Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Fish Bins and Miscellaneous Cortezian Treasures

April 8, 2019

In four trips to Cortez this winter I amassed quite a few photographs of fish bins and boat hulls, as well as a few random subjects, as you can see below. The plant growing up the tree is a close relative of the night-blooming cereus. I’ve never seen it bloom, probably partly because it also does so at night. But with stems like these, who needs flowers? (I know, I know.)










I prefer the version with the blue color cast, but this is probably closer to how the refrigerated truck looked:




12 responses

  1. The blue cast is better – and the image above reminds me of the film Alien for some reason! A 🙂


    April 8, 2019 at 6:23 AM

    • I guess sometimes you just don’t worry about color cast. Didn’t see the movie, but I can imagine these plants as something sinister.


      April 8, 2019 at 12:32 PM

      • Re the colour cast, there are two ways of looking at things. One is a thirst for accurate representation, and so to pin sharp, documentary photography, accurately documenting what was in front of the lens. This is objective. But the second is the quest for a “good”/”successful” image, one that delights/draws/confounds the eye, and this is highly subjective – and there may well be no need for blazing colours, super dynamic compositions or sharpness etc – its simply whether the resulting image pleases the eye or not. A 🙂

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        April 9, 2019 at 2:25 AM

  2. Stopped me dead in my tracks. Again. Beautiful. (I also prefer the blue cast.)


    April 8, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    • Thank you, Michael. Hope I didn’t make you late. And thanks for weighing in on the color cast issue.


      April 8, 2019 at 12:34 PM

  3. I liked the blue cast, too, but you started with an outstanding photo, to begin with.


    April 8, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    • Thank you, Ken. I’m such a sucker for reflections. (Hmm. I think I’ve said this before.)


      April 8, 2019 at 2:17 PM

  4. Another marvelous and intriguing collection, but have to say that I adore pelicans… and as bookends no less! Brilliant!


    April 11, 2019 at 3:39 AM

    • Thanks, Gunta. Usually I don’t favor such symmetry (note the flying bird smack in the middle of the sky, too), but this was too appealing to ignore, and I chose this shot from among four other similar ones.


      April 11, 2019 at 8:50 AM

  5. What a treat this is, Linda. I like the variety – all the great abstracts, the last shot, the two reflections, and – last but not least, the stems, oh, those sinuous shapes and the colors! Mmmm! I also like the way #7 & #8 break up the flow, and that one very long rectangle, a specialty of yours.


    April 27, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. I’ve seen plants like these—or I thought they were like these—that didn’t have all the color variety that this plant had. This one was a surprise to me. About the one very long rectangle: that’s what you get when the interesting lines don’t fall the way you would have liked and you don’t like the rest of what you captured in the frame. 😉 And as for the variety, I have to tell you that when I do this big-variety kind of post, I often think of what they told us in journalism school: You shouldn’t put everything into the story that you got in the interviews. That is called “cleaning out your notebook.” But even though I’m hearing this admonition, with this blog, I do it (with photographs) anyway. So there. Glad you approve.


      April 27, 2019 at 7:51 PM

      • Cleaning out your notebook – interesting! I’m sure it’s a good piece of advice. Maybe part of the delight here is knowing that you don’t normally include all the tangents in a post. Maybe that makes it more fun for me. There’s the surprise factor again – I think I’m stuck on it. Yesterday I walked up to a bald (you remember our discussion about that word?) and found an astounding array of tiny wildflowers, seemingly there for the picking, or trampling, but wholly unmolested. So fine! The day before, I saw my first Calypso orchid, a revelation.
        You may enjoy the short article —-


        April 28, 2019 at 11:27 AM

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