04.06.2019 Saturday morning in Sunderland

I looked hard but still no wildflowers.  I did see one or two indications of red columbine leaves, but nothing resembling a bud anywhere. I chose this location because I knew that if the flowers weren’t happening, and it is still early, the waterfall would be.

60 °+ today and the following three days so that should get things percolating.

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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16 Responses to 04.06.2019 Saturday morning in Sunderland

  1. That fallen trunk makes for an unusual vertical element in the lower left.

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    • To get this shot it was unavoidable, so I made the most of it as an element to draw viewers in. As you might imagine, even in my youth I probably could not have moved it and, as we discussed the other day, against our ethics.


      • That raises the question of whether you could have moved forward and to the right a little to avoid the log altogether. Even if you’d wanted to, the perch may have been precarious.


      • Nope. I tried but any other position eliminated something I wanted to keep and moving in the direction you suggest would have required standing atop the rock which would have totally changed the perspective. I’ll add that often in the past I would try to do just what you offer, but this morning decided to accept what was given me and in the end I like that the log is there. I have shot this waterfall many times over the year without much else in the image and that includes today which I may yet share.


  2. I like the contrasting colors of this one. Very eye catching to be able to see more of the surrounding landscape.

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    • Thanks, Yvonne. I’ll be posting another view of the upper section shortly, but this was my favorite of the day. Ordinarily I’d be grousing about the fallen tree and branch but, in this case, I decided to like it and work with it rather than complain. 🙂

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  3. If you were looking for wildflowers and found “only” this, I would say it’s one hell of a consolation prize. Years ago, an artist friend of mine said that she at several times, to her horror, made a fairly large mistake near the end of a painting. She adopted a new philosophy: if you can’t fix it, feature it. Looks like you did that, and did it very well!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    My favorite aspect of the photo is the lower right corner, with those three patches of leaves so nicely lined up. I like the contrast of the green and brown, and the two large logs. I scrolled to hide the upper part of the photo and show only what’s below the ‘divide’ between the waters. That made for an interesting image, too, with the large trunks much more prominent.

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    • Thank you for noticing the leaves, Linda. I made sure to include them. I don’t think they draw too much attention from the main subject but complete the composition by anchoring the corner. I often have a tendency to isolate things so was glad to be able to start in that corner and follow through to the falls.

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  5. Just chiming in, to agree with Steven and Linda, and that this is a very successful picture.
    For some reason, it strikes me very forcefully in this shot, that the water is so distinctly different from everything around it, the pure whiteness is such a contrast to the eroding rocks and decaying organic material it flows by.

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    • Thanks, Robert. I try to contrast water in motion with its surrounds whenever possible. The motion versus the immobility of the rocks and banks is much more noticeable without foliage. That said, I am quite eager to get some green into my images as soon as possible.

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  6. When the colors get so rich in early spring, there’s a quickening and the first wildflowers will soon show their faces. Here in the mountains of Virginia, it seemed like winter would last forever, certainly longer than it did last year. I anxiously looked for progress in leaves pushing up through the ground and wondered whether the voles had eaten my tulip bulbs. Finally, leaves, and now tiny little veronicas, purple deadnettle, hepaticas, coltsfoot and even forsythia in bloom. They are coming your way, I promise! 🙂

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    • Nothing even resembling your numbers here yet. Just skunk cabbage so far. The eastern part of Massachusetts is seeing some stirrings though. Our winter seemed as yours, but we did not get the snow that I believe you did. The middle of the country really got hammered this year…I am speaking latitude. That said, we can still get a good snow in mid-April, occasionally later, so not out of the woods yet. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂


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