04.25.2019 Finishing up with Atherton Brook

Sometimes I find our brooks so appealing and full of interest that I am like a kid in a candy store…I can’t just have one cascade.  And Atherton Brook is especially that way with so many rock assemblages that create cascades of complex elements.  I am sure to many people they all look the same but each has individual qualities…at least in my view.

These will be my last  from Sunday’s hike.

This is a more intimate view of one part of the waterfall that started this series.

One of the things that I enjoy about these is the way angles meet and merge.  This next cascade is made up of so many different facets.  I reduced the exposure a bit to capture a little more detail in the motion and splashes.

And finally a phone capture while walking along the brook.

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One theory about the trunk is that this grew on a nurse tree that has now decayed and disappeared leaving that huge gap.  It is one tree although appears to be two leaning upon each other.

We’ve had so much rain, more coming tomorrow, that I’ve wanted to take advantage of the increased flows. Eventually, I think, the levels will drop as they usually do but maybe not to the point we’ve seen in recent years with summer droughts.

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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26 Responses to 04.25.2019 Finishing up with Atherton Brook

  1. You recently said you try different shutter speeds and f/stops with your waterfalls in an attempt to get the optimum amount of detail in the flowing water. About how many tries did it take for you to get the first picture to come out the way you wanted, and what was the winning combination? As always, I like that you left the colors in the image.

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    • I made four attempts at this and the last one was my choice. All were good but this was the better, in my opinion. Sometimes it turns out that the first is the one, but not often. It is very hard to gauge the speed of the flow, but I knew this was strong and had already upped the ISO for the wider view. f/11@ISO 400 for 0,6 sec. 70-200+CP at 130 mm. The other exposures were 1/6, 0.3 and one more at 0.6 secs. I chose one 0.6 over the other for the quality of the splash.

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  2. melissabluefineart says:

    I do too, and I especially like the third image of the creek and its environs, including that cool tree.

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    • I like it too and wish I had bothered to get out the big cameras rather than the phone. Oh well. I can go back. Thanks, Melissa.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        Are you feeling fairly well, now? I hope you are. Mine seems to come and go like I’ve read Malaria does so I’m coming to terms with sometimes not being very mobile.

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      • I am feeling well, thanks. Tell me if you’ve heard this one before…I have been telling it a lot. My doctor told me during my first followup visit after release from the hospital that it would take a good year before I was normal.I told him it would be a welcome new experience. 🙂
        I am sure you told me but I don’t recall what your ailment is. It sounds serious and I hope whatever it is is well under control and on the wane.But it sounds like it is lingering.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        Haha, good one!
        We’ve had such a surge in ticks here. My daughter and I both got bites and were both tested. It was early days, before the doctors even believed Lyme’s Disease was a thing, so our doctor didn’t follow up at all on our negative results. Katie had the bulls-eye rash, so I think the doctor gave her antibiotics despite the negative test and she is fine.I didn’t pursue it for myself, and probably should have. It settled into my joints, causing instant arthritis everywhere, and stole my energy. Often it kind of fades, but if I’m stressed it surges back and says, “here I am!” Since I never did get a positive test, it could be something else but it seems to match what I’ve read about Lyme’s so that’s what I’m going with . I really can’t afford to go for testing. Luckily, I have enough images and memories for a life time of painting, and so now I mostly stay in my studio. Sometimes I can manage about a mile on a trail and that is enough for me these days.

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      • Oh, that is awful, Melissa. I didn’t realize that you had Lyme which it seems to be. I hope this passes and you get your energy back. It’s great that you have plenty of material for painting but I know you love being out in nature so the sooner that happens the better. It’s a shame that this has lasted for so many years. I started wearing my treated clothing as soon as the temperature got above freezing. My cold weather stuff sort of seals ticks out for the ones that are still active in winter. It’s still a little early for mosquitoes around here but now we have to worry about the kissing bug. They are mostly in the southeast but are spreading. Since I have recently learned that I am indeed not immortal I’ll be even more diligent with prevention.
        I’m surprised that your doctor didn’t treat you despite the negative indication since he/she treated your daughter.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        She turned out to be a pretty awful doctor, and we left her after that but by the time I started showing symptoms, I figured it was too late. The flare ups do seem to be getting less. Thank you so much for your concern!
        So I looked up kissing bugs, and lo, they are here in Illinois! 😦 Illinois is a long state, with the southern half feeling definitely southern. Sheesh. Makes me want to move to northern Minnesota or something! I looked at treated clothing….do you feel they work?

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      • In the five or so years that I’ve been treating my clothing and boots I have had two ticks on me…both daid. I have no idea whether it works on other insects like the kissing bug. I’d guess so but not sure.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        Do you mean, you spray the heck out of them before putting them on, or are you buying clothing that is treated? I seem to remember when I lived in the Peoria area we were putting sulfur on our pants cuffs to protect us from ticks but I don’t see anyone doing that anymore. It wasn’t always easy persuading the pharmacist to sell it to us.

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      • Yes and yes. I use Permethrin spray that I get at Dick’s although I imagine many other outdoor supply businesses have it too as well as Amazon. I also have a pair of lightweight summer pants that are treated already with Permethrin which I got from LLBean and I’d guess Cabelas has them too.. The stuff works but cannot be used on your skin and has to be totally dry before wearing the treated clothing…usually a day on the clothes line does it. I’ve heard that even dry it isn’t safe for cats so I know people who won’t use it for that reason.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        Good to know. My westie licks my hands if I have hand lotion on, and I can see he might lick my clothes if he smells something on. Nevertheless l think this would be worth doing. Thank you for explaining the process.

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      • I think once dry the Permethrin doesn’t afford much risk to humans or dogs but I don’t wear mine in the house where Bentley might want to get on my lap.

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      • melissabluefineart says:

        Right~I’m usually pretty eager to change out of my field clothes anyway….of course, then I change into my painting clothes, which are covered with paint. 😀

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  3. The first. Stopped. Stared. Stared. . .

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  4. BTW my guess for the first is 1/8 sec.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    The second appeals to me very much. The rocks framing the water is especially nice. Beyond that, the various ‘humps’ of water remind me of your recent photo of the tussocks.

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