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Reptile-textured tree stump remains

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This reptile-textured tree stump fascinated me in
John Bryan State Park near Yellow Springs, Ohio, on July 21.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 2, 2019 at 4:49 AM

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  1. Hahaha.. YES! Very reptilian.

    Ms. Liz

    September 2, 2019 at 4:57 AM

  2. I wonder if it was home to any reptilians. They would be well disguised.


    September 2, 2019 at 6:08 AM

    • Right you are. Somehow I hadn’t thought about that. A lizard on that stump would’ve made for quite a picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2019 at 6:48 AM

  3. Very lizardy. Maybe it will learn to regenerate its limbs!

    Robert Parker

    September 2, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    • Now that would be something. You’re a lot closer to Ohio than I am so you can run over there every now and then to check.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2019 at 7:39 AM

  4. It certainly is a fascinating surface.


    September 2, 2019 at 8:38 AM

  5. It looks like the head of a croc !! Nice texture !


    September 2, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    • I hadn’t gotten that specific within the reptile kingdom, but I can see a crocodile now that you’ve suggested it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2019 at 8:50 AM

      • 😀 I love looking at tree stumps to see what I can discover in them.


        September 2, 2019 at 8:52 AM

  6. Tree stumps are also one of my favourite themes in my photographic adventures. They are mysterious in so many ways. Great shot, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    September 2, 2019 at 9:03 AM

  7. Beautiful composition, Steve. I enjoyed this photo very much.

    Lavinia Ross

    September 2, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    • The texture was nature’s. I cropped narrowly to exclude distractions and to emphasize the stump’s verticality. Glad you enjoyed the result.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2019 at 10:13 AM

  8. It’s a trio of tree-climbing iguanas! Common enough in Florida, they’re rare in Ohio — lucky you, to have found them.


    September 3, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    • Lucky indeed. It was the most significant thing I found in that state park, in part because it was different from any other tree stump I’d ever photographed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM

  9. That’s a great abstract, Steve. What a neat find. I love the way the light plays with the texture.

    Steve Gingold

    September 4, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    • I went positive on the Texture and Clarity sliders to emphasize that play of light on the tree remains.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 4, 2019 at 3:10 PM

      • Clarity and Texture are two great additions to either Lightroom or Camera RAW. A gentle touch needs be though. I always apply them at 100% to watch for over-zealousness on my part.

        Steve Gingold

        September 5, 2019 at 3:47 AM

        • I’ve noticed that a high Texture setting creates a lot of noise in the shadows. Texture and Noise Reduction work against each other.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 5, 2019 at 5:54 AM

          • Yes, noise reduction reduces the noise but also the definition in the details which both Texture and Clarity attempt to increase.

            Steve Gingold

            September 5, 2019 at 6:17 PM

            • One way to resolve the conflict, though it takes more time, is to reduce noise globally, which includes sensitive areas like blue skies, and then add texture or clarity as a targeted adjustment only to the most important parts of the picture.

              Steve Schwartzman

              September 5, 2019 at 6:33 PM

  10. I want one! : )

    Dawn Renee

    January 9, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    • I can’t give you one, but you can go see this one in John Bryan State Park.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 9, 2020 at 2:55 PM

      • Darn. Well, alright. I’m unaware of that park. I’ll look it up. No doubt that it’s a pretty place.Thank you.

        Dawn Renee

        January 10, 2020 at 9:59 AM

        • I was also unaware of John Bryan State Park until we visited a Cincinnati art museum last year and saw a landscape painting of a place that is now in that park.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 10, 2020 at 10:16 AM

          • That’s an interesting way to learn of a place, that you went there afterwards is neat. I saw images, the waterfalls and crumbled stone steps that were shown are just gorgeous!

            Dawn Renee

            January 10, 2020 at 10:46 AM

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