06.20.2019 Two different views of Mountain Laurel

Two more views of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia).

The first was made with the 70-200 which allowed for a full frame, more or less, and some soft background blooms.

The second with the 180.

Now to try to find a couple with tripped stamens.

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06.19.2019 Wordless Wendell Wednesday

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06.18.2019 90° to the East

Upon first arrival yesterday morning, the horizon appeared blocked which encouraged looking northward yielding the dawn image.  But as time passed the clouds thinned and the sun rose above them.

 

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06.17.2019 Early to Bed Early to Rise

I’m not sure about adages, but early to rise does get the dawn landscape. The camera’s sensor can’t get the shadows and the sky in one shot, so this is a three image combination of exposures (HDR).   A cloud bank to the east initially turned my attention to the north which is often the case at this location.

The wisps were welcome additions in the valleys. If you recognize this composition that would be because I have probably posted a dozen images from here.  There is something satisfying about the familiar.

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06.16.2019 Mountain Laurelpalooza

It is finally Mountain Laurel season and that was the focus for today. It started with this reflection landscape at Hawley Reservoir in Pelham.

From there, the tour went to Shutesbury.  Actually it was a brief tour with only two locations but Shutesbury had a few stops.

More to come.

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06.15.2019 Puffers Pond Reflection

I’ve shot this rock a few times and today was the closest to flat water I have seen.  To the left is a waterfall  that is pulling water constantly thus there is always a flow.

I was attracted to the colors as well as the reflection’s shape. But I thought it might be interesting without color so converted it adjusting the color filters a bit.

I still prefer the color but the B&W works for me too.

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06.14.2019 Stars of the Day

The interesting feature of these flowers, Lysimachia borealis (aka Trientalis borealis), are the repetitive sevens. Seven, sepals, seven petals and seven anthers.  That is, unless there are six.  Or five. Or eight or nine. Generally though, seven is the predominate number. They also can be found in singles or triples.

 

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