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“Facing the Sun”

“Facing the Sun”

“Sunflowers, Not Facing the Sun” (A Poem)

I stand tall
As gracious as one could be
Blooming to my best
As slender as it touches my being
Everyone else is facing the sun
Bending towards its unfathomable galore
They and I are both undoubtedly
Grown on the benevolence of life’s essence
The brighter side mercilessly feeding desires unbound
By daunting the “courage to know” with each spin
Though, I am not able to face the sun the way they do
Yet, I learn from the knowledge bred within me
Beyond achievement markers, but an adverse ability
An opportunity to exercise my special self
From the cherubic attire of my blessed soul
To the unfathomable mystery the drape of this world hides
That I, by not facing the sun
Hunt the gems in the milieu of the human existence”
― Annie Ali

As the days shorten and cool, I find myself reflecting back on the wonderful summer of 2016. Many hot days, one the water, on the trails, or just sitting and relaxing, eyes closed and basking in the sun.

So, as I take in the last blossoms of summer, I’m particularly drawn to sunflowers, with their sun-like faces, petals blazing forth in warm yellows. Until recently I had not noticed all the variations of sunflowers, from the traditional seed-bearing varieties to the yellow or black faced ornamentals, all beautiful and all reminders, to me, of warmer days, as they matured, facing the sun and drinking in its energies, and reflecting it back now, as the sun itself is less present.

Nikon D800
Nikor 28-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 70mm
1.3 sec, f/22.0, ISO 400

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“Blazing Sunflower”

“Blazing Sunflower”

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. I am ready to try this for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it. How sweet to think of! My extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”
― Henry David Thoreau

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family here in Canada. What more appropriate flower for the day than this bright sunflower, it’s face tilted upward to greet the sun, blazing with its own light? A true fall blossom.

The autumn has proven a great opportunity for me to make these still-life images of plants and flowers. Many, like this one, were temporarily ‘borrowed’ from bouquets in our living room. My wife smiles as she sees me extract yet another ‘subject’ from the vase for a few minutes and then return it to the arrangement.

My theory is, the flowers only last while, but the photo preserves the beauty for many years to come.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 70mm
1 /4 sec, f/22.0, ISO 400

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“Monarch and Woodland Sunflowers”

“Monarch and Woodland Sunflowers”

“It is strange how new and unexpected conditions bring out unguessed ability to meet them.”
― Edgar Rice Burroughs

I did not set out to photograph flowers or butterflies this day. I was hoping to catch the Atlantic Salmon run at the Whitevale dam. I’ve gone there in the spring many times and have had good success with photographing the rainbow trout migration. However, I have yet to witness the salmon run which happens in the fall along the same creek. I will have to keep checking back.

What did happen on this hike was I found myself in a deep grove of woodland sunflowers that towered over my head. I made a few photos of them but the scale was lost in the photo. As a came around a bend in the creek, which ran right next to me, I looked up and saw this monarch butterfly resting peacefully on one of the sunflowers. I never did get a clear shot of him, but the photo above was one of the better views. It’s these unexpected moments that keep me constantly learning about my camera and to be prepared for any eventuality, lest I miss it, and the moment becomes mere memory.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/100 sec, f/5.0, ISO 400

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“Sunflower Glow”

“Sunflower Glow”

“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”
– Helen Mirren

A simple presentation of a sunflower blossom. I say simple, yet on further viewing, it is so also so intricately complex. From the shape of the petals, to the beautiful patterns on the face. Not to mention the radiant colour of the blossom itself. I’ve quoted Georgia O’Keefe her a few times, and her insights are so true, the closer you look at flowers, or anything in nature, I mean, REALLY look at it, the more incredible it becomes. It draws you in and you see details that at first you may have missed.

Take moment and look deep into the face of this blossom…

Amazing, isn’ it? The things we miss at first glance.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ 52mm (12mm extension tube)
1/8 sec, f/29.0, ISO 400

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“Sunflowers

“Sunflowers”

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

Goodbye to a most glorious summer and hello to what is predicted to be a long, mild autumn in Ontario. What better image for the summer/fall transition than sunflowers? I see them as a ‘transition’ flower. They bloom mid-summer and continue to grow into the fall. They are frost resistant, though I don’t even want think about that!

One of the incredible contrasts in blog-land is seeing my fellow bloggers in Australia and the southern hemisphere welcoming spring, which for us in the northern hemisphere is a distant, though fond, memory.

Back to the sun flowers, such an appropriate name. They fairly glow with warmth, almost as if they have stored the glow of the summer sun to keep warming our days as they shorten.

I’ll miss this past summer, with it’s many warm days, record heat, and all the memories of days spent with friends and family, simply enjoying being together and sharing good times.

Creatively, it’s been a great time too. I have discovered a passion for this style of photography. I get emotional looking at the images as they emerge. As I’m shooting, it’s fairly technical, balancing light, parture and focus, but viewing the final product is so fulfilling.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/6 sec, f/20.0, ISO 400

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“Woodland Sunflower”

“Woodland Sunflower”

“Wildflower; pick up your pretty little head,
It will get easier, your dreams are not dead.”
― Nikki Rowe

I hope I have these named correctly. I’m hoping my wildflower followers will correct me as required.

It’s late summer and there is a noticeable shift in the plant life. The delicate pinks and purples are going to seed and yellows and orange are starting to make their showing. I’ll miss the abundance of wildflowers and the bright green healthy leaves, which are now showing insect damage and stress from our recent drought. This is the time of year when plants begin to look ‘tired’. But, change is inevitable and the bright colours of fall will soon dominate.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/4 sec, f/22.0, ISO 200

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