I never reblog a post from any other blog. But this photo fascinates me. When I saw it, I had absolutely no idea what the heck Dave had found. He’s a farmer, a scientist, a professor, a superb photographer, and heaven only knows what else.  The professor in him explains more than you probably ever wanted to know. But, if you’re interested in almost anything, you can probably find it at Farmer’s place. Guess what this is, and then read what it actually is! Chuckle…



I don’t often think of water as having texture. The picture shows a little flume, at Ravensburg State Park, where the stream was directed through a channel formed by large rocks. If the water had been higher, the flume would not have been there … if it had been lower, the flume would, perhaps, have been even more dramatic. I could discern eddies, cascades, and turbulence. I could also see evidence of uninterrupted flow. Where water pitched down over one rock or climbed another, turbulence drew air into the mix. If I fixed my graze on a particular spot, the pattern of splash and bubble was chaotic. Other areas were perfectly smooth and seemed unchanging. Something of a paradox, since water continued to move through such areas. Like a standing wave, there was movement without apparent movement until, of course, a twig or piece of ice or slush was caught…

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    • Other-worldly sort of image, I thought. Leave it to Farmer to find interesting stuff. You should see the images of the sheep and lambs and all of the things he sees on the farm in PA. Quite the eye, his. When is my snowman changing to RoSy’s bikini? 😉

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  1. Wonderful George! I’m so glad you re-blogged this shot of the water “plume,” along with the complex, but easy-to-understand explanation. Dave sounds like a lovely combination of scientist and poet, a bit like you!

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    • Ah, thanks, Elisa. He’s what I call a “new frontier” farmer. He and his wife, Joanna, are the finest of people. His blog is always interesting. You can’t visit without learning something! 🙂 And, he is something of a poet, sure enough!


  2. Absolutely beautiful image, George, I can well understand your fascination for it. And I know what you mean about reblogs – but this is certainly worth reblogging! I hope you’re doing fine, my dear. I’ve had minor surgery on my nose but its healing fine – tho I’ll be glad to lose the bandages! Take good care of yourself. Adrian xxx

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    • NO surgery on the nose is minor. I hope it’s okay by now. There is no predicting what Farmer will photograph next. Check him out. His blog is interesting to say the least and you’ll appreciate the photography. Hope you are well, too, Adrian. Thank you!


    • Yes! He’s 5′ 10″ tall and wears a size 13 shoe, the same as his Dad wears. Jeremy is 6′ 5″, so Charlie will be very tall. He’s going to be 12, yes, twelve years old, on April 29. It’s a miracle that he looks normal and well-proportioned having grown so fast. His dad grew that fast too. And he is the sweetest kid. 🙂

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      • Dear George I thought he looked full grown, but 5’10” at eleven, I am sure he’s got some more growing to do! So happy that you have such a fine family.


    • You’re on the wrong page, Naomi. Chuckle… Love it. Sounds like me! I think I replied to this on the right page. Thank you. He really is grown up for his age and a real sweetheart boy. Thanks!

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  3. This not only fascinates, it mesmerizes. I keep staring at it wondering if it’s a macro shot, a distance shot, whether it’s far away scenery or some closeup of something unusual. The “wisps” add an aura of mystery. This could easily be a painting at an art gallery or a photo at an exhibit. It’s that good.

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    • I don’t know how big the stream is or how close he was, but it’s obviously a time-lapse shot. He was very clever to choose a spot where the stream moves in interesting ways. He could tell us the specifics. The light through the water in time-lapse creates such an other-worldly effect. Great photograph, I agree. 🙂


    • Hey there Ray (?), and thanks for the ‘thumbs up’ on this image. It was taken at 0.8 seconds, f/22, 62 mm (24-70), ISO 100. Although I had been using a neutral density filter that day, I don’t believe that I had it on for this shot. I did use a polarizer however. The thing was minimally processed with Adobe Lightroom and cropped just a tiny bit. The distance to the subject may have been 18″ or so … close enough to have to worry about water spots on the lens! Thanks again for you very supportive comments. D

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      • Well, I was wrong about the time lapse. But, it surely looks like one. At least to my very untrained eye. 🙂 Maybe I’m the only person alive who didn’t immediately recognize what it is. When I saw the top little stream of water over the rock, I knew what it was, but the light is so gorgeous and the white lines look like those time lapse photos of cars moving along city streets. Duh, George. Chuckle… I’m still loving it. 🙂

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    • Dave is a really great photographer. He and Joanna live on a farm in Pennsylvania. Look at his blog. It’s filled with the most interesting photographs and stories about the farm. I call them “progressive farmers”! 🙂 Beautiful animals and a gorgeous setting for a farm!



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