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“Let Me Get This Straight”

“Let Me Get this Straight”

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
― William Blake

At first, this image was in my ‘discard’ pile. The bend and tilt of the trees bothered me and I could not get it ‘straight’. I realized that the wobble , though distracting to me,  was OK and that there were wonderful textures and movement in this image once I reconsidered the image as a whole.

This image was made on the same day as the rest of what I am now referring to as my “God-light” series. As you can see, the sunlight is abundant and the forest floor is strewn with golden leaves. Yet, small patches of green still linger. A beautiful day to absorb this scene.

This got me considering how many other things and people we may relegate to our ‘discard’ pile when first impressions discomfort us. In future, I intend to remind myself of this image and consider the many reasons how these trees got their bend in the first place.

I love the quote: “Art, brings comfort to the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable”.
I find it becoming a bit of a mantra for me of late.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 70 mm
1/5sec, f/14.0, ISO 200

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“…And the Sun Breaks Forth”

“And the Sun Breaks Forth”

“One passionate heart can brighten the world. From person to person the chain reaction burns through us — setting heart to heart ablaze, and lighting the way for us all!”
― Bryant McGill

I set out yesterday morning, on a bright clear day, gentle sunlight lighting up the changing leaves. That lasted for about an hour and dark, slate-gray clouds rolled in, effectively ending my planned day of photographing falls leaves.

So, a change of plans, including a trip to a local market and a micro-brewery I had meant to visit. All was not lost and it became a great day out with my wife, being tourists in our own area. Not to be completely disappointed, we drove some back roads looking for some particularly colourful tree to catch our attention. We had varying success with that, as the sky was just ‘dull’ and colours muted.

Then, as we rounded a bend in the road on our way home, this scene offered itself. A temporary break in the clouds lit up this grove of maple and birch trees, making them almost glow in contrast to the dark clouds and pine forest behind them. It was a virtual island of light.

Unfortunately, I could not get a clear shot from the road and climbed up an embankment, hoping for a better view, unobstructed by trees and fences. That was not to be and I just could not get a satisfactory angle to show what I was seeing. But trespassing was not an option for me.

As I came off the embankment, a truck slowed, stopped, and reversed back to where I was standing. Great, a confrontation? The driver asked me what I was doing on the embankment and I told him I was trying to make a photo of the trees in the sun. He told me he was the property owner, and much to my surprise he said, “If you want to get a bit closer, feel free to jump the fence, but mind the horses, they may come at you, so be careful.”

I thanked him for being so understanding, quickly climbed the fence and made three images before the sun was obscured once more. This one photo made the whole day worthwhile and restored my faith in people being understanding of photographers trying to conduct their art. I may have to go back with a print of this image and thank him for being so kind. Like the sun on the trees, that act of kindness brightened my day.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 90 mm
1/100 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200

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“Frozen Fingers”

“Frozen Fingers”

“We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.”
― Alan Moore

Winter wears on, some days are bright and clear and others dark and dreary. Yet, through it all, nature lives on and builds crystal sculptures on frames of wood, grass, and stone. At the right time of day, the sun shines through, lighting them from within.

The image above is a lilac tree next to my house. With the rapid melt, the eavestroughs overflowed, splashing water on the cold lilacs in the shade. That slight difference in temperature was enough to re-freeze the water, encasing the slender branches and seed heads with a thick coat of ice. Water running over this base formed ripples which froze as subsequent layers. The effects of a slight breeze are also visible in the slightly bent ‘fingers’ of ice.

As a side note, though it was warm enough to melt the ice, the temperatures were cool enough to give me frozen fingers of my own.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 120mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 250

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