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A metallic charm

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The young leaf of a greenbrier vine (Smilax bona-nox) in Great Hills Park on April 15th came out looking like a metallic charm when I photographed it using flash and a tiny aperture of f/25. I took pictures of a different young leaf on the vine using natural light and a broad aperture of f/3.2 for a dreamy look with little in focus. Compare and contrast, say teachers.


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“Anyone can do evil acts, regardless of their color.” That’s a line from a video in which Ndona Muboyayi talks about how her children’s schoolteachers were promoting the notions of “white supremacy” and “white privilege” while conveniently not mentioning that in the Rwandan genocide all the victims and all the murderers were black. You’re welcome to watch the 6-minute video, which includes Ndona Muboyayi’s belief that “The envelope doesn’t mean anything, ’cause eventually it’s going to go away. It’s what’s inside that matters, and that’s what we need to teach children.”

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 3, 2022 at 4:32 AM

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  1. That’s an especially elegant greenbrier leaf in the first photo. The way the vine has curled, it does look as though it’s hanging down, like a charm. I’d say your flash and reduced aperture worked like a charm; the metallic effect is quite pleasing.


    May 3, 2022 at 6:32 AM

  2. Oh, it does look like a lovely little charm the stalk is wearing. Nicely done!


    May 3, 2022 at 8:29 AM

  3. Thank you for your mini-lesson on the effects of the aperture opening, Steve! I will try to memorize the meaningful quote: “The envelope doesn’t mean anything, ’cause eventually it’s going to go away. It’s what’s inside that matters, and that’s what we need to teach children.”

    Peter Klopp

    May 3, 2022 at 9:12 AM

    • It’s good to experiment with the effects of changing apertures as well as shutter speeds.

      Unfortunately many schools in the United States and Canada are committed to teaching race essentialism, the opposite of Ndona Muboyayi’s ideal.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 3, 2022 at 9:21 AM

  4. Beautiful Steve 🤓👌🌺smiles hedy

    sloppy buddhist

    May 3, 2022 at 11:33 AM

  5. Oh gads! I remember that greenbrier from Oklahoma! Ick! The thorns are very painful and surprisingly sharp.


    May 3, 2022 at 7:53 PM

    • Yep, they sure are. I get scratched probably every year by low greenbrier vines that are hard to see in the underbrush.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 3, 2022 at 8:00 PM

  6. Yes, that is a good message to teach our children but it is also important for them to know the bad that has happened so it hopefully doesn’t get repeated. Kids that come from homes that express hatred toward others won’t teach their own children to be more open and tolerant of others. It’s important for our education systems to show kids those qualities are of value if they are not getting them at home or from their friends.

    Steve Gingold

    May 4, 2022 at 4:13 AM

  7. Great


    May 5, 2022 at 2:56 AM

  8. Interesting leaf shape, and metallic glow.

    Alessandra Chaves

    May 5, 2022 at 8:04 AM

    • Now that you bring it up, I can’t think of any other plants that have leaves shaped this way. I wonder if the shape gives the plant any advantage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 5, 2022 at 8:15 AM

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