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“Hepatica Cluster”

“Hepatica Cluster”

“After a long winter, spring flowers offer much-needed cheer to our lives.” – Ed Lehming

Honestly, I don’t get tired of these lovely spring blossoms and their variations. The hepatica I have observed over the years go from pure white to shades of pink and purple, I suspect driven by the various minerals in the soil.

This year they seemed to bloom a bit early and I was very surprised to see a few clumps blooming even before the Bloodroots. There is a fairly set and predictable pattern to blooms but this year has been a bit different. It’s been cool but drier than usual. I’ve also been self-isolating and have held off spending much time on the trails, primarily driven by the guilt of it being non-essential travel. As the weeks passed I decided it was essential to my mental health and have been out a few times since.

Seeing these little clusters of cheery blossoms has made a world of difference to me and I’m enjoying being able to share them with others who may be in the same boat of being confined to their homes and properties.

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

1/500 sec, f/11.0, ISO 200

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“Crocus”

“Crocus”

“Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe

I’ve been wanting to make this image for a few weeks now, but the crocus did not cooperate, till now.

Just as temperature began to climb, heavy rain and wind set in, followed by yet another cooling. So, many of the blooming plants in my garden got delayed, once more.

The crocus has put up two blossoms so far, and this is the first. I decided to do a front on view, as it shows the wonderful structures so well. I have to admit that I am very pleased with this one. Of note, it took an extended exposure to show the structures of this dark purple bloom. Being freshly back from a Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, her words echo through my mind, once more. My photography, of late, has been focused on pulling away, or elimination of, distracting details. I’m trying to show the true essence of the flowers, as I see them. It’s a worthy philosophy for living too, I think.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
3.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“King of the Hill?”

“King of the Hill?”

“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
― Jodi Picoult

I spotted this house on the hill while travelling the highway between San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, the official name of this state in Mexico which encompasses all of the Baja Peninsula.

Virtually, in the middle of nowhere, stood a solitary house, atop a low hill. It seemed very out of place, so I stopped to make a photo, only to realize, when I zoomed in on it,  that the ‘house’ was in fact, just a shell. I do expect that getting water to this house may also prove a challenge, being at the top of a hill, in the desert.

I noticed that the windows were missing and there was a wooden ladder leading to the second floor. I don’t know the story but it certainly begs asking. Was the house not completed, did recent hurricanes destroy the house and the owner could not afford to restore it (a common situation in the region)? These shells are also a popular roost for squatters, which we experienced even in downtown Cabo San Lucas, where someone has claimed a section on abandoned tuna cannery as their home. Prime real estate.

This house appears even stranger when you look closer and notice that there is a fence surrounding the property, protecting it from possible intrusion.

So, it was either someone’s hilltop kingdom at some point or a dream that was never realized. In any case, it does have a nice view of the ocean, half a kilometer away, on the other side of the highway.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 90 mm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“Shine”

“Shine”

“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Shine, it’s what they do, is it not? On another gray winter day, I enjoy being able to create these images and hopefully, brighten others’ days as well. Creating these studio images of flowers has become almost second nature to me. They are so enjoyable to make and then look at, long after the flowers have wilted and withered away, and I wonder why I had not done this before.

Then the answer comes. It was not till I got involved in a Cee Neuner photo challenge back in the summer that got me focused on “Isolation” that I had even considered doing this kind of work. Oh yes, I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but once I had figured it out, it be came easy to create these images both in the studio and in the outdoors. So, I hope you enjoy this bit of “Shine” in your day. A special thanks to Cee and my fellow photographers for the inspiration to try something new.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 35 mm (with 20mm extension tube)
2.0 sec, f/25.0, ISO 100

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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