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Sinuous leaf tip at the Bojo Nature Reserve on December 17th

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A close view at f/4 makes for a shallow depth of field.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 27, 2020 at 4:45 AM

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  1. That is so beautiful. For some reason I feel like I could stare at that all day 😃.


    January 27, 2020 at 5:19 AM

  2. this is so cool looking


    January 27, 2020 at 5:54 AM

  3. That’s a long way to go for an abstract. It looks quite nice against the soft dark background.

    Steve Gingold

    January 27, 2020 at 6:09 AM

    • Yes, half-way around the world. I didn’t end up with many abstracts on the trip, but I did take several at Bojo.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 8:23 AM

  4. That’s soothing… sinuous perfectly describes the leaf.


    January 27, 2020 at 7:04 AM

    • I spent years of my life teaching students about sine curves, so sinuous comes naturally to me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 8:24 AM

      • You are still teaching… I count myself lucky to have your expertise at this point in my life. I’m always learning something at your blog and I certainly am more interested in learning now than I was a few decades ago! I have many friends who are retired teachers. My friend Ruthie was a science teacher, and she always has a lesson about something in nature that just comes up when we’re together. It’s so much fun and quite appreciated to take in new information at this age.


        January 27, 2020 at 8:39 AM

        • You may have heard me say “Once a teacher, always a teacher.” I don’t know how true that is overall, nut it’s sure true for me, and from what you say—and I’m pleased to hear it—for your friend Ruthie and other former teachers you know. Along with always being a teacher comes always being a learner, and gladly so.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM

  5. Elegant lines.


    January 27, 2020 at 7:19 AM

  6. Reminds me of a strand of blown glass–beautiful capture, Steve.


    January 27, 2020 at 7:54 AM

  7. The white line emphasizing the curve is perfection. I really like the illusion of it continuing on along the outside edge of the leaf.


    January 27, 2020 at 7:59 AM

    • Sine curves go on forever, so your illusion is grounded in reality.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 8:29 AM

      • So, are sine curves and the adjournment of a legislature ‘sine die’ related? The indeterminate nature of the adjournment’s length makes me think so.


        January 27, 2020 at 8:35 AM

        • There’s no etymological connection. Latin sine meant ‘without’ (hence French sans), and lawyers adopted the phrase sine die, literally ‘without a day,’ to mean ‘without a specific day being set to reconvene.’ The sine curve takes its name from Latin sinus, which meant various things, including ‘a bent surface (raised or depressed), a curve, a fold, a hollow.’ The ‘hollow’ sense accounts for the name anatomists gave to the little hollows inside our heads.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 27, 2020 at 11:54 AM

  8. Excellent shot, Steve.


    January 27, 2020 at 9:48 AM

  9. You’ve created simplicity and majesty all in one image.


    January 27, 2020 at 12:07 PM

  10. Grace. Pure Grace. Simplicity too.

    Michael Scandling

    January 27, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    • I was overdue for a picture of this type, which is more akin to your abstractions than my recent landscapes have been.

      I don’t know if you noticed that the commenter right before you also mentioned simplicity, and where you had grace she had majesty. (Reminds me of old-time regimes when some people got addressed as Your Grace and Your Majesty.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 2:15 PM

  11. That’s cool! I love the dark background it really shows off the subject.


    January 27, 2020 at 3:34 PM

  12. Makes for a great abstract!!


    January 29, 2020 at 8:36 PM

  13. Fantastic! Image and title deserves a frame, Steve.


    February 2, 2020 at 4:12 AM

  14. Amazing, Steve. Just the essence.


    February 6, 2020 at 11:17 AM

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