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Cottonwood #6 | by Steve Hopson
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Cottonwood #6

An underwater photo of the Cottonwood tree that once shaded Deep Eddy Pool in Austin. The tree was later cut down as a hazard to park visitors as it was 80 years old and was dropping limbs. The name, Cottonwood #6, was given the tree by the arborists as they prepared to cut down all the Cottonwoods at the pool. I used to love to sit up on its trunk and watch the sunset.

 

This photo and two others in the series was featured in the New American Talent exhibit sponsored by Arthouse Texas.

 

To make the photo, I hung underwater in the clear, cold, springfed waters of the pool in February when the other trees had no leaves to block the setting sun. The clear, direct light of the setting sun reflected off the pool surface and illuminated the trunk and branches. The rainbow colors were caused by the prismatic action of the water's surface.

  

All photos Copyright 2005, Steve Hopson.

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Taken on May 14, 2012