Black Fern?

Photography in a redwood forest presents a challenge in terms of subject matter and lighting. I no longer try to photograph the trees as they are just too large to capture the “sense of their size” in a still photo.  Therefore, I now look for other subjects.

During a recent walk through Muir Woods, I happened to catch this scene on the ground…

A black fern?

No.

It is a shadow…

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What do you see?

Sometimes what one perceives depends upon position and perspective. So, what is this?

  • An exotic new low water plant?
  • A wet sheepskin?

Give it your best shot before scrolling further…

By changing the viewing angle slightly, does it now become clear?

Take a look…

Yes, it is a goose…one of the sentinels in front of the Community Center at Petaluma’s Lucchesi Park…

En vino veritas?

Perhaps. Perhaps not.  However, given a lazy summer afternoon and a little scattered sunlight filtered through the trees, one may capture some “true” or interesting colors in a glass of wine. 

I tried several wines and found that the most photogenic happened to be the Beringer White Merlot…

Looking bit closer towards the bottom of the glass, you may notice the image of a bird…reflected or refracted through the glass…