I can’t say this it’s universally true for all swamps/marshes, but I have found that springtime at the Horicon Marsh is especially welcoming and photogenic. Not only are bug levels low, but the vegetation is cropped closer than in mid-summer and the new-growth reeds create interesting lines and patterns.
The patterns and reflections from these silhouettes look like a cross between some sound oscillation scope and Asian character sets. More open water reflects evening colors for more drama.
Photography is simply the capturing of light….right?. Sometimes what makes a photograph appealing to me is not the light captured but the mood or suggestion created by the selective use of darkness.
Strong contrast or embellished dark space can create interesting patterns or strong focus on light areas.
Seattle has so much going for it. The city offers most everything you’d like including great food, an interesting cultural diversity and a downtown area I find attractive in many of the same ways as San Francisco. On top of all that, you can drive 40 minutes east of downtown Seattle and you’re in the mountains and temperate rainforests. Here are two pictures of Snoqualmie Falls, a short drive from Seattle. The falls is outside of Snoqualmie, a town that seems too cute to be able to afford. If the falls look familiar, you may remember them from the intro to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks television series in the early 1990’s.
This is a view from Telegraph Hill (approaching Coit Tower) looking at Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral and Russian Hill in the background. Look at one striking view in San Francisco and you’re likely to find another when you turn around.
This view of Coit Tower was at my back as I took the photo at the top of this posting.