12.01.2020 Around and around we go

Here’s another example of why repeated visits offer new opportunities.  I’ve been to the Amethyst Brook Waterfall many times and have posted a few images from there. A couple have included swirls but this was the first with a double. It was a challenge getting something appealing at the right exposure and I tried many.  This seemed to have the best structure.  The others had a globby feel to the foam and bubbles that I didn’t care for but of course that is a taste thing. The other problem was composition.  Balancing the swirls while eliminating as much of the solid white foam on the left as possible meant trying several different perspectives. This seemed the better.

I am certainly glad I wasn’t shooting film as the number of experimental shots would have wasted quite a bit.

At some point you have to decide that you got it or you didn’t and try something else.

Most likely that’s a glacial erratic.  There is evidence of a rock structure nearby but it’s an awfully large rock to have been placed there.  A couple guys and a lever might have but the slope would likely have caused it to roll into the brook.  My theory anyway.

If you’d like to see another unusual swirl click this.


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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24 Responses to 12.01.2020 Around and around we go

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Spectacular falls, rock form, and foam. Great to see this!

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  2. Angela Moyer says:

    Persistance pays off! Beautiful images.

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  3. shungphotography says:


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  4. Great images Steve!


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice shots, Steve, I love the swirls!

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  6. That rock may be a glacial erratic but you proved you’re not a Gingold erratic by succeeding in capturing a double swirl.

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  7. More beautiful cascades to add to your ever-growing wonderful collection! It was worth the experimentation to get the look just right!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Nicely done. I always love seeing the patterns that emerge when using long enough shutter speeds. That 2nd composition is really nice, too. I often wonder about those stray rocks.

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    • Thanks, Todd. This was a little troublesome with the overlapping swirling causing some odd shapes in the foam.

      Possibly the most famous, at least to my limited knowledge, of glacial erratics is found atop South Bubble Mountain in Acadia. Bubble Rock. I believe Steve S has a post from there. I’ve not photographed it myself.


  9. shoreacres says:

    The swirls remind me of a wind map. Fluid dynamics are fluid dynamics! The cross-hatching on the left side of the left swirl’s interesting. The effect of wind, maybe?

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    • Thanks for the link to the wind map. It’s a nice depiction of the motion. There wasn’t much wind and I am fairly sure the crosshatching is caused by the overlapping of the swirls along with the general horizontal movement of the water’s flow.


  10. bluebrightly says:

    That’s quite a fascinating image, Steve, and I like seeing the second one, too. I think you found the “formula” to show both the waterfalls and swirls. My eyes go back and forth among the waterfalls, the swirls, and the trees, too, taking it all in. I’m curious to know what the settings were.

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    I like the “crosshatchings” because they add a layer of complexity and make one wonder.

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  12. Maria says:

    Fantastic Steve!

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