve said that, I do seem to remember that later in life Moses entreated Pharaoh to “Let my people row.”

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 18, 2019 at 7:41 AM

          • 😃🚣‍♂️🚣‍♂️

            Robert Parker

            May 18, 2019 at 7:47 AM

            • You must have done a row-bust search to come up with that second emoji.

              Steve Schwartzman

              May 18, 2019 at 7:52 AM

              • Good one! I’m always buoyed by a good pun, I’ll send a gold star ⭐️ or at least a starboard bow.

                Robert Parker

                May 18, 2019 at 8:41 AM

                • I’m glad you didn’t find my “row-bust” search to be a bust.
                  Etymological me will add that the star in starboard is a form of steer, which makes sense when you’re referring to ships.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  May 18, 2019 at 10:02 AM

  4. A very beautiful ode to green.


    May 18, 2019 at 7:49 AM

  5. Beautiful reflections!!


    May 18, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    • And of course I agree. I’ve long been fascinated by reflections, as I think many nature photographers are.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 18, 2019 at 6:27 PM

  6. I’ve been doing similar images this year so enjoyed seeing yours from there. Lovely green hues.

    Steve Gingold

    May 20, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    • Yes, I remember the fresh green you showed in some of your recent pictures. I expected to be past that stage here by May, so the new growth shown here pleased me all the more.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 20, 2019 at 6:49 PM

  7. What ar bulrushes? Are they just cat tails?
    I am hoping that cat tails get selected to be our official town flower for . . . Los Gatos.


    May 20, 2019 at 10:28 PM

  8. Happiness is that simple, fresh green….


    May 23, 2019 at 8:54 PM

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