There’s a 2011 photo of practically the same view as above here.
Pond at the house entrance of “Thornedale,” Millbrook, New York, 1919, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (both photos).
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is a Gunnera manicata pushing its way up through its winter protection. It’s planted at the edge of one of the ponds at the botanical garden of the University of Hohenheim, not far from our neighborhood. (Unfortunately, its plant tag is also somewhere under all those old branches.)
Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Follow Up the 16th of every month.
“If an autochrome was well made and has been well preserved, color values can be very good,” according to the Wikipedia entry on this early color photography technique.
“The dyed starch grains are somewhat coarse, giving a hazy, pointillist effect, with faint stray colors often visible, especially in open light areas such as skies. The smaller the image, the more noticeable these effects are. The resulting “dream-like” impressionist quality may have been one reason behind the enduring popularity of the medium even after more starkly realistic color processes had become available.”
. . . The trees rustle
and whisper, shimmer and hiss.