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The Colorado River at Dawn

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I came away with my one moonshot when I’d driven up to the heights along W. Courtyard Dr. on the morning of February 3rd hoping for a good sunrise. As things turned out, the sky offered only subtle colors but I did manage this view of the Colorado River and the downtown Austin skyline in the hazy distance.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 17, 2021 at 4:37 AM

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  1. Beautiful


    February 17, 2021 at 5:00 AM

  2. You recreated the lovely atmosphere with this early morning photo, Steve The pink cloud above is the i-Tüpfelchen on this work of art.

    Peter Klopp

    February 17, 2021 at 8:35 AM

    • Thanks. I had to look up i-Tüpfelchen, Which in form is a double diminutive.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2021 at 8:06 PM

      • When you put the dot on the letter i then it is complete. In English, it is the icing on the cake.

        Peter Klopp

        February 18, 2021 at 8:52 AM

        • The i at the beginning of i-Tüpfelchen puzzled me until I learned that it’s the letter i. One translation I found is the one you mentioned, the icing in the cake. In the days ahead I’ll be adding some ice onto that cake, too, from the winter storms we’ve been having here that have made living in Austin more like living up north.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 18, 2021 at 8:56 AM

          • You must still have power. How else could you carry on with your daily posts. Keep warm, Steve.

            Peter Klopp

            February 19, 2021 at 8:16 AM

            • I normally prepare posts at least a few days in advance and schedule them to appear on such and such a date. That accounts for all the recent posts through today’s. During our long power outages I used my iPhone to reply to some of the comments on those posts. Now that power seems to be back to stay, I’ve been preparing tomorrow’s post, the first of several showing off my harvest of snow and ice pictures.

              Steve Schwartzman

              February 19, 2021 at 8:36 AM

              • One disadvantage to scheduling posts well ahead of time is that the subjects get out of date. This post’s picture of a sunrise, for example, appeared here two weeks after the event. I take way more pictures than I could ever show, even with daily posting.

                Steve Schwartzman

                February 19, 2021 at 8:44 AM

  3. Like a pastel drawing: gorgeous! 🙂


    February 17, 2021 at 8:46 AM

  4. It looks calm and very peaceful. Quiet. 💙


    February 17, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    • It was peaceful. I’m glad I thought to drive up high and take a look back behind me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2021 at 8:07 PM

      • Always look behind you! You never know when there’s something really great to photograph that direction too.


        February 18, 2021 at 8:37 AM

        • Yes, when I’ve returned along the same path I took going out, I’ve often noticed things I missed when I walked by them the first time.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 18, 2021 at 8:43 AM

  5. I wouldn’t say “only” subtle colors, but rather “delicately.” Sweet shot.


    February 17, 2021 at 2:09 PM

  6. A very beautiful, serene scene, Steve.

    Lavinia Ross

    February 18, 2021 at 10:44 AM

  7. Beautiful, Steve. I like the quiet, subtle colors and the way the cloud floats.


    February 18, 2021 at 5:29 PM

    • I agree that subtlety worked here. It’s not the glorious sunrise I’d hoped for, but you can’t always get what you want, and this may well be what I needed, as a song once said.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2021 at 5:44 PM

  8. I like the single cloud and the shrouded mystery of the landscape below.


    February 19, 2021 at 10:23 AM

  9. Very ethereal with that lone cloud floating over the Belt of Venus and the Earth’s shadow.

    Steve Gingold

    February 22, 2021 at 3:33 AM

    • I made like you by going out in the dark before dawn. I didn’t get one of your grand sunrises with brightly lit clouds, but the subtly lit lone cloud has its virtues, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2021 at 6:28 AM

  10. That’s beautiful!!


    February 22, 2021 at 2:57 PM

  11. That’s a wow shot Steve … one that captures the eye and a story begins


    February 24, 2021 at 12:40 PM

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