Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/100 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100
Another early morning image. It’s the time of year when nights get cool and the mornings are damp and misty. Dew clings to everything and the low rising sun lights up the world in silvers and golds. Spider webs that go unnoticed during the day shine with water droplets that appear like silver threads.
I noticed this web in a tree near our camper and the light was just right to reveal the fine details of this particular spider’s work. The curves and arches in the web really jump out, though it appears this web may be in need of some work.
Nikor 70-300mm @210mm
1/60 sec @ f/9, ISO 800
I can’t turn it off. I see patterns and photos everywhere. Last weekend I was volunteering at A Place for the Arts in Bancroft, looked out the back window and saw these beautiful patterns in the sand in the back parking area.
There had just been a big storm with torrential downpours the day before (which seems to be the norm for Bancroft lately). The deluge of rain created a wide band of water in the parking lot, sorting the sand and making these wonderful patterns.
It may not seem interesting to some, but I thought you’d enjoy this artwork that nature creates, on a fairly regular basis for those who take the time to notice and appreciate it.
Nikor 70-300mm @ 135mm
1/60 sec @ f/9.0 ISO1000
You know it’s going to be an awesome summer when full-grown dragonflies are out and about in May to eat those pesky mosquitoes and blackflies.
This year’s super warm May (so far) certainly has changed or accelerated some of the usual patterns around here, As I walk around, I see fresh leaves emerging from trees and shrub, birds in their nests, and a wonderful growth of wildflowers. I’ve seen a few dragonflies in the past day and realized it’s quite early to see this many.
Well, here’s hoping this is a good sign.
I have not seen an orange one like this around. Most are blue or black, so I’ll have to look this species up. That aside, I was very pleased at how the orange background just enhances this photo.
Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm
1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 250
I love watching the early plants emerge from the dead-looking ground in the spring. They follow the same pattern, year after year, whether it’s an early or late spring, the pattern remains consistent, though sometime s compressed or accelerated. This past winter was particularly cold and spring has been delayed by many cold spells. So, I walk through the woods in hopes of seeing those early emergences. I was very pleased to see the abundance of wild leeks, or “ramps” as they are also known, depending on the region you live in. Though the forest floor is still grey/brown and lifeless looking, these beautiful bright green leaves with the red bases light the forest floor up, while other plants remain dormant. But, the pattern must be followed and nature’s rhythms obeyed. I know, that within the next few weeks the forest will be alive once more with trout lilies, red and white trilliums, and all the other print flowering plants I have come to enjoy so much.
I will have to go back in a few weeks and harvest some of these delicious wild leeks for a spring time soup. Can’t wait for the morels and fiddle heads to follow.
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 85 mm
1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 250