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“Soon…”

“Soon...”

“In nature, all things come in their prescribed time. Nature delays deliberately, without explanation. In time, we see the reasons and they seem obvious.” – Ed Lehming

I think my perspective this spring is highly influenced by the current global COVID-19 pandemic. I live in Ontario, Canada and our provincial flower is the trillium, so I’m seeing a great analogy to the province ‘opening up’ the economy.

There are lots of trilliums along the trails right now, but they are mostly tightly bundled in their leaves, waiting for the conditions to be right to safely open as well. We can learn a lot from nature. Rather than rush into things, some caution is required or there is a risk of permanent damage. For trilliums, it’s frost damage, for our society, it’s many more months of lockdown or outright quarantine and unnecessary illness or deaths.

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

1/20 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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“A Cautious Entrance”

“A Cautious Entrance”

“It is hard to be defensive toward a danger which you have never imagined existed.”
― John Christopher

It is indeed interesting watching this year’s spring emergence of wildflowers. Some, like the Hepatica pictured above, are designed to weather the uncertainties of spring. The many tiny hairs on the delicate new blossom protect the plant from spring frosts by providing a layer of insulation. I also noticed that plants this spring seem a bit more cautious in their opening. Many remain tightly bundled up and almost hesitant to expose themselves to the elements, risking permanent damage from frost.

I think we have a lot to learn from nature in rushing too quickly to expose ourselves to something more damaging. What we are experiencing these days is something altogether new, for which we are not prepared. We will emerge from this, in due time, but carefully measured steps remain important to ensure that we thrive.

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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“Wood Nymph”

“Wood Nymph”

“Sometimes you just had to crawl through the dark before
you could see the light.” 
― E.L. Montes

Butterflies can be a challenge to photograph. They are quite shy and their irregular flight makes them tough to track. But, it’s that irregular movement that makes me notice them.

This wood nymph first appeared in my peripheral vision and floated around me for some time before finally landing, far away from me and in the darker recesses of forest along the trail.

Over time, I got closer, and it flew away, always staying out of range for me. After some time of pursuing it, the butterfly finally landed close enough for me to approach it, slowly, with my macro lens. I was more concerned with capturing an image than fiddling with aperture settings, so depth of field is a tad shallow for my liking. Nonetheless, I was able to get a decent image of it, as it sat near its dark retreat, staring at me. As soon as I snapped the shot, it was off again.

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

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