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Paloverde tree with great wispy clouds

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Parkinsonia aculeata; Roy G. Guerrero Park; December 21, 2020.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 7, 2021 at 4:36 AM

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  1. Beautiful


    January 7, 2021 at 4:51 AM

  2. Lots of beautiful wispy going on here. I can feel the breeze blowing gently.


    January 7, 2021 at 6:55 AM

    • Call it a double dose of wispiness: the branches and the clouds. Fortunately (for the sake of pictures) not much of a breeze was blowing then.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2021 at 8:26 AM

  3. The wispy clouds make your photo appear to be in motion. It’s the very opposite of a still picture.

    Peter Klopp

    January 7, 2021 at 7:46 AM

  4. I will echo the sentiments already expressed in admiring how you’ve matched the wispy branches with the wispy clouds.


    January 7, 2021 at 8:00 AM

    • And matched them in multiple compositions, both horizontal and vertical, and even a few at oblique angles. In fact I’d planned to show an oblique view but at the last minute swapped it out for the one you see here, which strikes me as more dramatic overall.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2021 at 8:30 AM

  5. That is a nice composition, Steve. I love cirrus clouds. They morph into so many beautiful patterns.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 7, 2021 at 9:08 AM

    • Morph they do, and photograph them I do, too. Of the interesting clouds we get in Austin, this type is the most common.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2021 at 9:18 AM

  6. Wonderful image!!! I love the way the upward-stretching branches are repeated in the upward-reaching cloud formations!

    Birder's Journey

    January 7, 2021 at 6:35 PM

  7. Blue and yellow again. Those are some fine wispy clouds.

    Steve Gingold

    January 8, 2021 at 3:18 AM

  8. Yellow-green Paloverde branches are beautiful all on their own, but pairing them with clouds that emphasize their wispiness and a blue that complements their color is just perfect. We’ve had a few days with this sort of cloud; they’re delightful to watch as they shape-shift.


    January 8, 2021 at 7:38 AM

    • When clouds like these form over Austin I’ve taken two approaches: photograph them in their own right as abstractions, or find natural objects to play off against them, as you see here. I also tried several cottonwood trees as subjects but the paloverde let a lot more of the clouds be seen, and therefore worked much better.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 8, 2021 at 7:53 AM

  9. The tenuous tendrils of both tend to complement each other so very well.


    January 8, 2021 at 11:44 PM

  10. How lovely!


    January 10, 2021 at 9:24 AM

  11. I first saw this tree last Feb when I went to collect insects in the desert. Truly magnificent.

    Alessandra Chaves

    January 22, 2021 at 8:18 AM

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