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Waterfall Wednesday #4

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On June 5th I spent time at Stone Bridge Falls on Bull Creek. To play up the details in the churning creek below the falls, I chose a shutter speed of 1/3200 of a second. While the resulting image might seem black and white, it does harbor some dark brown in its upper part.


Here’s a passage from Douglas Murray’s thoughtful 2019 book The Madness of Crowds.

Even when it does not identify itself as such, the Marxist and post Marxist trend on the political left can always be recognized by the set of thinkers whom it cites and reveres, and whose theories it tries to apply to any and all disciplines and walks of life. From Michelle Foucault these thinkers absorbed their idea of society not as an infinitely complex system of trust and traditions that have evolved over time, but always in the unforgiving light cast when everything is viewed solely through the prism of ‘power’. Viewing all human interactions in this light distorts rather than clarifies, presenting a dishonest interpretation of our lives. Of course power exists as a force in the world, but so do charity, forgiveness and love. If you were to ask most people what matters in their lives very few would say ‘power’. Not because they haven’t absorbed their Foucault, but because it is perverse to see everything in life through such a monomaniacal lens.

Nevertheless for a certain type of person who is intent on finding blame rather than forgiveness in the world, Foucault helps to explain everything. And what Foucault and his admirers seek to explain in personal relations they also attempt to explain on a grand political level. For them absolutely everything in life is a political choice and a political act.

… And always and everywhere is the aim — taken from French literary theory — to ‘deconstruct’ everything. To ‘deconstruct’ something is as significant in academia as ‘constructing’ things is in the rest of society. Indeed, it is one curiosity of academia in recent decades that it has found almost nothing it does not wish to deconstruct, apart from itself.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 30, 2021 at 4:34 AM

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  1. It took a minute of looking, but I ended up liking what seem to be three quite different views of the water: the icicle-like falling water, the whipped cream middle of the image, and the foreground bubbles.


    June 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM

    • Leave it to your discerning mind to separate those three aspects of the scene. You say it took a minute of looking, so an awareness of that textural trio didn’t bubble right up at first glance.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2021 at 8:33 AM

    • By the way, I have a much more concentrated icicle-y view of the falls scheduled for two Wednesdays from now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2021 at 8:36 AM

  2. Seeing the stop-action bubbles and droplets is fun for a change! 🙂


    June 30, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    • I more often go for that than I do for the silky or cotton-candy water that most nature photographers seem to favor.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2021 at 1:28 PM

  3. The turbulence below the waterfall is a clear indication of how much water is pouring into the pool below. In the 106 degrees F here at the Arrow Lakes, I would be tempted to jump in to cool off a bit.

    Peter Klopp

    June 30, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    • I’m sure you would. I’ve been following news reports about the record heat wave in the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2021 at 1:29 PM

  4. Wow, beautiful image.

  5. Very interesting rendering of the waterfall.
    And this is true.
    “Indeed, it is one curiosity of academia in recent decades that it has found almost nothing it does not wish to deconstruct, apart from itself.”

    Alessandra Chaves

    July 1, 2021 at 7:40 AM

    • I included that quotation primarily because of its pointed last line.
      As for the waterfall, I was please with this rendition of it, one of many I made that morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 1, 2021 at 8:24 AM

  6. I enjoyed this textured composition with its wintry feel.

    Lavinia Ross

    July 2, 2021 at 9:29 AM

  7. […] June 5th I spent time at Stone Bridge Falls on Bull Creek. Whereas in the photo you saw a week ago I used a very fast shutter speed to stop the action and maximize details, in the picture above I […]

  8. All that bright texture in the water is a refreshing change from blurred water. I like both but one sees blurred waterfalls way more often. 😉


    July 7, 2021 at 2:51 PM

    • You said it: cotton candy waterfalls have become a trope in landscape photography. I mostly do high-speed waterfall pictures, so for me the slow-speed approach is something I occasionally do as a diversion into something different.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2021 at 3:37 PM

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