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New Zealand: closer looks at a Milford Sound waterfall

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Tour boats on Milford Sound get close enough to some of the waterfalls cascading into it for tourists on board to see one or more rainbows in the spray, as we found on February 22nd. In the photo above you can make out a faint second rainbow half-way across the intersection of the land and the sound. When our boat got closer to the waterfall, the main rainbow got brighter and better defined, as shown in the second photo.

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May 12, 2017 at 4:52 AM

New Zealand: Dorothy Falls

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On February 19th we visited Dorothy Falls, about half an hour east of Hokitika on the South Island. You can see the lushness of the native bush that surrounds the falls.

Here’s a closer view of the waterfall:

Below is an even closer view hand-held at 1/15th of a second. I’ve made longer hand-held exposures, but they push the limits of a photographer’s stability. One thing that has helped, when it has been available, is steadying myself against a tree or boulder.

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May 3, 2017 at 4:54 AM

New Zealand: more than a glacier at the glacier

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The Franz Josef Glacier is in a part of New Zealand that gets between 2 and 10 meters of rain a year. When we visited on February 20th, I got the impression that glacial meltwater had combined with runoff from rainfalls to keep several local waterfalls well supplied. Above you see one of them in its full height. To get a sense of how high that was, compare the sizes of the trees.

Below is a detail of a more-accessible waterfall’s base.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

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March 21, 2017 at 5:11 AM

Kendall County

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I hadn’t done much photographing in Kendall County until I made a 230-mile circuit through the Texas Hill Country on September 29. My goal was a waterfall that another Austin photographer had made me aware of. I found it a few miles south of Kendalia, where Edge Falls Road crosses Curry Creek. The actual Edge Falls, which I’ve read is larger, lies upstream but isn’t open to the public. Neither is what you see here; all I could do was look (and photograph, of course) from the little bridge that carries the road over the creek.

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October 7, 2016 at 4:59 AM

McKinney Falls State Park: the Lower Falls

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So yeah, I was at McKinney Falls State Park on April 15th and in addition to false faces in false dayflowers I photographed the real Lower Falls in the real Onion Creek. Do you see the promontory of rock jutting out at the lower left? From there I got a closer view of the main waterfall. Here it is at 1/1600 of a second:

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And here it is smoothed out at 1/15 of a second:

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© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

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May 4, 2016 at 5:09 AM

Different waters

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On the morning of February 23rd I went to Great Hills Park, lately in these pages a local travelogue for the Land of Lichen, because we’d had rain overnight. A shutter speed of 1/15 of a second turned the creek at the base of this small but suddenly abundant waterfall into aqueous fur; what else would you expect after you’d had rain pelt down?

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Back in the world of clarity, slightly upstream on the creek into whose side that little waterfall flowed I toyed with the interplay between reflections and shallowly watered rocks.

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And elsewhere in Great Hills Park I visited the strange creek that emerges from the bedrock and cascades briefly downhill to form a pool.

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UPDATE: I’ve added a fanciful addition to the end of the recent post showing a southern dewberry flower.

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March 11, 2016 at 5:03 AM

The results of rain

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Some of you have heard that Texas got a lot of rain this past Friday. It’s true. In my northwest part of Austin we got probably 5 inches of the stuff, and at around 3:30 A.M. Saturday the sound of another downpour briefly woke me from sleep. By the time morning came I figured I’d better go out and see what all that water had done, so I spent some time over at a heavily flowing Bull Creek. In particular, I worked my way down to the base of the largest waterfall in one of its tributaries, which you see here.

If the scene looks familiar, it’s because I showed a view of this waterfall after a similarly heavy deluge 13 months ago. That time I gave you the cottony water that comes from a long exposure, but this time you have a take that’s more the way our eyes see things. That view was unimpeded, while this one has the overlay of a leaning tree. Different times, different approaches.

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November 1, 2015 at 5:05 AM

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