What? No sinuous smoke-dances curling across the page?

We will return to industrial grit shortly but I was so delighted with this picture, that I had to share immediately.

This is on East Shore Drive where it passes between Bay Beach and the Wildlife Sanctuary.  Every time I see this orange barrel in the snow I think “I really need to stop and catch this picture.” So, a few days ago, on my way to shoot some more towers and steam, I did just that.

Fast forward a couple of days and I am playing with this shot and it has turned out much better than I’d thought it would. I blow it WAY up and see all these small-but-bright color flashes scattered through the trees. “Oh, poo,” thought I. “Some kind of lens flaring? Tropical birds? Gang turf marking?”

By the time I checked out the third brilliant blip, it was my Eureka! moment.

View this as large as you can on your screen and check out the yellow spots in the trees.

bobber time

If you can read the sign posted near the lagoon, you will see that this is designated as an “urban fishing” spot and trust me, these banks have lots of folks fishing from them all summer long.

Recognize those yellow and red things now?

This picture makes me genuinely happy and every time I look at it, I break out in a smile. I’m going to go back and try to shoot it same-but-better, but I suspect that the serendipity factor just can’t be improved upon.

  1. Marjorie says:

    Oh for joy! And a great exercise in seeing. Using your method of microscoping the image, I see an amazing abstraction in the tree bark and there’s……and then there is………..and then there is…..Thank you for paying attention

  2. sedge808 says:

    the snow makes for a fab photo.
    love the orange too.

  3. Karen Taylor says:

    Red and white are so beautiful, and the yellow surprise is like opening a box of Cracker Jacks. There is a prize in every box.

  4. Jane Lurie says:

    Ha! Had to peek at the answer. Great shot!

  5. Lignum Draco says:

    I can feel your excitement. Looks like the lures worked on you. 🙂

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