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“Secord Forest Trout Lily”

“Secord Forest Trout Lily”

“Shine brightly, so you can help those who have not found their path a way through the darkness.” 
― Jeffrey Fry

It would simply not feel like spring without Trout Lilies. These delicate little beauties are often slow to come to bloom, but not this year. Within days they went from delicate foliage to full bloom. Whole sections of the forest were filled with theses beautiful yellow flowers and it was hard to pick which one to photograph. They bring such brightness to an otherwise dull scene.

At one point in my hike, I simply sat for a while and enjoyed them. As I sat, looking across a large patch of them, I noticed many bees and flies going from flower to flower, enjoying the feast of pollen these early bloomers provide. The whole scene was abuzz with activity. It’s like watching the world suddenly come alive with sound and movement.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm

1/500 sec, f/11.0, ISO 400 

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“Shining Brightly”

“Let your light shine as an inspiration to humanity and BE THE REASON someone believes in the goodness of people.” 
― Germany Kent

This combination of colours make my heart soar. It’s all light and movement. Despite the dark shadows behind them the bright poplar trunks are like beacons in comparison. The golden leaves against the cerulean sky is like a royal robe spread across the sky. The whole scene dazzles with light and brightness.

This image was made on part two of my “Golden Paths” journey, a new day and a slight change in colours. I’ve seen these polars hundreds of times, in different seasons. They stand at the north trailhead of the Secord Forest trail system, which I frequent often. Despite their location as trailhead markers, they have never been a subject of my photography. Partially, because hydro lines run in front of them, which distract for their beauty. Yet, this day, the light and camera angle allowed me to photograph them from a slightly different vantage point, eliminating the wires from the composition.

To those embarking on their journey into photography, I say this, “Never discount a subject, as future opportunities may surprise you. As you hone your skills, technique and circumstance will open up opportunities you had never anticipated.” Such was the case with this composition. I shot from a location that did not seem ideal, but the elements aligned for what I believe is a nice representation of this late October scene.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

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