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“April Oak and Moon”

“April Oak and Moon”

“The art of writing is not as solitary as one might think. When it finally dawns on us one day that our task as writers is to share what we know of the human spirit, we suddenly discover that we were never truly alone.”
― Hal Zina Bennett

I’m following up my Monochrome Mondays post with the colour version of the same image. While it looks lovely in mono, I prefer the true colours, that lovely pre-dusk glow of yellow, as the setting sun lights up the fine haze that floats just above the ground.

It’s the end of another spring day, the promise of warmer days ahead, under the “Pink Moon” of early April. I eagerly await some hint of green, as life returns to the hilltop oak.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 70 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0 ISO 200

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Monochrome Mondays

“April Oak and Moon”

“I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink Moon gonna get you all”
― Nick Drake

“April Oak and Moon”

While not a full Pink Moon (first full moon of April), I just had to stop and make this photo. The old oak, is probably the most photographed tree in the area. Its unique position on a hilltop and easy access by road makes it one of those iconic locations that begs for a photograph.

I decided to try it as a mono shot today, and I think it works. But just in case, here’s teh colour version to compare.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 70 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0 ISO 200

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“Golden Memories”

“Golden Memories”

I’ve had a few people ask recently how I’m able to pick up the golden glow in some of my forest images. One of my recent images, “November’s Golden Litter” – Hermon, Ontario, is an example of their fabulous effect on a large scale. When conditions are just right: the right light, the angel of that light, the condition and colour of the leaves, and a contrasting background, the effect is almost magical. If you have stood on a forest trail and experienced this, you will know what I mean. It is tough to describe.

Many times I’ve seen this phenomenon and tried to capture it as a photo, only to be disappointed in the results, the surreal glow muted down to a dull orange or yellow. Over the years, and many failures, I’ve found ways of capturing the moment fairly consistently.

During one of those moments I picked up a few unsullied oak leaves to photograph in my little studio. Well, today was the day, and the result is shown above. Once again, with the right light and the right angle, I was able to reproduce this golden effect successfully in a single leaf. Now, imagine thousands of these littering the forest floor, interspersed with other yellow and bronze leaves like maple and beech, and you will understand where this stunning golden light comes from. I’m so very pleased this little experiment turned out so well.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/29.0, ISO 100

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“I Stand Alone” – Markham, Ontario

“I Stand Alone” - Markham, Ontario

“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.”
― John Green

This must be the most photographed tree in Markham, a community just south of my home. This oak stands at the top of a convenient mound, nicely isolating the tree from any distracting background. It’s not a true ‘solitaire’ by my definition, as there is a companion tree not to far from it, but it neighbour is not nearly as nicely shaped as this one is.

The tree stand on this hill, in the middle of a local farm field and the road runs next to it, offering many opportunities to pull over and make a photograph. Many times, while driving past, I’ve witness a photographer or two capturing their own image of this beauty.

I made this image a few days ago, on a warm early summer morning. The sun was just high enough to light it well, without being overly bright and still casting some warm hues on the leaves and the freshly harvested field. All that’s missing, in my opinion, is s few puffy summer clouds and I would be happy to stare at it for hours, almost feeling the warm sun and hearing the insects buzzing.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 220 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200

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“Green Carpet” – Oak Ferns at Secord Forest

“Green Carpet” - Oak Ferns, Secord Forest

“Our green valleys will be greener once we fully grasp the infinite vitality of the green!”
― Mehmet Murat Ildan

Despite the clouds of mosquitoes that call this forest home, I enjoyed, with the help of a good bug repellent, observing all the fresh new growth emerging from the brown litter of last year’s leaves. There is still a lot of brown showing interspersed with rapidly expanding carpets of foliage, like the Oak Ferns above.

The Secord Forest is a conservation area close to my home and provides me access to a very diverse forest setting. The circle hike through this lovely forest takes me through grassy meadows, cedar swamp, hardwood ridges and rolling farmland, all along the 4-5 kilometer distance of the trail itself.

Until recently, I had no idea how many varieties of fern call this place home. I’m just starting to be able to recognize the subtle differences in leaf form that distinguish the varieties. I did observe that mosquitoes are particularly fond of almost every variety, as the swarms are thicker in fern patches than in other places.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 165 mm
1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – May 25, 2016

“Munk Institute Doors” - University of Toronto

Walking along Toronto’s Bloor Street West, I came across these wonderful doors. The Munk Institute is part of the University of Toronto campus and I’ve admired them often, as I walked past. Today the light was just right. Much to my surprise, I had never noticed the details in the stonework above the door and topping the pillars. Have a closer look.

Interestingly, many of the compositional elements that enhance this image are subconscious when I make the photo. It’s one of those scenes that appeal to me, but I can’t articulate the ‘why’ till I look closely at the final image.

Nikon D800
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200

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“Ancient Oak” – Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery

“Ancient Oak” - Niagara Lakeshore Cemetary

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”
― Napoleon Hill

Though I saw no markers, my map showed this to be a cemetery, further investigation, this was actually the Old Lakeshore Road and it was lined by some of the most incredible old white oak trees I have seen. It was late afternoon and the light was a soft gold, lighting up the few dried leaves still clinging to the branches and showing the detail of the bark.

In the Niagara Region, winter had been mild till April as well, then they experienced the same deep freeze as the rest of the province. So, I found everything delayed. Trees were just beginning to bud and only a few hearty daffodils added colour to the landscape. But, it sure looked beautiful and I enjoyed the magnificent old growth trees in this roadside grove, especially this giant, as it spread its branches far and wide, greeting the spring sunlight and warmer days ahead.

Nikon D300
Tamron 17-50 mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm
1/125 sec, f/8.0 ISO 200

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