I was nearly to Buttonwood when I realized that the creek came just about to the road. I pulled over and put on my boots. There was a nice bit of whitewater running so I scrambled down the bank, got the camera out, and began with a number of wide shots. What kept catching my eye however were nicely smoothed cobbles in an adjacent rivulet. The water was cold, shallow, and very clear. I brought the viewfinder to my eye and set autofocus in motion. In an instant the cobbles were sharp so I adjusted the exposure and prepared to release the shutter. Before I could do so the autofocus changed its mind and brought the surface reflections into sharp focus. So, once again, I set the exposure. Before I could capture the shot the point of focus changed again, and then again, and then once more. ‘Enough of this nonsense,’ I thought to myself and switched off the autofocus and determined to do things the old-fashioned way. And, wouldn’t you know it … I couldn’t decide … cobbles or trees … can you?

Anyway, here’s a wider view of this pretty little feeder which flows, 25 miles south, into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.


4 thoughts on “Indecision

  1. I love this … reminds me a bit of Escher’s “Three Worlds.” I sure do miss Pennsylvania woods in the winter.

  2. I like the tree one best … because it gives me a strong sense of both the trees and the stones, whereas in the stone one, the stones overpower the trees. In my opinion. Lovely!

  3. Love how the white water gives the image some movement. You have an eye for finding the right angle to take a shot. Nice work, again! Weather here today was in the 20’s. VERY cold. We lost our electricity for 5 hours due to some high voltage issues. The house was getting pretty chilly by the time they got things up and running! A nice wood stove would have come in handy!

  4. This is another beautiful winter shot. It is gloriously dramatic and powerful. Love it. You truly have an artist’s eye. You aim for the beauty and you capture it every time. Nice work.

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