Isolation Antidotes (8): Turtle in the Tumbling Twilight

For my eighth isolation post, let me take you back to a place that helped me to retain my sanity while upper management moved my work group from Omaha, Nebraska, to Washington, DC for nearly the last three years of my career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I found a place to live in northern Virginia with relatively easy access to the end-of-the-line Vienna Metro (subway) station so I could ride into downtown without having to drive in the insane rush-hour traffic. We had discovered a (reasonably) secluded ravine at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park, between Old Rag Mountain and the town of Syria. It was a drive of a bit more than an hour and there was a trail that led up the canyon where the little White Oak river cascaded down. The hike to the top would take several hours, but the lower half was adventurous enough, and it led to a few small waterfalls and this favorite cascade of mine. (Click on the pic for an enlarged view.)

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23 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (8): Turtle in the Tumbling Twilight

  1. Helen Cherry says:

    The leaf just makes this wonderful photo

  2. So calming and beautiful, Gary. The leaf is so well placed it adds to such a perfect vision.

  3. Nice one… Magic of moving waters always surprisingly calming 😊

  4. What a beautiful place. Love the turtle image. 😍

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Sylvia. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. When I went back a year later, the turtle’s head was gone. I guess that someone probably stepped on it while crossing the creek and dislodged it. I’d been hoping to see it again and really was sad to find it not there.

  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Ah, you are beginning to get great vision inspired by Mother Nature! Amazing shot!

  6. Mike Powell says:

    Wow, Gary. This is the kind of shot that really prompts a viewer to linger and explore the entire image. My eyes are immediately drawn to the leaf, but there is so much texture in the rocks in the foreground that I feel compelled to check out the lichen and leaves. My eyes cascade over the rocks as I follow the track of the water in its many diversions. And then I sport the “turtle head,” which draws me to the upper left quadrant. Feeling a little dizzy, I pull back and try to take in the whole image all at once and once again I silently exclaim, “Wow!”

    • krikitarts says:

      What a wonderful compliment, Mike. It has been a treasure ever since I first saw it, and I’ve just reworked for the first time in many years, and am really happy with the new result. I’ve been working on improving my Lightroom knowledge and skills, and it’s starting to pay off. And yes, I agree, that leaf–I keep finding myself thinking that, maybe, I should have removed it after all, since everything else is softly subtle, and it’s like a little firework display. I could always clone it out with Photoshop, but then again, it was one of those moments in time that are worth preserving. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  7. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful image, love the dark tones.

  8. bluebrightly says:

    Islands of sanity…I get it. I worked for the NY State Dept. of Health in lower Manhattan. In desperate need of green outdoor spaces, I discovered several that were only blocks away, believe it or not. They are nothing like this, but oases nevertheless. That leaf sure is well-placed! And it’s fun to see your conversation with Adrian, because I too have moved more toward dark tones because of his influence. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      Yeah, he seems so friendly and harmless but, under that veneer, do you think he’s hatched a devious plot to turn as many of us as he can to the dark side? ;-}

  9. I, too, like the dark tones in this, Gary. And I also agree with Helen that the leaf is a pleasing addition to all that darkness. Glad that you left it there. Your turtle reminds me of my barn owl although not as dark.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Steve, I was pretty sure you’d approve of my joining you in your trend of delving deeper into the dark side. I can certainly see the owl in you linked post, but with that elongated nose, it looks like it could be a character in The Dark Crystal.

      • I hadn’t made that connection but am familiar with the movie, although seen long, long ago. Those were some odd characters. Not all my images will be dark but when appropriate the bright side has some value in this world.

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