Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Different Kind of Vortex

I'm pretty certain this is the gateway to another dimension. (though it could also be the result of the oils of decomposing matter, a really nutrient or mineral rich area, bacteria consuming iron, etc. My guess is something to do with decomposing matter as there is an insane amount of downed trees, old and new, in this area. Thanks to Tony and Jason for their ideas too!)
The first photo was taken about 3 hours later than the other two, closer to sunset. There were 5-6 other small pond type areas in the same area that had the same crazy different dimension thing going on, but this particular one was the most dramatic. I have more photos with the later afternoon light that I'll save for another day. It was definitely trippy....Side note, I wonder what the photos would look like if I had a polarizing filter?
* I 'm confident this is natural, not human caused nonsense for once. It's probably the least human impacted place I've been in Mississippi (there's not many). * Watery Wednesday Weekend Reflections

50 comments:

Janie said...

That is a fascinating effect. Must be oil on the water, but it looks like swirled paint. Great captures!

biobabbler said...

oh, wow. Those are amazing!

jason said...

The more I think about it, the more I think it really is from aliens. At least that's a more interesting explanation!

But no matter the cause, it sure is cool.

Mama Zen said...

Whoa! These are really cool!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very interesting set of images and the top one with the later afternoons light shows more depth and not as much of the transparency of the bottom two. Jill, I hope that you can find out what it is that caused this, really makes for great photography~

Ebie said...

Wowee, in its superlative! Amazing photos!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Oh, my! These are phenomenal! Absolutely beautiful!

Randi said...

That is amazing! The colors are so rich. Love these shots.

Judy said...

I really cannot choose a favourite! They are all incredible! I can only tell you that it is some sort of an oil slick, and I don't know enough about decomp to tell if that is what is causing the oil. I just love the colours, and the reflections of the trees!

joey said...

Wow, very cool, Jill, and what a find. Will be anxious to see the rest!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Yes, great photos - looks like an oil effect, alas; hope it isn't and that one can dream away!

ewok1993 said...

how artistic that is. i too vote for a vortex - to some exciting other world.

EG Wow said...

Hmmm. I think it's kinda scary...pretty, but scary.

Frank said...

Definitely a facinating dimension.

Barb said...

Gosh - Nature's oil paints! Those are fabulous photos.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I posted similar (but not as colorful) pictures on my blog long ago and got comments suggesting water pollution. I knew it wasn't that but didn't have the knowledge to defend the waters. Thank you for putting a positive spin on this display by nature.

Steve Borichevsky said...

I've seen these oils on samll, mud puddle scale, but nothing this large!

Honey at 2805 said...

What an interesting effect. It does look as if oil could be in the water, swirling around. Very nice!

Donnie said...

They are just gorgeous. Nature sure surprises us at times.

xinex said...

Very iinteresting and so amazing!...Christine

Woody said...

I'm the first one to groan at a bad pun, but that's pretty slick ;-)

I'll just admire the entrance to this new dimension rather than jumping in to explore, there's probably some nasty gators in there.

I really do like the colors. I'm really curious about the polarizer. I'm thinking it would reduce the amount of color.

Gaelyn said...

Wow, I at first thought pollution. Doesn't look real otherwise. Natural oil slick is new for me. Great shots!

Light and Voices said...

I would call these images Thinking Outside of the Box. Good job!
Joyce M

Siddhartha Joshi said...

These are beautiful...didn't know this could happen just naturally as well! ]

As kids we used to put oil during monsoon to see similar effects :)

Will said...

That looks unreal! I hope it is indeed natural and not pollutants.

Luna Miranda said...

wow, these are fascinating! i love the effect...a gateway to another dimension, indeed.:p

Arija said...

Stunning effects, a little like Newton rings only softer.
Fascinating, I await the next lot.

indicaspecies said...

Dramatic indeed. Fascinating shots.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a cool capture. Amazing swirls of color.

Jane said...

Wow, amazing iridescense I have never seen it in that quantity before. Lovely shot, thanks for sharing:)

anemonen said...

Wow stunning colours.

Gengen said...

So beautiful and the colors really wow! Happy WW!

LV said...

Amazing photography work.

Tammie Lee said...

incredibly wonderful. so glad to hear that you don't think it is an oils spill of some type. just love these photos!

Meri said...

Spectacular light and colors.

Pat Tillett said...

That is pretty eerie looking! Nice shots...

Sylvia K said...

Really terrific, fascinating captures as always, Jill! It does indeed looked like swirled paint or watercolors! Ah, yes, or maybe aliens!! I love them whatever! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

Joanne said...

Very cool!

Karen said...

Fantabulous! Great captures. Looks like "The Moon Pool".

Carolyn Ford said...

Aliens did it for sure! What a great effect and so colorful. Stirring it with a stick would give unlimited designs...kool find, Jill!

Dianne said...

incredibly beautiful
I think I'll believe it's another dimension

Fabien said...

Superbes clichés, les effets sont impressionnants

James said...

That is so cool! The colors and reflections come together to make wonderful photos.

'Tsuki said...

Those colors are insane ! The first shot is really stunning... You are my winner for the weekend contest.

Kim, USA said...

This is very impressive love it!

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jeannette said...

Beautiful beautiful! And so think 75 other people:)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Wow !!!!!!!
Questa foto è magnifica e magica :)))
Buona serata :)
Myriam

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

With the blogging community we are lucky to see the curiosities of the world in one screen. Everything from documentary photojournalism to side-show circus all rolled up into this one photo. I love color and lots of it, especially novel combinations. This photo captures it. It reminds me of the solution the Italians mix up to make those marbleized book covers.

awarewriter said...

Wonderful colors Jill. Another dimension? Yes -- could be.

KaHolly said...

WOW!! Very impressive.