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“Sorrow”

“Sorrow”

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Pink Cosmos”
Two views of the same flower, a week apart.

Sometimes, I keep the flowers I photograph a bit too long but it was interesting for me to compare the two images.

It also reminded me how gradually things can change without you really noticing them.

I was debating the title of the top image, as sorrow may sound too depressing, but that is the emotion that comes over me in waves the past few days.

You see, my youngest two children, now young adults have recently moved from home in the span of a few days. One to go into college residence, not too far from home, but away, nonetheless. The other, is in third year university, and has chosen to live closer to school to save the long commute he has endured the last two years.

So, while I am happy for their growth and proud of all my children, I still experience moments of sorrow. You see, I still look back at the bright, young flower and all the happy times spent with them as children. I recall bringing each of them home for the first time. And, while they are certainly not the wilted, desiccated flower at the top, I feel I looked away a moment too long and missed the gradual transition. Yet, this reminds me that, like a garden, after a winter of transition, fresh blossoms emerge to replace last year’s beauty.

The cycle continues and ‘sorrow’ becomes a transient thing. I’m looking forward the the gardens my children have planted and continue to nurture.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 155 mm
15 sec, f/22.0, ISO 200

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“Pink Cosmos”

“Pink Cosmos”

“Those who are resilient can more quickly regain their equilibrium and spring back when they are thrown off kilter by the storms of life.”
― Mary Buchan

Yes, another flower. I’m simply enjoying this too much and am looking forward to going afield on my vacation time to capture more wildflowers, as opposed to plants from my gardens. But, they are handy and I like the results.

I deliberately chose a less than perfect specimen for this image. It’s showing some wear and tear from the past few days of heavy rain and some insect damage too. But despite all that has happened to it, its still beautiful to look at. There is something about the delicate nature of cosmos that I like. They seem almost to be made of tissue paper, yet they survive the elements and keep blooming.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/10 sec, f/8, ISO 200

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“White Cosmos”

“White Cosmos”

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
― Osho

Now at number five in this series, it may be time for me to take a short departure from this and get outside.

I’m really enjoying this foray into the world of studio photography. It drives the creativity in me to a new level. Being able to take the common and transform it into something more gives me a sense of satisfaction. There is something about plants and flowers that resonates in me. Perhaps it’s the almost miraculous details that you see when you take the time to really observe them. They calm me, somehow, as I look at them, appreciating the lines, the texture, and complexity of even the most commonplace flower.

I’m taking a few days of much needed vacation to get up north, recharge, and, of course, make some more photos. The days are forecast to be hot and humid, so there’s a really good chance I will be near water. Perhaps a lake or a waterfall?

There are several waterfalls, rather, chutes, in the area where my camper sits and a visit to capture some of that raw beauty is in order.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/140 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400

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“White Cosmos” – Stouffville

“White Cosmos” - Stouffville

“Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature, every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.”
― Roman Vishniac

A return to the garden, where early summer flowers are beginning to show their stuff.

This beautiful white cosmos was glowing so brilliantly in the morning sun, I could not resist stepping outside my door and making a few close up photos.

As I’ve mentioned in a few recent posts, I just purchased a set of manual macro extension tubes and am experimenting with the different effects the varying length of tubes produce. In this case, I used my Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-f/5.6 zoom lense with a 14mm extension tube. This combination gave me a little more depth of field, yet allowed me to get a fairly close up shot.

Once again, the fine details that the human eye misses surprises me. Things like the gentle fold of the petals and the bits of pollen are barely noticeable until you get close up.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 150mm (14mm extension tube)

1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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