08.04.2018 Beauty and the Beast

Maybe I am overstating this a bit, but the two images definitely fit each description…at least in my opinion.

When I was at Buffam Brook the other day, my last shot provided a surprise.  Now I did have to set it up so the sun was not hidden so I knew what I was getting, but the morning hadn’t given any sign that I’d have the opportunity.I’ve made images of this slide cascade several times, but this was the first with competition for your eye.  🙂

The following day I went for a walk in Quabbin Park looking for some False Foxgloves I had photographed two years ago.  Unfortunately, the DCR folks had mowed ’em all down. But as I scoured the roadside for the flowers or anything else, this beaut of a grotesque caught my eye.Aside from reminding me of Munch’s The Scream’s face, or Clouseau’s melting face in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, I sometimes find the grotesque in nature surprisingly attractive. Thus I shot this tree root.

Just as with beauty, grotesque is in the eye of the beholder.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 08.04.2018 Beauty and the Beast

  1. It’s good that you managed to expose the land adequately while not blasting the sun off the charts.

    Did you know that grotesque is etymologically grotto-esque?


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  3. Todd Henson says:

    Sometimes competition can be such a beautiful thing! 🙂

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  4. Yes, I can see the grotesque looking face in the second image. That was a lucky find for sure. The top was also a good shot as you happened to catch the sun shinning through the trees. Both are really interesting.

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  5. I do see a grotesque face – like those Arcimboldo paintings, where the face is made of vegetables and fruit. It’s intriguing, but I think I like the sluicing water better!

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  6. Andrew says:

    The Buffam Brook shot is glorious – superb sunburst that catches the eye but doesn’t overpower the rest of the image. a keeper for sure.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    My favorite feature is the long, perpendicular ray streaming down from the sun. It seems to reach all the way to the ground, allowing it to serve as the “stem” for the brightest sun-flower I’ve ever seen.

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  8. I thought most lenses have either 5, 7, or 9 aperture blades … the first image has (if I counted correctly) 14 star points … does that mean that there are 14 blades? I wouldn’t imagine – perhaps there is no correlation?
    OK … having said that … the first image is great … gives the impression that there isn’t a soul around for miles and miles. Is that true? How close to you was the nearest sign of civilization? Nice texture in the second image – it took me a bit to see the face … now I do … looks like General Grievous (from Star Wars – can’t recall which episode).


    • The 16-35 II has 9 blades which do form a decent starburst at f/16 or f/22. How that translates the the number of rays I can’t say but part may be due to interference coming through the trees. I’ve never counted them at all, but now the next time I shoot an open sky with a starburst I shall. I once had a Zeiss 21mm that also had 9 blades but gave a sharper star. Their new Milvus has 16 blades.

      This spot isn’t far from the road with a few houses on the other side. But it is below the road and lined with tall trees so whatever road noise there is can’t be heard…especially with most noise drowned out by the sound of the water. I don’t remember Gen.Grievous but haven’t seen every episode yet…they are all sitting on my DVD shelf waiting for me to devote hours of my time to them.

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  9. Gallivanta says:

    The sun almost looks like a ‘fairy wand’; not that I have ever seen one, of course. But one never knows what slyvan sprites or other magical creatures may be in the woods. 😉 The grotesque could be home to a goblin or troll.

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