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Return to the cliff: textures

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Beyond orange and green things, I mostly focused on geological textures during
my January 16th return to the cliff along the Capital of Texas Highway south of FM 2222.

In the next picture, those among you of the pareidolic persuasion may see
a right-facing profile in the shadow, perhaps even that of George Washington.

And let me close by pulling back to a more expansive view showing an especially photogenic portion of the seeping cliff. At its top you see Ashe junipers (Juniperus ashei), seemingly ubiquitous in many parts of Austin.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 21, 2021 at 4:38 AM

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  1. The last is like a waterfall in rock.


    January 21, 2021 at 7:46 AM

  2. Seeing things in rock formations or anything else for that matter is a human tendency. The hidden things must often be pointed out to others before they can also recognize the phantom of their imagination. I like the last photo of the cliff with the wonderful blue sky, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    January 21, 2021 at 8:02 AM

    • I included the last picture to give people an overview of how attractive the cliff is. Some of the nearby portions of the cliff outside the final photograph also have their appeal. My experience accords with yours, namely that people are differently inclined toward pareidolia, both in the the frequency with which they see anything at all, and what they imagine if they do see something.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2021 at 11:22 AM

  3. That is a very handsome cliff, and those are handsome photos of it. I particularly like the first image.


    January 21, 2021 at 8:21 AM

  4. And the last one.


    January 21, 2021 at 8:21 AM

  5. I see a crow!


    January 21, 2021 at 12:32 PM

  6. Great set of shots. That last one gave me a chuckle: the greenery atop the cliff looks like a headdress. I always enjoy the photos that emphasize texture, as all three of these do. I especially like the shadowing in that center photo, where the “hole” is.


    January 21, 2021 at 7:05 PM

    • Thanks. I’m a sucker for textures, and from what you say it sounds like you are, too. If you haven’t stopped by this cliff just north of Courtyard Dr., you might enjoy doing so, especially after a rain. And I can see why the greenery at the top of the cliff reminded you of a headdress.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2021 at 10:05 PM

  7. Lol I have a database with ove 150 bark pictures. I thought I was the only one to take an an interest in this 😎

    Alessandra Chaves

    January 21, 2021 at 9:59 PM

  8. A wonderful series of earth colors and textures. Thank you!

    Lavinia Ross

    January 21, 2021 at 10:05 PM

  9. Even though I’m one of those of a pareidolic persuasion, I couldn’t find anyone’s profile in the third photo. On the other hand, it took only a glance at the second photo for me to think of a temple like this, with the shadowy line through the middle serving as a dividing line between panels of complex carving.


    January 22, 2021 at 7:45 AM

  10. I imagine one could get lost in all that texture finding myriad compositions. I especially like the first.

    Steve Gingold

    January 23, 2021 at 2:12 AM

  11. Nice textural finds! I like seeing the overview too.


    January 26, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    • I felt I owed people the overview so you’d have a feel for the place as a whole, which you couldn’t get from closeups alone. Similarly, if I’d presented only an overview, people would miss out on all the textures and details that are valuable in their own right.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2021 at 12:01 PM

  12. The closeup photos are beautiful and I really appreciate the context photo. A seeping cliff, an interesting phrase that makes sense. We have cliffs on which junipers grow, but I don’t think they seep a lot and I doubt they’re made of the same kind of rock at all. Still….


    January 29, 2021 at 12:43 PM

    • Hooray for textures! It’s fortunate for me that when they cut the highway through the bluff in the 1970s they hit a section of rock that seeped water after it got exposed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 29, 2021 at 9:20 PM

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