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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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“Blue Cohosh Blossoms”

“Blue Cohosh Blossoms”

“This is a story about the color blue, and like blue, there’s nothing true about it. Blue is beauty, not truth. ‘True blue’ is a ruse, a rhyme; it’s there, then it’s not. Blue is a deeply sneaky color.”
― Christopher Moore

This is a plant I’ve been intrigued with for some time. It’s one of the first to emerge from the forest floor in this region and very odd in its colouration. While most spring plants vary in shades of greens and yellows, this plant is a blueish-purple. A bit hard to spot at first, but once you see it, it seems to be everywhere.

I’ve photographed it for the past few years, with varying satisfaction. This year, I returned with my macro lens, initially wanting to photograph just the opening plant. Then, I noticed the tiny yellow flowers, no more than two millimeters across, and hard to see clearly.

The macro lens revealed detail I could not have imagined. It’s opening up a new world to me, one that existed but was not readily visible to me, and I’m loving the view.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/30 sec, f/18.8, ISO 200

“Eagle’s Nest Ice Fall” – Bancroft

“Eagle’s Nest Ice Fall”

“I need the shade of blue that rips your heart out. You don’t see that type of blue around here.”
― Cath Crowley

Bancroft is a rural town in north-central Ontario. Known as the Mineral Capital of Canada, it sits atop the rocky Canadian Shield, some of the oldest rock in the world. Towering above the town is a granite monolith known as the “Eagle’s Nest”.

During milder winter days and now spring days, melt water pours down some of the cliff faces and freezes into “ice falls”, like the one above, towering tens of meters high.

What really caught my attention, as I was driving by, was the startling blue and turquoise tones in the ice. Enough so, that I turned the car around and went back for a second look. I expect, now that I’m looking closer, that the brilliant blue-green glow of the ice, which is in shadow, is caused by sunlight striking the top of the fall and being transmitted down the length of it, making it seeming ‘glow’. Areas where the sun is striking directly show as bright white.

I’ve seen those blue hues in other ice structures but nowhere nearly as stunning as this.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 145mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1 ISO 200

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Tuesdays of Texture – Week 14

“Frozen Movement”

“Frozen Movement”

“Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . . ”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here is my entry for Del Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture Challenge Week 14 of 2017.

Please excuse the contradictory title of this image, but that is how I saw it. The frozen surface of the Lynde Shores Marsh, its protective coating of snow, blown away, looked just like waves, frozen in time.

Though the surface is quite smooth, patches of melted and refrozen snow, add bright highlights, small cracks and imperfections are slightly darker or lighter, depending on their nature. When viewed in isolation, without context, this could be gently rolling waves on a tropical sea, but is in reality, far from it.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 210mm
1/250sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Chickory”

“Chickory”

“A fleeting moment can become an eternity. From a past encounter everything may disappear in the dungeon of forgetfulness. A few furtive flashes or innocent twinkles can survive, though. Some immaterial details may remain marked in our memory, forever. A significant look, a salient colour or a unforeseen gesture may abide, indelibly engraved in our mind.”
― Erik Pevernagie

It continues to be dull and cold outside and I’ve been feeling under the weather with a nasty stomach bug of some sort. So, I went back to a few of the outdoor macro images I made this past summer and picked one of my favourites, the chickory flower.

There are very few things in nature that are naturally blue and this is one of them. They grow wild, especially in poor and stoney soil, in my area from June to October, depending on the weather. I made this image while on a photoshoot with my son back in late September, using my portable studio. I think the natural light does a nice job at bringing out all the textures and retaining teh natural colour, though the light that afternoon was quite hot and patchy, with nice gusty winds thrown in to increase the challenge level, especially when trying to show detail.

Despite the challenges presented, I’m very pleased with this image, which shows all the fine details often overlooked as we pass by these roadside weeds.

Nikon D800
Nikor AFS Micro 60mm f/2.8 US @ 60 mm

1/125 sec, f/18.0, ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Blue Morning Glory”

“Blue Morning Glory”

“Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.”
― Glen Cook

Such a stunning blue, it seems almost unnatural. I wished I had my portable background with me that day, but the opportunity presented itself and the light was nice. I may have to go back for a reshoot, provided the plant is still blooming. It’s in a friend’s garden and a bit of a distance away.

Morning Glories are such wonderful plants to just observe. Watching the large blossom unfurl from the tight ‘screw’ of a bud is quite the experience. With the heat we have had this summer, the blossoms fade quite quickly.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 160 mm
1/80 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“Spring Beauties”

“Spring Beauties” - Close Up

“In a rich moonlit garden, flowers open beneath the eyes of entire nations terrified to acknowledge the simplicity of the beauty of peace.”
― Aberjhani

Can you think of a more appropriate name for these delicate spring flowers, in tones of pink and purple? The Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) in my area seems to prefer the bases of Beech trees as their habitat, yet some small patches grow in the open. Most of the plants I came across ranged between nearly white to pale pink and patched with striped fuchsia. This particular specimen was light blue with purple tinges in the flower buds, thus the photo.

I enjoyed the slight ‘glow’ of the stems, as the filtered afternoon sun lit up the forest floor. The light this day was spectacular and really showed the colours and textures well. Apart for their unique colours, this small colony sat apart for others and allowed me to isolate them for other plants, which are becoming more abundant as temperatures rise in the forest.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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