Subjects of mystery art photos for “O” stories voting revealed

The voting for The Alphabet Challenge “O” Stories round will close tomorrow at noon (Central Time). The writers were pleased to see an increase in the number of votes cast. For a while, we thought we’d been forgotten, what with the elections, hurricanes, fires, riots, protests, and empty promises by politicians who know very little about the needs of their citizens.

But, no . . . voters came through and turn this into a respectable voting round. Thank you..   

. . . even so, for old times sake, if you’ve not already done so — please read the stories and then cast a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge O-Stories” are HERE.<<link

So, yesterday I posted two quick “Topaz-fied” photos . . . and here are the originals (plus more) . . .

You can understand why I chose to amplify structure and color . . . in their natural state, these are pretty bland. Still interesting, but bland.

Here’s the other photo . . .

In case you haven’t recognized them, these be the remnants of Water Lilies, or Nymphaeaceae.

Of course, you might be more use to seeing them like this:

The ones I saw on Crab Orchard Lake were a bit less attractive but still interesting.

These are all processed the same way, but the angle of the shot, where the sun is relative to the camera, and thin passing clouds make for different lighting conditions.

Anyway, earlier this year, this was an open space of water, not a plant in sight. Then, sometimes in July, I happened to drive by and this portion of the lake was covered win plants to the point you could not see any water.

I don’t remember it doing that last year. Rather, last year the plants were confined to a few coves. Anyway, last week we went for a drive and I planned to snap a photo of all the plants . . . except, they are all dead and rotting away.

I’m not sure if they treated the water to kill them (unlikely in the refuge) or if it’s a natural part of the plant’s life cycle and it was their time to rot.

To give an idea of how large this area is . . .

In the first photo, the threes are about a half-mile from me. At the farthest, nearly one-and-a-half-mile. Here’s the area in question . . .

Obviously, since those leaves are normally floating, the water level dropped. Again, I don’t know if that was done by someone (some agency) managing the lake or if it’s due to the slight drought we went through in the past six weeks or so.

I can tell you that this next photo is the boat launch (the road is just off-camera to the right) . . . not that any boats would have much fun going through all that.

Anyway, water lilies.

The SmugMug Gallery of these reminders photos is HERE<<<Link. The details are even better there than here.

For them who have already read and voted, a different kind of treat . . .

. . . HERE<<link is a link to a post comparing the Samsung Note II camera to the Nikon D7000 for travel/vacation photography.

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