A Photo for Friday

"Fall Colors in Abstract"


“Fall Colors in Abstract”

November 6, 2021

Talladega National Forest/Cheaha Wilderness Area (Alabama)

FILED UNDER: Photo for Friday, Photography
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. mattbernius says:

    Seriously Barb, are you ok? You’re trolling a photo thread. This feels like a cry for help…

  2. CSK says:

    Barb, this isn’t a thread about trolling liberals. It’s supposed to be about aesthetic/technical reactions to Steven Taylor’s photo. You’re being silly.

  3. Kathy says:


    Maybe he wants some OTB jail to go with the FB jail.

    Back on topic, it looks like an impressionistic painting.

  4. mattbernius says:

    So… you are locked out of Facebook for reasons and you decide to revisit OTB to keep trolling folks.

    I’m really sorry for you. That honestly doesn’t sound like a particularly happy life, bouncing from site to site getting banned. I hope things get better for you and you can stop this compulsive behavior. It’s awful to live with that much anger in your heart.

  5. CSK says:

    I can’t speak for Dean Taylor, but that seem to have been his intent.

  6. @Kathy: The waters and reflections made we think of Monet, TBH.

  7. @barbintheboonies:

    Yes I am in FB jail again so I am here doing my civic duty trolling liberals. Are you afraid of another opinion? I think that is called Fascism.

    If you are going to try and turn a photo of fall colors reflected in a creek in some attempt for “trolling liberals” I would suggest that you are proving the point that is sometimes made about many on the modern right: that really all they care about is “owning the libs” rather than having anything substantive to say.

    TBH, I think this dates back to at least Limbaugh (and his “demonstrating absurdity by being absurd” schtick) and has evolved into a substanceless performance whose goal is solely to rile opponents. But how can you have opponents (i.e., someone who holds ideas you oppose) if you really have nothing of substance that you are defending? “trolling the liberals” especially in such a contextless situation as a photo of reflected leaves in a stream si a truly sad way to manifest your “civic duty” as you see it.

    No wonder you are in FB jail.

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: A couple years ago I went to the Daniel Boone home in St Charles County. I came across some old glass (100+ years old) windows in a recovered building and took some pics of the reflections in the glass. Very Monet like.

    FTR, I like the above pic.

  9. @OzarkHillbilly: Thanks!

  10. de stijl says:

    We had a very delayed autumn this year – almost no rain in August and September and unseasonably warm overnight temps in September and most of October.

    When leaves should have turned and fell they held on green. Well, sickly green with yellow undertones.

    Then everything went bonkers in one week. About three or four weeks later than “normal” – it’s as if climate change was real.

    Autumn is a process. A letting go. All things must die. Autumn is also a smell. A feeling. A color.

    We, in more northerly latitudes have a wider fall palette. Psychedelic yellows, rusty browns, shocking scarlets, ominous ochres.

    I once spent a late fall/early winter in Dallas. I hated it. It was not how the transition from fall to winter should look and feel like.

    It was dishearteningly gradual. Autumn should kick your head. The slow fade was flaccid and lame.