Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:09

Reflecting Upon Rhode Island

Its 787 acres include five extremely diverse habitats from forest to beach, with grass field, tall shrubland, and red maple swamp in between. It has the only salt pond on the Ocean State's entire coast that does not have a developed shoreline, providing an undisturbed home for almost 300 species of birds, including temporary lodging and food for numbers (31 species) of migratory waterfowl as well. These statistics are enough to make it special, but it is the small farm pond on the northern end that always draws me to Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Its quiet waters, filled with water lilies and bordered by lovely old red maples make it, for me, a creative haven, not to mention a chance to observe, from the viewing platform or the dock, frogs and turtles hard at work below my feet.

A focal length of 217mm - upper end of short telephoto - gave me the angle-of-view I wanted to isolate elements and relationships shown. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and along with an ISO of 200 gave me a shutter speed of 1/4th second, fast enough to still most of the surface tension on the water.

The beauty of Trustom Pond is a wonderful jewel sitting astride the ocean's edge. Rhode Island may be small, but its treasures are world-class.


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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 09 February 2018 08:14 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all very much for joining me for this conversation. I thought perhaps we had been through enough snow and ice for a bit, and somehow that brought to mind the colorful autumns of Rhode Island with its small, but active and beautiful, wildlife refuges, the jewel of which, in my humble estimation, Trustom Pond, that wonderful piece of oceanside farmland. I'm really glad all of you reacted to its beauty in ways reflecting mine.
    Hey, Donald. It's great to hear from you! Scenes from Trustom always remind me of the adventures we shared with you in the Ocean State. There are lots of ways to enjoy reflections, but creating this one followed pretty much as you have described: putting together a "which is what", piece-by-piece. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
    Hi, Nancy T. To carry forward what I just mentioned to Don, I agree completely: It's about relationships, the intermingling of actual and reflection in ways that say it really doesn't matter which is which, for at some point they all co-exist regardless. And because there are so many possibilities, there are almost endless ways of expressing all of this with an image. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful observations.
    Hi, Karen. Thank you for joining us. When I was deciding which of the reflections to share this morning, I very much thought of you and the image you had chosen for your felt-work project and for a print. I'm very glad you can juxtapose this with the snow that has fallen on Wisconsin and enjoy the both of them together. I hope the surgery went well and you are on your way to a complete healing. You have so much more creative work left to do.
    Hey, Ray. It is always a pleasure to hear from you and to read your thoughtful interpretations of the Image. I really appreciate your three-layered examination of this image. It nicely adds details to the which-is-what puzzles that Don and Nancy suggested. Indeed, is was a wonderful blue-sky day on that morning and rather than be frustrated about the absence of cloudforms, I was looking for ways to incorporate what the day was offering. Color complementarities seemed to offer opportunities. I hope all is well with you.
    Hey, JWarren (somehow "Warren" just isn't enough to describe you). I had to chuckle at your thought process because it somehow reminded me of a Jeopardy answer/question. Isn't is so true that nature's colors never clash? She manages to pull together just the right tones and hues so that what is present meshes with whatever else is presence in ways to make us amazed and appreciative of the whole and the parts. I'm delighted you resonated with this one.
    Creating reflections not only gives us ways to appreciate the world of abstraction, but it also encourages us to think about the interface of the actual and the imagined in ways that give us wonderful insights into the world of "seeing."
    Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link jwarren... Sunday, 04 February 2018 23:50 posted by jwarren...

    After settling my senses from the overload of unfamiliar beauty and form, I realized it was a combination of things native to water, reflections from plants growing on the water's edge, and a sprinkling of reflected sky to round out the color of the pond. The texture, the color, and the unusual mixture of subjects make a natural abstract that, as in all of nature, has an array of colors that never clash.

    Bravo! One can spend hours experiencing this photograph while beginning to understand the real and the reflected captured in a single place.

  • Comment Link Ray Foote Sunday, 04 February 2018 17:41 posted by Ray Foote

    Don, three things I really like about this image. First, the inverted nature of it. It's whimsical and fun to see the tree trunks (that we know point UP) to be shooting downward through the frame. Second, the multi-layered effect, esp with the tree trunks behind the lily pads -- wonderful depth and intrigue. Third, those vivid flecks of blue! Thank you for this image, and for your meditation on the wonder of small places. Have a great week. Ray

  • Comment Link Karen Geiken Sunday, 04 February 2018 12:04 posted by Karen Geiken

    What a wonderful contrast I am enjoying this Sunday morning...a four inch snow fall in southeastern WI and your colorful reflection taken in RI. If you recall it was the waterlily pond I requested when doing my felt picture as well as having your Rhode Island reflection framed for my home. What a thrill for me to once again see another version of Trustom Pond. I am recovering following back surgery so I value this unexpected treat! Thank you Don!

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 04 February 2018 11:50 posted by Nancy Tripp

    This is a colorful Sunday morning puzzle. It took me a while to figure out what I thought what was real and what was a reflection. Then I realized it doesn't matter if it is a reflection or not. This is about Mother Nature mixing it up a little showing us the relationships between the trees, sky, water, and everything in between. The results is a beautiful display of contrasting colors, lines and shapes painted on the pond. Based on the sprinkles of blue, it looks like a beautiful day. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 04 February 2018 10:16 posted by Donald Newsom

    Wow! There's a beautiful interplay between the directly seen and the reflected elements, and between the many patches of contrasting colors. I always come to Image for the Asking first thing on Sunday morning; so today, my brain enjoyed playing a waking-up puzzle of "Which is what?"

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