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“Out of the Blue”

“Out of the Blue”

“Blue offers up a tranquility which belies its true appearance.” 
― Anthony T. Hincks

This second post today is outside of my “Golden Paths” series, but part of the same timeframe. Exiting from the bright, golden forest, I found myself sitting on the bank of a pond, simply drinking in the sun’s warmth and enjoying the afternoon light. Next to me was this milkweed seed pod, burst open and dispensing its cargo of seeds into the breeze.

I made a few shots from different angles, which is often my practice when photographing singular subjects, since different angles also offer different and sometimes unexpected and beautiful light. In this case. the image with the water of the pond as a backdrop offered the best composition, the blue being so dark and rich, brightened by the expanding weave of the bright white seed  filaments or “floss” as it is often named. The seed pod really shines, out of the blue, highlighted in brights golds reflected from the inner walls of the pod.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100

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“Chicory Blossom Meetup”

“Chicory Blossom Meetup”

“The blues of summer,
flowers and bright skies.
Days of warmth and laughter,
and lakefront evening sighs.”
– Ed Lehming

This seems to be season of the hoverfly. They are everywhere I look. Not that’s a bad thing, by any means, they are an interesting insect and quite colourful too. Though, I have yet to photograph one in flight.

I found this pair while photographing a chicory blossom a few days ago. The one seems to be as deep into the flower as it can go, perhaps that’s where the nectar is to be found? It made for an interesting image, since it also gives a nice side view of the other hoverfly.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0 ISO 200

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“Perching Blue”

“Perching Blue”

“There are 365 days in a year and you will meet all the colours of life throughout the year: The blue, the black, the pink… Only blue is not a life, only pink is not a life, only black is not a life! Life is all the colours!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

The outdoors is filled with unexpected gifts. As I set out to photograph the Lady Slipper Orchids last Saturday, that was my only goal. I had no intention of stopping on the way in, nor on my way out of the forest where they grow. I suppose such is the nature of a fixed agenda, no room for anything else.

As those who follow this blog on a regular basis will have noticed, there has been a recent shift from flowers to insects. Fear not, I will continue with flowers as well, but there have been great opportunities presented to photograph some of the local wildlife, primarily insects as well. I photograph because I enjoy being able to share my experiences and learn new things along the way.

One of those learning opportunities occurred when I photographed this “Blue”, or more precisely, a Spring Azure butterfly. These tiny, quick moving, and skittish butterflies are often sitting on the trail, but seldom stick around long enough to photograph. This one was considerate enough to pose on a blade of grass, long enough to get this image, as well as a side shot, which helped me identify it when I got home.

The learning piece of the story comes from having a clear macro image of the butterfly, revealing the fine blue hairs on it’s torso and being able to see the tiny, blue, iridescent scales on its wings, which give it that slightly metallic look. If I had to do it again, I would have narrowed the aperture a bit more, but I was also fighting a breeze that day, which limited me to a higher shutter speed and I did not want to bump the ISO much more.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/500 sec, f/11.0 ISO 400

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“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-Me-Not”

“Forget-me-nots… She loved those flowers more than any other in their big beautiful garden or in the whole wide world for that matter. They were sky blue, just like his eyes, they held a promise… Forget me not.”
― Melanie Sargsian

Well, here I am, back to living flowers. It can be partially attributed to the rain finally letting off, for today at least. It’s been terribly wet this spring, and even as I write, sun streaming in my window, dark clouds loom to the west, so it may be a short-lived reprieve.

I did take the opportunity this morning to step into the yard and snap a few photos of my early bloomers. Amongst the planted flowers, I keep getting clumps of Forget-Me-Nots. “Volunteers” from a previous neighbour, I usually weed them out quickly after their first blooming, lest they take over. Such a beautiful, delicate little flower, yet prolific in seeds.

Since the morning light was soft and indirect, I was able to keep the background a bit more muted. Along the theme of my studio work, I like to be able to isolate the blossoms, so that I can focus on them alone, without visual distractions in the background. In this  case, I believe it also compliments the image and adds a bit of mood to the scene.

Of course, shooting outdoors, with even a very slight breeze, required a faster shutter speed and wider aperture to keep the image crisp.

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

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Delicate Blues”

“Delicate Blues”

“In this delicate and unpredictable life, the future is unwritten. Do not take someone for granted today, for once tomorrow dawns upon the indigo night the only remaining trace will be tracks in the sand…”
― Virginia Alison

I find myself once more, considering the delicate beauty of the Siberian Squill that grows in my gardens. Since I made the original image of the stunning blue blossoms a few days I keep going back to them with new appreciation.

A few days back, I photographed the flowers at the end of the day, when they had closed for the evening. The bright blue colour still dominated the frame and the fine structures of teh stem showed a bit more.

It’s interesting how we take simple things, like these small flowers for granted, without taking the time to see them closer and appreciate the things that can only be observed when proper time is spent with them. Very much like how we interact with people in this crazy, busy world. Like the flowers, their time with us may be brief. When they are gone, all that remains are memories, many of which, if we consider them carefully are not fully representative of the full person. Something for me to consider.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.5 sec, f/32.0 ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Siberian Squill”

“Siberian Squill”

“If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions of a verdant heart.”
― Russell Page

It’s definitely not the most attractive name for this spring garden standard, but there you have it. In my area, there are a few rural properties where the entire yard is filled with this delicate blue flower, albeit for only a few short days, till they die off and grass dominates once more.

We have a small cluster of them in our front gardens and they are among the first signs of life in that particular flower bed. Fine grass-like leaves emerge for the cold ground, and after a few days of milder temperatures, the flowers appear.

I have to admit, this is yet another of those ‘taken for granted’ items that I have never taken the time to really look at, so it made a great subject to bring into the studio for a macro view. After the first set up shot, I looked at my camera screen and was stunned at how magnificently beautiful this slight flower really is. Seeing it in the garden, so diminutive, I would not have guessed at this, which has quickly made it one of my favourite floral images of the season.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.0 sec, f/29.0 ISO 100

High Resolution Image on 500px

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“Trailside Periwinkle”

“Trailside Periwinkle”“It’s an odd thing, happiness. Some people take happiness from gold. Or black pearls. And some of us, far more fortunate, take their happiness from periwinkles.”
– Patricia A. McKillip

While hiking into the forest this past weekend, I came across a patch of periwinkle, still green even after the winter snows, though showing some wear. As I looked closer, I noticed a few blossoms had already opened. That’s a bit earlier than previous years. Though only a few blossoms where open, you can see plenty of buds waiting to open in the next few days.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

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