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Goldenrod at Lucifer Falls

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As we drove around the Northeast in the second half of July and the first week of August, we were surprised to see goldenrod (Solidago sp.) already flowering abundantly in many places. One of those was at Lucifer Falls in New York’s Treman State Park on August 1st. That was seven weeks ago; I’ve yet to see any goldenrod flowering in Austin, though I’ve read reports online of people beginning to see some here.

And while we’re still talking about Treman State Park,
let me show you one more picture of the picturesque rock strata there:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 22, 2019 at 4:47 AM

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  1. It really looks like a stone elevator or lift – The layers in the center have broken off at clean angles, and slid down while staying horizontal

    Robert Parker

    September 22, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    • It’s a strange formation, isn’t it? The layers that had fallen to the bottom seemed to me to be man-made slabs of concrete. Now you’ve added another human element, an elevator.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2019 at 10:30 AM

  2. The drawbridge effect in the second photo is unusual, and intriguing. Given the amount of plant growth on top of it, I’d say no one has crossed it for a while. As for the goldenrod, I’ve not seen any in bloom here. Some bloggers I follow in Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania have show fields fullly aglow with the plants; I’ll be glad when our time comes.


    September 22, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    • Robert saw an elevator, and now you a drawbridge. I, too, had taken all the foliage atop the slab as a sign that the falling had happened a good while earlier. Months? Years? Decades? Centuries? Who knows?

      As for the goldenrod, it may be time to start looking in places where it has appeared in other years.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2019 at 10:35 AM

  3. The grayish background enhances the light and colour on the Goldenrod. Great picture, Steven!

    Peter Klopp

    September 22, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    • Behind the goldenrod was the waterfall, of which no details remain in the photograph because the falling water was so far behind the flowers. As you noted, a formless background is better so that our attention remains on the flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2019 at 10:39 AM

  4. That is a beautiful goldenrod portrait. And the striations in the rock wall are impressive.

    Lavinia Ross

    September 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    • Thanks, Lavinia. Treman State Park was a great place to visit, what with all the waterfalls and striations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2019 at 10:44 AM

  5. Up here in Cameron we finally have some blooming near our pond. The ones in drier areas still are waiting.

    Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

    September 22, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    • You make a good point: the drought we’ve had for the past couple of months may have kept the goldenrod from doing its thing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2019 at 2:04 PM

  6. Or an access to a secret hiding place, long abandoned. The curve of the goldenrod against the curve of the waterfall in bokeh makes a very nice rhythm.

    Michael Scandling

    September 22, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    • I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got cameras, I’ve got lenses; who could ask for anything more? Well, we could ask for a secret hiding place.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2019 at 2:10 PM

      • I never write LOL. Never. Ever. I spell it out if it’s a reflection of an actual response. I laughed out loud.

        Michael Scandling

        September 22, 2019 at 2:22 PM

        • Good to hear my adaptation of the Gershwins’ song pleased you a LOŁT. I never use LOL either.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 22, 2019 at 3:13 PM

  7. We’re at the height of goldenrod season here. Many species only a few of which I’ve managed to photograph and none with a waterfall as a background.

    Steve Gingold

    September 24, 2019 at 3:08 AM

    • In Austin, I don’t remember ever photographing goldenrod by a waterfall, either. Speaking of which, yesterday when we were out driving I saw my first flowering goldenrod plant of the season.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 24, 2019 at 6:43 AM

      • Ours are just a little past peak with browned spent flowers but still plenty of yellow.

        Steve Gingold

        September 24, 2019 at 2:35 PM

        • This morning I found a bunch of goldenrods whose buds were just about to open. As usual with goldenrod, down here we’re a month or two behind you.

          Steve Schwartzman

          September 24, 2019 at 3:02 PM

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