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Mustang grape leaf turned yellow

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Vitis mustangensis at Twin Lakes Park in the town of Cedar Park on November 9th.

WordPress dulled down my original jpeg and made it so unattractive that I uploaded an oversaturated version in an attempt to compensate. The oversaturation apparently intimidated WordPress to the point that it didn’t dare mess with the picture. You’ll have to imagine somewhat toned-down colors; the yellow really was rich from the sunlight shining perpendicularly on the leaf.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 22, 2019 at 4:41 AM

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  1. It’s nice to see rich, situated colors, isn’t it? I’ve frequently had to do the same thing and then I notice how over-saturated I’ve got the jpeg when I use it elsewhere.


    December 22, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    • As much as I love rich colors in my pictures, I don’t want them oversaturated. I live with the reality that for various reasons my photographs often look better when I view them on a good monitor at home than when people view them in their own homes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 22, 2019 at 4:15 PM

      • Same here. And then there is perception. Do you remember that uproar over the blue dress/gold dress? Our family was evenly divided over that one, to the utter amazement of us all.


        December 23, 2019 at 8:34 AM

        • Same here: Eve saw it one way, I the other.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 23, 2019 at 9:23 AM

          • So odd and I’ve read a couple of scientists’ comment that at the end of the day they really can’t explain it. I can’t help but wonder about the images we send out into the world. Who knows how they are being perceived?


            December 24, 2019 at 10:03 AM

            • I’ve often thought about that. Even beyond something as obvious as the monitor on which someone views an image and the physical differences between the eyes of one person and the eyes of another, so much remains subjective.

              Steve Schwartzman

              December 24, 2019 at 4:17 PM

              • Indeed it does.


                December 25, 2019 at 8:57 AM

              • I’m thinking how much fun Dr. Seuss would have had with it, were he still alive.


                December 25, 2019 at 8:58 AM

  2. Beautiful. How dare WordPress mess with anyone’s colors! I made a post of Lac Leman a few months ago that had extremely subtle color in the water and WordPress murdered it. I reprocessed it fairly recently. Perhaps I should put it up and see if the colors survive.

    Michael Scandling

    December 22, 2019 at 10:46 AM

  3. It is still a beautiful image, Steve, and I love the colors.

    Lavinia Ross

    December 22, 2019 at 5:51 PM

  4. I’ve had this issue several times with WP to the point that I no longer try to adjust to whatever their version of color management might be. Most of the time the images look okay but occasionally they are a bit over the top saturation-wise.

    Steve Gingold

    December 22, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    • It’s sometimes less nerve-racking to live with WP’s quirks than to try to get around them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 23, 2019 at 12:28 AM

  5. The symmetry of the leaf is especially appealing. The nearly-identical indentations on either side of the central portion look like tabs on jigsaw puzzle pieces. I like the way the body of the leaf is headed in a different direction from the stem, too. It gives it a bit of a jaunty look that goes well with that bright color.


    December 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    • The way the body of the leaf goes in a different direction from the stem could symbolize the way our lives often go in a different direction from what we expected.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 24, 2019 at 2:46 AM

  6. We are really enjoying the vine species of late (poison ivy, grape, creeper) as they are the only showy plants of color, save the tallow tree. Your leaf is a fine specimen. I didn’t know of WP’s fiddling with photos, haven’t had that experience. But it is beautiful from where I sit, saturated or no.

    We hope you have a wonderful end to the year, Steve, and a delightful beginning to a different year, decade. Cheers!


    December 24, 2019 at 7:12 AM

    • We missed most of those colorful vines this year, as we’re wrapping up two-and-a-half weeks in the Philippines. Soon we’ll be back to a land of (mild) winter, unless Typhoon Ursula prevents our departure flight tomorrow.

      Have a great year’s end and a fruitful (and birdful) 2020.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 24, 2019 at 8:45 AM

  7. I think my photos sometimes suffer the opposite, but as you were saying in your discussion with Melissa, there are so many things to take into account, we really have no idea how our work is being seen. Your text above amused me! 😉


    December 28, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    • Happy textual amusement. You’re the first person who’s mentioned that. And as for appearance on the internet, you’re right that “we really have no idea how our work is being seen.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 28, 2019 at 8:51 PM

  8. This page/tab has been patiently waiting in queue until there was time for me to review/read and then try to lasso random thoughts and organize them. Sometimes – like with this image – my mind veers in many tangents. (‘in’ tangents or via tangents o – ?) …

    First,those colors of blue and gold look so lovely together, and the image is stark yet bold. Next I read the narrative and chuckled – how dare WordPress present an inferior image of your image – and then to be intimidated by your ability to outsmart their program! They folded their cards!

    I enjoyed Linda’s comment about the edges look like a jigsaw puzzle, and yes, those two ‘deep’ notches would work well in a puzzle. The other edges, however, look more like they were altered by leaf-cutter ants!

    If one were painting that leaf in watercolor, it would be fun to drop hiccups of sienna-colored pigment into almost-dry washes of the golden yellow areas. That’s when watercolor is fun, but oh, those final sessions of the intricate creases/lifting highlights, etc – that would be work (at least for me!)

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    January 11, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    • I’d say “goes off on many tangents.”
      I’m glad you like my little narrative about intimidating WordPress. Might as well take credit for that, right?
      You and Linda are right about the large notches being suitable for jigsaw puzzle pieces. I’m not familiar enough with leaf-cutter ants to know if the grape leaf’s edges could pass for their work; I’ll take your word for it. Similarly I’ll take your word about the rigors of painting this leaf in watercolor—though I’d certainly like to see the results if you ever feel the urge to do so. You must have a zillion other leaves in Ecuador to keep you busy.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 11, 2020 at 12:04 PM

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