Posted on September 29, 2014
The story often gets better – and perhaps a little embellished – in the retelling. Our reflections on the event are often “better” than the real thing. Occasionally the reflections of an object in water, mirror, or shiny surface are as good as or even better than the real thing. In the first two images the reflections enhance the image. In the last two photos the reflection is the image. The last shot has an impressionist quality caused by the rustling leaves and the gently moving river where the camera was aimed. As always, I welcome your thoughts, critiques, and comments.
Posted on September 26, 2014
Posted on September 25, 2014
The early morning dew seemed to linger when Pat and I went out yesterday. The sparkling dew on spider webs radiated like diamonds on a crown. The intricacies of these master builders of silk in their beautifully alluring traps made me think of the line from Sir Walter Scot: “O what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive.” Maybe he had in mind the deception of the beauty in these often hidden gems . . . at least deceptive to insects. A few more tomorrow.
Posted on September 19, 2014
One of the things I enjoy doing in my photography is looking for the unusual in the common. Water (dew, rain, ice, etc.) often adds interest to a photo and sometimes can become the star of the show. This rose, while very beautiful, has a heightened attraction because of the lingering morning dew.
The spider web in this evergreen bush becomes the stage for a dazzling dew dance.
This black-and-white photo of the underside of a fallen leaf would be rather boring without the lingering raindrops.
Occasionally the reflecting water will hit your lens in such a way as to create a dew diamond. The twinkling star-like image in the center of the picture was a bit of luck, but luck favors the person willing to look for dew diamonds. Happy dew diamond hunting.
Posted on September 17, 2014
Last week, Pat and I roamed the roads to Lansing to photograph in Michigan State University’s botanical gardens. When we couldn’t find any parking anywhere near the gardens, we roamed the roads back home. Here is a small sample of what we saw.
Posted on September 15, 2014
The zoo was less than expected, but the flower gardens were overwhelmingly beautiful. The first image below expresses my state of mind when I was surrounded by the kaleidoscope of flowers in well-planned and well cared for gardens. While the colors were spectacularly vibrant, I have included one black-and-white rose to emphasize the sensuous beauty of roses. Hope you get a sense of the peaceful power of this place. Enjoy.
Posted on September 12, 2014
Posted on September 10, 2014
Posted on September 9, 2014
Posted on September 8, 2014
Over the weekend Jo and I had the privilege of taking two of our grandkids to Grand Camp (for grandparents and their grandchildren). The camp was the YMCA camp on Mystic Lake near Lake, Michigan. The event was promoted (and sponsored, I think) by AARP. We had a fantastic time and came home exhausted. The camp had a lot of activities and a very beautiful setting. The area’s ecosystem must be perfect for mushrooms because I saw more varieties of wild mushrooms than I knew existed. For me mushrooms have a sensuous beauty that I hope you can sense in the pictures I will share over the next few days. As always I welcome your thoughts and comments . . . especially if you can identity any of the mushrooms.