10.26.2019 Atkins Reservoir Foliage Reflection

Every year I manage to find a nice reflection at Atkins Reservoir in North Amherst.  We’ve not had a very rainy summer or early fall, so the reservoir is quite low, maybe the lowest I’ve seen it. You can see where the water line should be at the top of the rocks. I posted about the reservoir’s low water and a flower that thrives as a result back in August. But the water was high and still enough yesterday to make a nice reflection image.

What we see here is foe-lee-idge, not fohlidge.  ˈfōl(ē)ij  One of my little irritants.  🙂 


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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33 Responses to 10.26.2019 Atkins Reservoir Foliage Reflection

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    Love the reflection – and your perfect composition. 🙂

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  2. Once again you’ve got alternating dark and light: clouds, treetops hit by the sun, darker trees, brighter trees at the center of the image.

    When I moved from New York to the South I found out that Southern English doesn’t like two vowel sounds in a row and will usually eliminate one. That’s what’s going on with your disliked pronunciation of foliage, even if you don’t live in the South. Similarly, when I hear someone say verbage rather than verbiage I’m inclined to think the speaker is referring to verbs rather than to words in general.

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    • That’s possible. But another gripe is finance which some pronounce as finnance. No vowel excuse there. And, of course, then there are folks who say foilage.
      I was very happy to see a somewhat dark sky above the somewhat illuminated foliage. The contrast that creates is always exciting.


      • The nature of language is change—for better or worse. We’re now old enough to hear young people saying things that we know people didn’t say when we were young, or even just a couple of decades ago. If you look at a text in Old English you’ll understand essentially nothing, so much has the language changed in a thousand years.


      • I remember this and actually understood most of it but it does help that the crib notes are at the end.

        The Twa Corbies
        As I was walking all alane,
        I heard twa corbies making a mane;
        The tane unto the t’other say,
        ‘Where sall we gang and dine to-day?’

        ‘In behint yon auld fail dyke,
        I wot there lies a new slain knight;
        And naebody kens that he lies there,
        But his hawk, his hound, and lady fair.

        ‘His hound is to the hunting gane,
        His hawk to fetch the wild-fowl hame,
        His lady’s ta’en another mate,
        So we may mak our dinner sweet.

        ‘Ye’ll sit on his white hause-bane,
        And I’ll pike out his bonny blue een;
        Wi ae lock o his gowden hair
        We’ll, theek our nest when it grows bare.

        ‘Mony a one for him makes mane,
        But nane sall ken where he is gane;
        Oer his white banes, when they we bare,
        The wind sall blaw for evermair.’

        Meaning of unusual words:
        corbies=crows (or ravens)
        fail dyke=wall of turf
        hause-bane=neck bone


      • Ah, but that’s Scottish English from probably the 1700s, which is still modern English, linguistically speaking. Try out these opening lines from Beowulf, written in Old English some time between the 8th and the early 11th century:

        Hwæt. We Gardena in geardagum,
        þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon,
        hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.
        Oft Scyld Scefing sceaþena þreatum,
        monegum mægþum, meodosetla ofteah,
        egsode eorlas. Syððan ærest wearð
        feasceaft funden, he þæs frofre gebad,
        weox under wolcnum, weorðmyndum þah,
        oðþæt him æghwylc þara ymbsittendra
        ofer hronrade hyran scolde,
        gomban gyldan. þæt wæs god cyning.


      • Demosthenes on his first mouthful of pebbles was easier to understand. I read Beowulf too but the “dumbed down” version.


      • The last sentence is close to understandable: “That was [a] good king.”


  3. Here’s one where I can hear the silence. If it was actually a noisy environment, please don’t tell me. Steve points out the alternating dark and light. I agree it’s part of what makes the shot along with a near perfect composition (absolutely perfect is impossible in this universe) and the marvelous sky.

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    • Nope, not a sound although a distant loon would have been welcome.

      As I mentioned to Steve just now, I was quite excited by the possibility in front of me and very happy with the result. The light through a gap in the sunrise or sunset always presents a lovely image…in the right place, of course.

