Archive for December, 2011

Strangest Thing

The immortal last words of McManus (The Usual Suspects) perfectly describe what’s happening with this picture on flickr –

Altered States

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.


Tiny Worlds

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.

After the Bacchanalia

Cliff Dwellers


The Invasion

Pyxie Cup forest

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.

And in a moment it’s gone

From this morning.  I couldn’t resist the patterns or the light.

A morning in Purgatory

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.