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Rainy view across to Panglao Island

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On December 21st, 2019, from a window seat at the Lantaw Native Restaurant in Tagbilaran on the Philippine island of Bohol we looked across the water to Panglao Island. Rain softened the view.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 14, 2020 at 4:48 PM

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  1. Beautiful minimalist photo.


    February 14, 2020 at 5:33 PM

  2. Thanks. This low-key view is different from my typical minimalism, which generally has an in-focus subject or two but not a lot else in the photograph.

    Steve Schwartzman

    February 14, 2020 at 5:38 PM

  3. A real departure from your usual style. It makes an intriguing scene.
    I might have believed you, if you’d labeled it as a snowy scene in Wisconsin. Those sticks might be radio antennae on top of the U.S. Bank Center in Milwaukee, sticking out of the snow.

    Robert Parker

    February 14, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    • And I could’ve put a bottle of San Miguel beer out there to stand in for Pabst Blue Ribbon.

      Yes, this is a departure from my usual style. I even hesitated to show it here, not knowing if there’d be much interest in this sort of minimalism.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 15, 2020 at 8:02 AM

  4. Love the soft colours and the faint line between where sky ends and sea begins.


    February 14, 2020 at 6:46 PM

  5. Like a soft pastel abstract painting.

    Birder's Journey

    February 14, 2020 at 7:24 PM

  6. It’s surreal.


    February 14, 2020 at 8:25 PM

  7. It must have been heavy rain or mist that caused the contours of the landscape to disappear almost completely.

    Peter Klopp

    February 15, 2020 at 9:00 AM

  8. It’s interesting that, while the image certainly is minimalist, it’s far from monochromatic. On my monitor, I see the palest shades possible of green and pink: a pleasing and wholly unexpected transformation of land and water.


    February 15, 2020 at 9:16 AM

  9. I’m with Linda, as usual. I really find the soft pink and green and white pleasing. Nice for this morning. We had the coldest night of the year here. I’m not entirely sure how cold it got but, very far below freezing. And our furnace went out. Came the dawn-I love that phrase- and I’m greeted by this serene image of yours.


    February 15, 2020 at 9:39 AM

  10. This has a nice soft pastel feel that would appear abstract were it not for the plants on the near shore. Definitely a different sort of rainy landscape.

    Steve Gingold

    February 15, 2020 at 10:05 AM

    • As you know so well, it’s hard after years and years to come up with new ways of looking at things. This was one.

      You’re the second commenter to use the word “pastel.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 15, 2020 at 12:16 PM

  11. I like the spare, minimalist view in this image very much.


    February 17, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    • It was a different sort of minimalism for me, so I was glad to hear from people who found it effective.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2020 at 4:06 PM

  12. I think this is daring, Steve. I like it. 🙂


    February 23, 2020 at 2:21 PM

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