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Frost. November 20, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.
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In this case, mid-morning frost on a carpet of moss in a field where I’m currently working.  The shade of a stand of fir trees kept the frost in place until coffee break, when I gathered my kit and dashed out into the scrub to snag a couple of photos.

I’m glad I did, even though they were quite rushed.

Moss, supporting a sprawl of wild strawberries:

…and a closer shot of strawberry plants gone red as the freeze comes on:

The full-sized versions of these two photos display the temporal layering of successive ice deposits as what looks here to be chunks of Morton salt.  But trust me, it’s good ol’ H2O.

These come our way courtesy of Ziggy, my 50mm Sigma prime lens.


Shot This Weekend. May 17, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.
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These last few days have been strange, with a diffuse, colorless light bathing the world in shades of gray.  The sky was boring, and I jonesed for some color and a bit of intensity.

So it was natural, I suppose, that my eye would be drawn to the blossoms of apple and strawberry, our local hero fruit and berry.

A bed of apple blossoms:

apple blossoms

…and a wild strawberry tangling roots with a little violet:

strawberries and violets

I’m really pleased with the elements in that last photo.  It has a couple of things wrong with it, but the subject matter isn’t one of them.