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Images From My Day February 16, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.

Traveling the high, icy hills of Hawley today, I tried in vain to capture the beauty of trees ensconced in ice. But I failed, and I don’t even know why. Crappy equipment? Shitty technique? Poor lighting?

I’ll go with “D, All Of The Above.”

In fact the lighting was intense and direct, not conducive to drama, not given to revealing subtleties, not full of the warmth of the sun’s long rays closer to sunrise and sunset.

But then, some things benefit from strong light, and I was glad to have my camera along when I encountered these dentinums growing on a truncated oak:


…and this rock, a rare example of serpentinite, I think, judging by the mix of minerals and forms involved:


And everywhere I looked, the promise of Spring, giggling in faux-repose beneath its blanket of ice, planning its escape, ready to break into lightly colored leaves:


That’s the terminal bud on the end of a branch of a beech tree, ready to become a new set of leaves as soon as the weather calls it forth.

I dearly love winter, and will try to share that with you; but Spring is just so insinuated into the equasion by the lengthening days, and I’m so ready for it.


1. FranIAm - February 16, 2008

These pictures all really touch me- especially the second and third. I find that each one breaks my heart a little, but in a really good way.

Sorry I have not been around much. Too much crap going on. Sending good thoughts your way always.

2. sherry - February 17, 2008

beautiful, just beautiful.

3. DCup - February 18, 2008

I love the fungi picture. Great texture!

4. commander other - February 18, 2008

thank you for being the fungus among us, and for not being a drip. (o great, now i’m going to start doing photo-snark on decent photos? i’d better stop now!)

i love winter, too. that’s largely why i’m so miffed about the impending move, and all the work i had to do earlier this winter which knocked me out of a photographer tour of Hudson Bay. bah.

if i can make it through this next summer and fall, i’ll be back to having a schedule i can define as i see fit, and actually get out and shoot for myself again. anything between now and then will be quite hard-won.

kudos to you for getting out and about. i envy you a bit, and greatly appreciate your sharing what you see through your viewfinder.

5. littlebangtheory - February 19, 2008

Happy to share, CO. It’s with an untrained eye and a point-and-shoot, but I’m totally hooked and enjoying it like crazy.

Hang tough through your work obligations, and best of luck with your move.

Looking forward to seeing you get up and running with your funtogrophy; what I’ve seen so far has been really inspirational!

6. Spartacus - February 21, 2008

Hello! National Geographic? I have someone who calls himself The Cunning Runt who really needs to be submitting work to you. He even takes great pictures of his culinary creations and will probably share if you’re nice to him. You’ll do yourself a disservice by not checking him out. 😉

7. TheCunningRunt - February 21, 2008

Too kind, Sparticus.

These images have received mixed reviews, particularly the first and last, ’cause the “processing” yielded an unnatural image. But sometimes I’m not looking for a strictly literal depiction of nature. Sometimes I want a caricature.

I’m glad you liked them.

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