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“Tightly Wound”

“Tightly Wound”

“That which I cannot hold is that which I can treasure the most because it affords me no burden other than to enjoy it.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

As those who follow my blog regularly will know, I’m fascinated with the many shapes and forms I find in the natural world. To many casual passers-by, these small details are largely ignored. Yet I am drawn deeper into them. Now, having a good macro lens enable me to look deeper, to observe details that my eye misses on initial inspection. It’s a real joy to literally savour these details, to try to understand some of the reasons behind the shapes.

The image above is one of the tendrils of a Fox Grape, also know as wild grape around here. The purpose of the tendrils is to support the grape-vine by wrapping around other plants nearby. If it can’t find anything to cling to, it wraps into a tight cluster, like above.

I wondered if this tendril had wrapped around some fine structure which has since decayed or fallen away, but it was quite high up (eye level), so that’s unlikely.

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

1/160 sec, f/10.0, ISO 800

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“Unburdened”

“Unburdened”

“These rocks are too heavy, can’t carry them any more,
don’t know why I ever picked them up before,
going to have to put them down where they don’t belong,
’cause I can’t get them back to where they came from.

These rocks belong to no one, except history.
Somewhere between the desert and the rolling sea,
or maybe up in the mountains blue and tall,
I picked them but now I’m going to let them fall.”
― Jay Woodman

This is one of those images that just created all sorts of thoughts for me. It’s not a typical shot for me, but the arrangement fascinated me at the time.

Along the shore of the Crowe River, near Apsley, Ontario, the river, which is really a large creek, dropped off its spring cargo of boulders. The river starts out at Paudash Lake, some 15 miles north. However, the Crowe is mainly a ‘meander’, meaning it snakes its way slowly through the surrounding countryside. So, how far from the source this point, just above “The Gut” is would be a guess.

What struck me is the size of these boulders (the small one in the centre is about bowling ball sized) and how a generally lazy river could move these. That got me wondering further on where they came from and how far they had travelled. At some point in the spring there must have been a substantial current and these boulders have had quite a journey to round and smooth them as much as they have been. Yet, at some point in the spring runoff, the force of water was no longer sufficient to move them any further and he river unburdened itself, till the cycle repeats next spring.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 180 mm
1/60sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

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