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  4. This is great, that’s a real keeper, as the old folks say. Like a nice box of separate (and I prefer ˈse-pə-ˌrāt, not ˈse-ˌprāt !) images packed into one beautiful image.

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    • The English language is pretty tough. As one of those “folks of advanced age” you mention, I think it’s a keeper too.
      It’s amusing that, as I am in my seventies, I think back to my younger years and the idea of being a septuagenarian sounded so old. I recognize it for what it is but don’t feel like an “old folk”. I will however drop an old adage here and there.

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    Only a prat would say se-,prat or folidge 🙂 I’m going to snicker about that all day 🙂 I’m with Michael~this looks so serene and still. I just love it.

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  6. Jane Lurie says:

    Gorgeous image, Steve. I love autumn foe-lee-idge 🙂

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  7. Well ya’ll from the north, I am sorry to tell ya’ll 🙂 but foliage for me is foll-edgee but I will continue to speak Tex talk and there aint no two ways about it, Yes, I know how it is supposed to sound but if you live in the south or visit Texas or move here, I guess you’ll just have to lump it. And while we are on the subject, pecan is not pee can, it is paw cahn. Just a little humor here, Steve. 🙂 And one other thing, I know emojis are frowned on when writing in a blog.

    So anyhow, your exceptional photo is lovely and I envy your fantastic scenery. I looked up trees in western Massachusetts and there are hundreds of tree species so I suppose there is no way of ever knowing what trees produce those fabulous colors.

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    • It’s like we’re speaking two different languages, Yvonne. LOL Emojis are just fine with me to a degree.. I know not all bloggers appreciate them so I look for acceptability hints. 🙂

      Yes we have a multitude of species and I am not expert enough to know all their names. It is something I keep meaning to pursue. There are folks who can ID a tree by the foliage or shape etc. Thanks for the comment on the image. We have had a wonderful year for fall color and there still might be a little left after today’s predicted rainy windy day.

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    • shoreacres says:

      You tell ’em, Yvonne. And, yes: I have a freezer filled with paw-cahns. Sometimes I’ve even braved bob-whar to get to them.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice peaceful scene, and yes, that is the way I pronounce foliage, too. 😉

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  9. Pete Hillman says:

    Dark skies and colourful, vibrant landscape. Add those reflectings …. wonderful Steve!

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  10. shoreacres says:

    I got distracted for a few minutes by Yvonne’s comment, but I’ve been watching a perfect analog to your photo develop out my window — except that the sun is illuminating condos rather than trees. On the other hand, it’s so still this morning that their reflection in the marina waters is perfect, and there’s even an stretch of exposed rip-rap between the condos and their reflection. I just popped out and got a photo — I’ll share it later.

    In your photo, I especially like the strip of conifers between the two groups of colorful trees. It certainly helps the group in the foreground stand out.

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    • I’m glad that you got an image. Interesting light is interesting, condos or forest. Ah, rubble. I could only think of riff raff which I doubted you meant.

      I was glad to have that strip of green to add to the bands of color. As we’ve mentioned previously, it’s nice to have some green mixed in with the bright hues. I think that it also allows a bit of the story happening with the sun and clouds to be expressed.


  11. Todd Henson says:

    I find the layers fascinating in this one. There’s the smaller grouping of lit trees, then a darker patch of green whose top is lit to give a layer of lighter green, followed by a lit grouping with more color and then a darker group with more color. Nice. And of course, there’s the reflection!

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    This is the kind of scene one might dream up as the ideal autumn view. It’s pure happiness. A long time ago I worked for a big-time NYC interior designer (his clients were people like Tina Turner). I was in charge of the grounds of his country place in Bedford, NY. He always said, “foil-age” – do you believe it? Really made me wince! 😉

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    • I imagine you bit your tongue and didn’t correct him. 🙂 That must have been a nice position working on what must have been some very nice property.
      This reservoir, which does not supply our neighborhood, has been the source of some nice reflections. It’s also where I find some nice white lady’s slippers..pinks also.


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