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“Winter Woods”

“Winter Woods”“It is growing cold. Winter is putting footsteps in the meadow. What whiteness boasts that sun that comes into this wood! One would say milk-colored maidens are dancing on the petals of orchids. How coldly burns our sun! One would say its rays of light are shards of snow, one imagines the sun lives upon a snow crested peak on this day. One would say she is a woman who wears a gown of winter frost that blinds the eyes. Helplessness has weakened me. Wandering has wearied my legs.” 
― Roman Payne

Here it is, the first day of winter, the Winter Solstice. Though snow has been on the ground for a few days now, this is my first real venture onto the trails for a few days. I am now on Christmas holidays and decided that since work is done and presents wrapped, I’ spend a few hours on the trails just clearing my mind.

Today was bright, but overcast and quite chilly at -8 degrees celsius. This also meant that I had the trails to myself, which I prefer. With a few mild days before and the cold today the trails were a bit icy, but not treacherous, as they often get after heavy traffic packs the snow down. So, I was able to hike in boots, without the need of cleats yet.

The change that a bit of snow brings is astounding. Light appears in places that have been shaded all summer and the lack of leaves opens the forest up so you can see further and deeper, revealing the subtle changes that the previous three seasons have created. I’m also seeing things ‘more’. I’m more aware of subtle changes in the forest, since I’m out making photos all years and that has made me more aware of the things around me. So, I am experiencing this first day of winter with new eyes and a new perspective and simply having the time to fully immerse myself in it.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@85mm

1/4 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

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“Green Fly on Peony”

“Green Fly on Peony”

“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
― Pablo Neruda

As I came outside yesterday, I was filled with the sweet aroma of Peony. Our walkway is bordered by two enormous peony plant. They stand nearly five feet (just under two meters) tall and are now so big that an extra large peony ring will not hold them. I’ve taken to using rope to hold them in place. Each bush has close to fifty blossoms open at any given time and, being heirloom peonies, the fragrance is beautiful.

It rained on and off most of yesterday, yet they did not flop over too badly. The flowers, though plentiful, are not huge, so that may be a saving grace. Because of the rains, the blossoms were completely dew covered and I went inside to grab my camera to make a few photos of this morning delight.

As I was making the images, I became aware that I was not alone in enjoying these blooms. Ants, spiders and flies were active as well. This little green fly caught my eye and did not take of as I got closer to make the image. I have no idea of what type of fly it is, but it made for a pleasing image, posed on the pink dewy petals, basking in the early morning sunshine, the first day of summer.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/800 sec, f/5.0 ISO 100

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“Afternoon Nuthatch”

“Afternoon Nuthatch”

“December is full of the beauty of Light and love we can bring into our life.You can chose to be stressed or you can choose to let the small stuff go and be peaceful this Holiday season. It really is a choice you make.”
― Eileen Anglin

As I said earlier this week, it looks like I’ve gone to the birds. I’m pretty much a photo-opportunist and tend to move back and forth between subjects and styles from time to time, depending on what presents itself. Given the abundance of birds at our feeders lately, I simply could not help myself in documenting all the species present. The weekend started with Juncos and Cardinals. Today brought about Downy Woodpeckers and Nuthatches. As you can see, from all the tracks and shells around the dish, it’s been a busy place!

The nuthatches are curious birds and I seldom see them right side up. Usually i see them on my hikes, glancing at me while perched upside down on a tree trunk. It would appear that they will make exceptions if seeds are offered. This one, and her male companion (to be shared at a later date) kept coming back and gave many opportunities for nice images.

Birds, especially the small ones tend to be very skittish and move rapidly, often leaving me with a partially blurred image as they twitch and fidget. However, getting to just the right sunflower seed seems to slow them down a bit. So, despite the ‘dullish’ weather on this year’s winter solstice, a bit of brightness has graced my back deck and given me the enjoyment of watching our little friends flutter and feed.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

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