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…And On The Way Home… April 12, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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…I caught the low light of late afternoon on some Red Osier growing up in Windsor:

…along with the glowing yellow stems of pussy willows.  The colors on the drive-by made me turn around and put Elliot on the box to get you this view of the goings-on.

Thanks to Elliot and a reverse grad ND filter for that one.

The Sum Of Its Parts. May 11, 2008

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Last evening’s foray into the field for photos was well timed, but the thin, high clouds and thick bands of lower ones confused the light and confounded my efforts to capture the beauty of a high meadow being reclaimed by its surrounding forest.

Despite my frustration, and promising myself patience, I noodled around among the young hawthorns, cherries and dogwoods, collecting images of the small bits of poetry which comprised the scene – explosions of tiny flowers popping in and out of patches of diffused sunlight:

…and pussy willows and catkins extending their precious offerings of pollen to their neighbors, to the bees, to the evening breeze:

The air was turbulent, and while my subjects bobbed and danced I struggled to find the combination of camera settings which would get me enough depth of field in a brief enough exposure to not just be making abstracts for my recycle bin.

As I headed back to the car the light warmed suddenly, streaming from beneath its thick gray blanket, illuminating the scene with a brief gift of light. I snapped off this quick shot, still with my 50mm Sigma lens, which I’ve found to be faster than the 17-85 I’ve been using, and managed to freeze the breeze:

Once again, the totality of this natural place far exceeded the sum of its billions of individual parts.

Thank you, Mother Earth. Thank you, Father Sky.