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“Teasels”

“Teasle Detail”“Teasles”

“When someone comes around at that dreary moment, when all hope was lost, and thorns emerged. And that fellow, walks on that thorn just to cross to your side, to bear the pains for your sake, to bleed, to self-destroy himself, just to protect you. He places you above his priorities, and doesn’t give a damn whatsoever taunt he receives, his foremost desire is to make sure you are save, feel loved and cared for, and that’s the true definition of love.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

Definitely a thorny plant, tough to handle, even to make a photograph, but incredibly beautiful when you look at the structured details.

For many years I had only seen the dried and prickly seed heads of this plant until a few summers ago, when, at the right time, I found a cluster in bloom, wrapped in a partial blanket of pale purple flowers. The flowers themselves don’t cover the entire head, but grow up it in a narrow band. A most curious sight.

As fall approaches and more plants begin to go to seed, I see myself making more photos of this, mixed with several of the wonderful fall blooms. Yet, I keep surprising myself at how much beauty there is in the mundane, even the brown prickly stuff 🙂

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 92 mm
4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

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“Puff” – Wild Lettuce Seed Head

“Puff” - Wild Lettuce Seed Head

“In this delicate and unpredictable life, the future is unwritten. Do not take someone for granted today, for once tomorrow dawns upon the indigo night the only remaining trace will be tracks in the sand…”
― Virginia Alison

I’ve recently spend time capturing wildflowers and their domestic cousins in a series of photos with black backgrounds, including many which I’ve made using a portable background which allows me to make these photos in the wild. This technique, employed outdoors, can prove challenging, since it involves narrower aperture settings and longer exposures, without the use of a flash.

Indoor, studio work, is much more predictable and that is the route I chose for this delicate specimen. It would have been next to impossible to capture the fine details of the tufts without well controlled conditions. The seed head is the outcome of a blossom I had forgotten about, in a vase, which had gone to seed, leaving this wonderful puffy ball.

It’s a macro shot, so depth of field was a bit challenging, but a learning experience for me, nonetheless.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm (w manual tube extenders)
1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

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“Goat’s Beard Seed Head” – Bancroft, Ontario

“Goat’s Beard Seed Head” - Bancroft, Ontario

“Until a seed falls to the ground and dies, it does not become a tree that later yields many fruits and multitude of seeds. We must embrace the thought of death for us to have greater lives.”
― Sunday Adelaja

We used to call these ‘giant dandelions’ as kids. Why not, they certainly look like dandelions, even the blossoms look like overgrown dandelions. The Goat’s Beard seed head, looks like a gigantic dandelion. This image is not even a macro, it was made with my 70-300 zoom at a high aperture to show all the detail. I looked at it in amazement. It’s almost perfect, not a single seed has departed. It’s beautifully full and round, I can see right to the centre.

The wonder here was that this was not an isolated specimen. There were  three or four to chose from, the sun was bright and clear, making for ideal conditions for this shot, along the roadside near Slabtown, on Boulter Road.

This is another image from my day trip through Bancroft’s back-country.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom
@ 240 mm
1/60 sec, f/16.0, ISO 500

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“Coltsfoot Seed Heads” – Uxbridge

“Coltsfoot Seed Heads” - Secord Forest Trail

“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.” 
― Sarah Ban Breathnach

As with its yellow blossoms, many people mistake the coltsfoot seed heads for those of the dandelion. That is, until you take the time to look closer.

I’m finding more and more that people are just not taking the time to actively participate in the world around them. If something can’t be observed quickly or looked up on-line, it gets left behind. Our natural world beckons us to be part of it. When I take hikes to make photos, my world slows down, the business of life slips away, and I can be ‘in’ nature, not just a silent observer. The sounds fill my ears, the smells trigger memories, and the ever changing light dances through my vision. Some call this living in the moment, and I like that term, because that ‘moment’ lasts only briefly and then, becomes memory.

One of my greatest satisfactions in making photos is that all the images I make represent ‘moments’ which I have borne witness to. I take that as a gift, especially if I am able to effectively convey the ‘feeling’ of that moment through my art.

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

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