A shallow pool

As summer progresses and the snow melts, up high in the Alps, most melt water runs off down to the valley floors, but some remains trapped in shallow pools.

This past summer, on days when there was no busting hurry, I found considerable pleasure in drifting off the path to find pools like this one. Cloudy shallow water, rich in glacial sediment, with rocks that speckled the surface. I spent quite a few minutes here, gently pottering around the edge, searching for nature’s compositions. Enjoying the challenge and feeling totally relaxed.

We all need rewarding days like this.



About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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21 Responses to A shallow pool

  1. Dina says:

    Indeed we do!
    That’s a beautiful setting, Andy. A perfect natural compostition.

  2. Not only do I enjoy your excellent photograph (composition found!), but I resonate with the description of your experience, Andy. Glad you had that time—and told us about it.

  3. Sue says:

    Great composition, Andy!

  4. paula graham says:

    Wonderful colour palette and yes, it is easy to lose all track of time when doing something you truly like.

  5. bluebrightly says:

    We do all need days like that, even when traveling – maybe especially when traveling. I enjoyed reading about it. And the photo is a beautiful study of rock and water.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Lynn. When we travel we always have to strike a compromise between the need to fit as much in as possible and the desire to explore in detail. On this latest holiday it was the detail that was the more satisfying.

      • bluebrightly says:

        For me, the opposite – I confess I was cramming a lot in to my trip to New York – I wish I could go more often. But I did still see plenty of details – I just didn’t spend much time with them. I’m glad I have the photographs to help me remember, and I’m glad I have yours to look at, to see new places and be inspired, too.

        • LensScaper says:

          Our holidays in BC, Canada and California were superb experiences. We covered a huge area and despite the hurry and the limited time it is still possible to capture detail, but I found that very sporadic. It’s so difficult to get the mix right when you are on a planned fly-drive where you never stay more than one night on a single place

  6. shoreacres says:

    I don’t remember ever seeing water that looks precisely like this. On the one hand, I don’t find the gray cast particularly attractive, but on the other, its very neutrality and opaqueness makes it a fine setting for the rocks. The subtle variations in the rocks’ colors become more apparent.

  7. Meanderer says:

    Pottering near water is a wonderfully meditative activity and one I enjoy very much. I love the way the stones appear to be jumping out of this very calming image.

    • LensScaper says:

      There is certainly something very calming about water, and thrilling too at times. The way these stones pierced the surface, like icebergs, with a very defined ‘edge’ was what I found so attractive. I’m quite sure I will be back in this area of the Alps another summer and I will look forward to exploring similar places.

  8. Chillbrook says:

    We certainly do Andy. I love this photograph and the abstract feel of it!

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