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Leaf abstraction from the Bojo Nature Reserve on December 17th

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© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 2, 2020 at 4:39 AM

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  1. What a beauty. It’s clearly a large leaf, which allows those diagonal lines to shine. Combined with what I assume to be the vertical midrib and the vertical lines at the left edge — well, it’s just perfect. The gradations in color complement it well. In truth, the color reminded me of the Big Green Guy.


    February 2, 2020 at 6:54 AM

    • You’re correct that what’s at the right edge is the leaf’s midrib, and that the leaf itself was pretty large. What’s at the lower right is in soft focus (that’s a positive spin, rather than saying it’s out of focus), yet it doesn’t bother me here the way it often does in other pictures. You may have noticed that most of the creases curve first one way and then the other.

      If I’d found a similarly green caterpillar on here, that really would have been something.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2020 at 11:04 AM

  2. Beautiful.

    Michael Scandling

    February 2, 2020 at 9:22 AM

  3. You’ve really captured the beautiful patterns of nature. I see echoes of water waves, even the ones that ripple back from an edge and cause dissonance. ….who is the Big Green Guy?


    February 2, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    • This caterpillar that I fell in love with and whose image now is hanging on one of my walls. “Big Green Guy” is my nickname for him.


      February 2, 2020 at 10:25 AM

      • Thanks for that link.

        Steve Schwartzman

        February 2, 2020 at 11:06 AM

      • Oh, my, he sure is a big green guy!


        February 3, 2020 at 8:07 AM

        • Now you see why Linda found him appealing.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 3, 2020 at 8:11 AM

          • I can indeed. Here in the GMO corn belt we’re not seeing many caterpillars anymore.


            February 5, 2020 at 8:15 AM

            • Might that be due more to insecticides?

              Steve Schwartzman

              February 5, 2020 at 8:56 AM

              • For sure. Also, though, let me see if I can remember the specifics. The corn is genetically modified to carry pesticide right in its genome. That is fine as far as it goes to prevent insects from eating the corn. The problem arises from the pollen it releases, which floats into nearby habitats and kills butterfly larvae and other nice insects. That sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? Also, of course, farms used to have hedge rows and little pockets of wetland but as they have become industrial, all of that gets stripped away.


                February 6, 2020 at 8:09 AM

                • I appreciate that explanation. Many things that were once science fiction have become reality.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  February 6, 2020 at 10:57 AM

                • It is amazing really, isn’t it?


                  February 7, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    • Even though I was close to the Bojo River, I never would’ve thought to connect the curves in the leaf to those made by waves. Thanks for pointing that out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2020 at 11:20 AM

  4. I came back to wish you a Happy Palindrome Day. It’s February 2, 2020 — or, 02022020.


    February 2, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    • Thanks. I don’t think I knew it’s Palindrome Day. Here are some good ones:


      Steve Schwartzman

      February 2, 2020 at 11:16 AM

      • Those are great. The best I could come up with is a phrase that sounds like it came from a Dick and Jane reader: god sees dog.


        February 3, 2020 at 7:14 AM

        • Reminds me of the joke about the dyslexic, agnostic insomniac who stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog. On the serious side, from what I’ve recently read, it seems that dyslexics don’t typically reverse letters in words.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 3, 2020 at 7:45 AM

          • And that, in turn, reminds me of the 1970s Berkeley bumper sticker: “Dyslexics, Untie.”


            February 3, 2020 at 7:47 AM

            • I think I’ve seen that one. I often notice that swapping letters in a word produces another word, like trail and trial.

              Steve Schwartzman

              February 3, 2020 at 7:53 AM

              • And speaking of swapping letters, I’d mention reversation, except I have a reservation about it being a real word.

                Steve Schwartzman

                February 3, 2020 at 8:18 AM

  5. Wonderful lines in this leaf, Steven — really lovely photograph.

    Jet Eliot

    February 2, 2020 at 11:04 AM

  6. The diagonal lines remind me of waves and the more vertical ones of the ebbing rebound at the shore’s edge.
    The green is pleasingly rich.

    Steve Gingold

    February 2, 2020 at 2:08 PM

  7. I found it waving at me, too, with flashbacks of summer paddling in my little canoe. Quite elegant and eloquent, Steve.


    February 2, 2020 at 3:11 PM

  8. Lovely photo. I like the lines, textures and shades of green. Lots of visual stimulation.

    Lignum Draco

    February 3, 2020 at 3:13 AM

  9. Great macro, excellent choice of subject fitting into the focal plane.


    February 3, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    • I struggled to get the focal plane parallel to the leaf, which wasn’t flat. The lower right corner of the image isn’t sharp, but it wasn’t so far out of focus that I rejected it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 3, 2020 at 7:19 AM

  10. Lovely and very appealing image.
    I’m always amazed by the varied structures and patterns produced by nature.

    Robert Parker

    February 3, 2020 at 8:29 AM

  11. Excellent Steve!


    February 6, 2020 at 11:02 AM

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