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A new way of looking at broomweed

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In the recent post about experiments in zooming I mentioned that the fountain at the Lakes Blvd. and Howard Lane hadn’t gotten turned on by 7:10 in the morning, so I left and did other things. One of the first was to see what sorts of images I could make with the disc of the rising sun reflected in a nearby pond. I used those bright reflections to silhouette a broomweed plant, Amphiachyris dracunculoides.

Here’s an unrelated thought for today: “The notion that nothing might be anything is quite something.” β€” S.S.

Β© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 10, 2020 at 4:47 AM

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  1. Glad I clicked on the photo to enlarge – with the dark grey background it really pops! Also enjoyed the “notion” that you shared πŸ™‚

    Ms. Liz

    September 10, 2020 at 5:07 AM

    • I’m not sure I ever clicked through to the dark background till now to see the image the way you did (which is also the way I recently recommend for another picture). Whether surrounded by white or dark, the image still looks good to me. As for the notion, it came to me when I was thinking (as math teachers do) about zero. Along those lines, I was reminded once again of the great mystery: how could a world in which nothing is alive suddenly become a world in which something (and later many things) is alive.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 10, 2020 at 5:25 AM

  2. Oh that’s wonderful! Halloween cotton candy.

    Robert Parker

    September 10, 2020 at 5:13 AM

    • I was very happy with the way this came out. As for the Halloween cotton candy, we should go into business marketing it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 10, 2020 at 5:27 AM

  3. Fantastic shot, Steve.


    September 10, 2020 at 8:05 AM

  4. This is a gem of a photo, a piece of art, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    September 10, 2020 at 8:14 AM

  5. Wow beautiful!


    September 10, 2020 at 9:35 AM

  6. Oh, this is GORGEOUS, my friend! πŸ™‚ πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

    marina kanavaki

    September 10, 2020 at 9:52 AM

  7. Feels like autumn … I like it!


    September 10, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    • It was hot and sticky back then. This morning the weather surprised us with probably the lowest temperature since before the summer, 59Β°. I know that doesn’t sound low to someone in Colorado, but normally we wouldn’t expect that kind of a drop here for at least a few more weeks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 10, 2020 at 12:34 PM

  8. That’s a very nice shot. I like the simplicity, but also the unexpected accents, like the two small twigs on the left, facing downwards, rather than upwards.


    September 10, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    • You’re alert to notice the two little downward-pointing elements, especially the one that’s more obscured. Like you, I appreciate the simplicity of the resulting image; shooting into so bright an area is tricky, and I didn’t know how things would come out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 10, 2020 at 1:14 PM

  9. Quite creative, Steve. Your thought reminded me of something a friend and I would say, and I am sure others as well, “No plan is a plan”.

    Steve Gingold

    September 11, 2020 at 3:28 AM

    • It was a creative morning, with two kinds of experiments in a row.
      Negative sentences often allow for more than one interpretation. Your “no plan is a plan” reminded me that “plan ahead” is redundant.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 11, 2020 at 5:09 AM

  10. Now that really is quite different …. and opens the mind. Beautifully defined with ambience.

    Peter Hillman

    September 12, 2020 at 4:29 AM

    • Yes, it really is different, except insofar as it’s an abstraction and I’ve been making plenty of abstract images this year. Happy open mind to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 12, 2020 at 4:33 AM

  11. I’m as taken with the color as with the lines of the broomweed. You certainly swept your image clear of distracting elements; the ones that remained are beautifully composed.


    September 13, 2020 at 8:54 AM

    • Because this was another experiment, I didn’t know if any of the images would turn out well. In a few, the broomweed didn’t line up properly with the reflections, and in a few others the broomweed was partly out of focus. I was quite happy with what remained. As for the colors, they reminded at least one viewer of Halloween.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 13, 2020 at 11:07 AM

  12. A new way is a good way – I love this.


    September 18, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    • Not everything that promises delivers, but once I saw that this came out as well as I’d imagined it, I felt a lot of satisfaction. If only everything worked out that way!

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 18, 2020 at 3:38 PM

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