“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.” ― C.S. Lewis
With spring just around the corner, this is the time of year where I go looking for signs of life re-emerging. The light is soft and indirect and casts wonderful shadows. I find myself looking at things differently. Textures, like those in the flowerheads above abound and make for interesting compositions. So, as I wait for signs of green and the first small flowers to appear, I’m happy to have these beautiful sights to satisfy me, as they were last year’s beauties.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 250
I made this photo a few days ago while on an evening walk. The light was just softening and I found the dead stems an interesting subject, considering the world around is greening up with the first few truly mild days.
These are old flower heads from wildflowers growing around Wendat Pond. The pond was named after a large native city that was found to have been located in this area. For me, it’s a nice place to walk and consider what it may have looked like a few centuries ago. Did those early people look at things the way I do?
To make this photo, I took advantage of the soft light and a depth of field just narrow enough to keep the stems in focus while trying to isolate the flower heads from the background.
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-2000 mm f/2.8 @ 175 mm 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 250