Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tropical vegetation at the San Jose del Cabo estuary.

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“Nuthatch Smile”

“Nuthatch Smile”

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”
― Maya Angelou

I posted a nuthatch image a few weeks ago bt could not resist this one, sitting at my impromptu feeder (the base of a flower pot).

Birds have been very active lately and I’ve started to put seeds out on a regular basis for them, between squirrel invasions 😦

It’s odd for me, seeing a nuthatch sitting like this. When I see them in the forest, they are always hanging upside down, as the walk up and down the tree trunks in search of food, and I wonder if it feels odd to them to be right side up?

Anyways, this one sat still for me for a few seconds before darting off again and the soft light was just right to light him up. There’s a beautiful reflection in his eye and he does seem to have a mischievous smile, thus the title of the image.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Incomplete”

“Incomplete”

“Make decisions even with incomplete info. You’ll never have all the info you need. What matters is what you do with the info you have.”
― Ziad K. Abdelnour

This is the final image in the series.

Much to my disappointment, the final bud seems to be wilting and is unlikely to open. The resilience of the first blossom continues to surprise me, as it really has not changed a lot in the past few days. The leaves, as you can see, are starting to show some decline and are starting to yellow, despite having fresh water each day.

It has been an interesting experience watching, photographing , and documenting this flower over the past few days. Yet, it does make me look forward to spring and some wildflowers, but that’s a few months of yet.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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“February Thaw”

“February Thaw”

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.

Not that year.

Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard; the world remained unfriendly and cold.”
― Neil Gaiman

February has been an odd one here on Southern Ontario. After the snows of December, we had a gradual melt-freeze-melt cycle which left the ground essentially bare at the start of the month, with the occasional ice patch.

Last week, the snows returned and we have had some significant accumulations and a lot of drifting. One recent storm caught me off guard and had e driving through white-out conditions a few times, something I have not experienced for years and a not so gentle reminder that I do live in Canada.

One of the side benefits of these melt cycles is the beautiful icicles which form on days where the snow just begins to melt and then freezes up again. It’s even nicer when the sun break through and lights them up for me. It’s especially nice to see the sun because this winter we have had record days of cloud cover, which from a photographer’s standpoint is not a bad thing, but I do miss the sun’s warmth and brightness. I am looking forward to continued warming and the inevitable spring.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/100 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100

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“Ivory Mist”

“Ivory Mist”

“Hidden by diaphanous clouds of mist and fog floating gracefully over vales of heather and flowing runnels, she began to dance.”
― Lawren Leo

It would appear that I got carried away with the spay bottle.

Between making images of the lily, I did spend some time with the creamy-white roses that are also part of the bouquet. This particular blossom has been a bit slower to open than its counterparts and just appeals to me a bit more.

It was going to be my Valentine’s Day image, but with so many other flowers to share, this one was relegated to my second choice, and so, is being shared today.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Maturing”

“Maturing”

“Life isn’t static, and sometimes, we don’t realize the value of knowledge or even of people, until further down the track, when we’re mature enough to truly understand.”
― Nalini Singh

Watching this lily mature has been an interesting process for me. Photographically, because I’m trying to keep the image attributes consistent, without leaving my camera set up, as well as from an observation standpoint, as I watch a natural process unfold day by day, looking for the slight differences between the images.

When I first purchased the bouquet that this lily came from, it was closed tight and I focused on the roses,carnations, and spider dahlias. Then overnight, the lily took my attention, and held it. I watched the first blossom expand, followed a few days later by a slightly smaller flower. The first image was posted a few days ago, if you care to look.

In this image, I’m starting to see the first blossom’s petals curl a bit more and the small bud below the other two flowers is beginning to whiten. I’m hoping to see all three in bloom at the same time.

I did enhance this image a little bit by lightly misting the blossoms, simply for a change. We’ll see what tomorrow brings 🙂

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Progression”

“Progression”

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

This is the continued documentation of a lily I recently purchased as it opens. Hopefully, at some point soon, all three blossoms will be opened.

As you can see on this image versus yesterday’s post, the second blossom is now starting to open and the original flower is still holding up very well.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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