The immortal last words of McManus (The Usual Suspects) perfectly describe what’s happening with this picture on flickr –
I put it up a few hours ago and it’s had a hundred views coming from an unknown source. The Unknown source gag is something that frustrates the crap out of me with flickr. I’ve put a comment in asking if someone could tell me from whence they all come, but so far nothing. Strangest thing.
The other day I decided to walk in the common land at the end of the road. It’s woods and has a couple of old roads running through it and it was logged sometime in the past. There are some trails, one in particular runs to the back of a nearby horse stable and gets a lot of use by horse owners. There’s a small brook and not much else. Eventually the woods runs out and a huge cleared area zoned industrial takes over. I don’t hold out much hope of industry moving in, but recently the airport got a big new entrance directly off the highway and so a lot of this land could open up to convenient development. I hope not though because in the woods between my street and the vacant lots is a fantastic crop of my two favorite kinds of lichen – Pyxie cup and British soldier. I’ve seen both in other forests before, but never in such profusion and the British soldiers are especially colorful. I feel like Horton hearing his Who whenever I explore these miniature vistas. I especially love how sunlight changes the color of the lichen. In the shade it looks so much more blue than in sun.
I haven’t gotten a good tight shot of the British Soldiers, but I’m working on it. The light isn’t right today so maybe in the next few days.
From this morning. I couldn’t resist the patterns or the light.
There’s a little spot of geography about 40 minutes west of my house that has created a whole bunch of waterfalls. If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve seen them – Tucker Falls, Lower Purgatory Falls, Senter Falls and Garwin Falls most recently. I think I’ve said that Purgatory brook has three sets of falls – upper, middle and lower and that lower was the most accessible and the most popular with photographers, as is Tucker. I think I’ve also said I hadn’t shot the upper falls all that well. Luckily they’re not going anywhere and with the tons of rain and recent snowmelt we’ve had, they’re running full and fast right now. I think I can safely cross this one off my list –
If you’re looking for some info on how these images were created or how to create similar silky-water images, check out my coaching post here – Smoke on the Water.