Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On the Edge

Cypress Swamp, Magnolia Gardens, Charleston, SC  © Doug Hickok


The Lowcountry is on the edge of two seasons... fall is almost over and winter is almost here. We are at the in-between time when one day there is a hint of frost in the air, yet the next day it is a balmy 75 degrees, like it was here today.

But when you are on the edge, in that transition zone... where fall meets winter and land meets water... something special is sure to happen. In this image at Magnolia Garden's cypress swamp, you can see the transition from fall to winter taking place. The cypress trees have lost their needles, revealing their bare limbs draped heavily with Spanish Moss, while another tree basks in the glow of autumn gold. All of this is reflected in the still waters of the swamp, which acts as a mirror to the world around it...
on the edge between reality and fantasy.

37 comments:

  1. Gorgeous reflections. This is a very painterly, beautiful image Doug.

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  2. Good text for this magnificent photo.

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  3. Doug, I love the reflexion! Great Shot!

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  4. Wonderful colors and great reflections

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  5. incredible place, what a beautiful colors, autumn cae be really spectacular!!!! compliments Doug

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  6. Impresionante imagen, bellísima. Saludos.-

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  7. on the edge between a photo and a painting...I love the reflection and the mix of colors in this photo

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  8. Those trees are just dripping with colour and character.

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  9. such a graceful, wistful composition, doug.

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  10. Excelente registo.
    Bons reflexos.
    Gostei.
    Cps. MG

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  11. A picture with lovely colors..... BEAUTIFUL !!

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  12. The colors, the delicacy, the reflections... ethereal! What an amazing scene through your lens!

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  13. Where autumn met winter was
    when Sean married Kristin, right?
    What a lovely union!

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  14. what a mesmerizing place ... one day i'm going to see such a swamp with my own eyes - in the meantime, thanks for letting me partake of its beauty via your photos ... ;-))

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  15. p.s.: the house in charleston must wait a little longer ... all the money has gone into the new car ... ;-))

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  16. A beautiful autumn looking shot with such nice water as a feature. Excellent photo.

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  17. Wonderful image you have created!

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  18. This is a delicious photograph! So beautiful Doug! To answer your question of long ago, no my photo was not taken from a gondola, but from a curve in an alley way in Venice. :)

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  19. So very good Doug--I love this shot. There are so many genuinely pleasing elements. It's difficult to appreciate the scale of these gorgeous trees until we spy the person out for a stroll. The colors, the reflection, the painterly feel--it all comes together splendidly.

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  20. That is a gorgeous picture, thanks for sharing it!

    Sequoia

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  21. This crazy gorgeous. Love it Doug. Nice work.

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  22. so lovely! wonderful reflections

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  23. Looks almost like a painting, very nice capture and processing!

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  24. It's so beautiful and poetric! Love the mood of melancholy of this scene! Great capture!
    Have a nice day.

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  25. The picture is breathtaking (and your description makes it even better).

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  26. Veey very beautifull image.. I love it.

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  27. a most amazing looking tree, and great reflections

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  28. Very nice shot! Great reflections!

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  29. Dripping with Spanish Moss - and photographic style.

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  30. that person there gives this scene a sense of how huge those trees really are.. nice shot.. :)

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