Sunday, October 21, 2007

the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River


The banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees (looking for the nearly but not quite nonexistant fall color on Belle Isle in Detroit)

This is one of the many canals on Belle Isle that used to be used for canoing. We call it "the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees." The reason we call it that is because the water in the canal has a kind of murky greyish cast. Because of the reflection, you can't really see the color of the water. (This is a good thing! LOL!)

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21 comments:

Dick said...

Wow, it's like a painting

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks! :-D :-D

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Beautiful! The colors, the place and the shot. :)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Fenix! :-D

We were looking for fall color. I did think this was pretty! :-D

lv2scpbk said...

Wow! Spectacular! Beautiful! Stunning!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

THANKS SO VERY MUCH! YAY! :-D

Lavenderlady said...

Well even if it is a good thing I can't see the water, I think your photo is stunning.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks so much, Lavenderlady! :-D

Erin said...

It is a lovely photo, even if the description is anything but. :-)

Marie said...

Wow, trop belle la photo. J'adore les reflets dans l'eau.....

Clueless in boston said...

Very nice composition and such beautiful color.

Rambling Round said...

Well, you can't tell the water is murky in this photo. Looks pretty clear to me.

Anonymous said...

More than beautiful! Don't have the words ... reflecting on it :)

Which Main? What Cross? said...

woah! what colours!

CrazyCow said...

Beautiful picture.

I don't think our Limpopo river ever looks quite so colourful, not even in autumn.

I love our fever trees, they very pretty.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thank you erin, marie, clueless, rambling,anonymous, which, and crazy cow for you kind, thoughtful and nice comments. Crazy cow, I don't know where you are--but now I have a hint, at least.

Leaf Lady said...

Gorgeous picture. It hardly looks real. What is the quote from, "Elephant's Child"? I SHOULD know.

I clicked on the pictures of Mack Ave., which were very cool, esp. the first because of the blocks of brightish color, and the last because of the three different elements. The CVS, well, it looks too familiar to fully appreciate!!

Will go see

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Leaf Lady. Yeah, I wasn't overly thrilled with the CVS shot.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

The Limpopo was immortalized in the short story "The Elephant's Child" by British author Rudyard Kipling, in the Just So Stories, where it is described as "the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees," where the "Bi-Coloured Python Rock-Snake" dwells. (From Wikipedia)

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

It's the largest river in Africa. I've never seen it, never been to Africa, don't know fever trees, only know the quote, which is striking.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Funny comment, anonymous! LOL! :-D