06.14.2020-2 As luck would have it….

It’s back to work tomorrow morning. I know I have a ton of comments to respond to as well as your posts to comment on and I will catch up.  But this morning was my last “free” morning for a while and the new camera was itching to do its thing….which it did.

So the luck part.  Every once in a while you walk into a meadow and your perfect subject calls out “Hey, you…over here!”. That’s just what happened today as I came out of the pine woods into the wet meadow of Lawrence Swamp hoping for a few Grass Pinks. As it turned out there were several but the first was the prize.

Quite often I find that when there are several blooms opened one or two have small blemishes but there were none on this.  It was quite fresh and dewy. I was excited that it displayed four different profiles giving a nice view of its varied features. I guess a possible improvement would have been the upper bud opened and giving a view of the backside.

5D Mark IV, 180 macro, f/9@1/4sec, ISO 100, tripod, 6:18 a.m.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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53 Responses to 06.14.2020-2 As luck would have it….

  1. Todd Henson says:

    Very nice! I almost thought these were hanging flowers from a vine at first, then I noticed the stem down below. Beautiful color contrast.

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  2. Beautiful image Steve! Enjoy your new camera!

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  3. shungphotography says:

    Simply a gorgeous shot! Love it!

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  4. Glad you heeded the call! This is a stunner!

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  5. Ms. Liz says:

    Perfectly lovely!

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  6. krikitarts says:

    Wow, you are even more critical than I had previously thought (and possibly a bit of a closet voyeur, with a wish to see that upper blushing budding blossom’s backside)! That lowest flower is absolute perfection.

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    • Actually, the term backside has been the possible subject of a future photograph and post if I ever decide to loosen up on my PC tendency. We have a series of mountains (actually hills when compared with the Rockies, etc) called the Seven Sisters.
      Yeah, I can always find something that can make things better. Fussbudget when it comes to my images.

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  7. susurrus says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I hope your day goes well.

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    • Thanks, Susan. I worked three days and then took today and tomorrow off. All went well except the first which was long and required hard effort in the heat. But I lived. 🙂

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  8. shoreacres says:

    Yesterday, I found the last grass pinks of spring at the Watson preserve: tattered, dull, and clearly ready to exchange their blooms for seed. I wondered if yours had begun to bloom yet, and here’s the answer: a wonderful “Yes!” I’ve never seen one with so many blooms, but even this year I was a little late, so there could have been some as nice as this. Catching them fresh from the bud clearly is the trick.

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    • Fresh is the trick for them all. I was lucky although I have seen others with multiple blooms but this may be my favorite. I think the meadow where I find these locally will still be flowering this weekend. And they may be doing well at the bog too.

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, lucky indeed! It’s gorgeous, with the dew and the different orientations of the flowers. I keep thinking this plant should have a more elaborate name. 😉 I hope your first day is enjoyable – I assume there will be new protocols that could slow things down but it will probably be nice to get back to the routine and see people you haven’t seen for a while.

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    • It was an okay day although I ended up doing a few house calls that were difficult and n the heat as well. But I survived to work another day. One guy found another job so we are one delivery person short for the moment. Another replacement was due to be interviewed today or tomorrow. The guy who left ended up in the perfect job for him…working in a pot dispensary. 🙂

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  10. I imagined the bottom flower as a pendant.

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    • It would make a nice piece of jewelry. I once had a crush on a woman many years ago…back when I had the greenhouse full of cacti and the blind individual came over that I told you about…and had a jeweler make her an orchid pendant with a hollow that she could put a bit of perfume into. I was happy to give it to her. She liked it…and so did her girlfriend. 🙂 We were good friends for quite a while after that.

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  11. Gorgeous, Steve! Guess it’s working just fine for you! 🙏

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  12. Hannah Keene says:

    Beautiful, Steve. I’m glad you used your last free morning to try out your new camera!!! I’ve been having such fun with mine, having serendipitously gotten it right before the lockdown.

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    • Thanks, Hannah. I wish I had purchased it a the start of lockdown like you when I could have put it to more use before returning to work. But I am happy to have it after using the Mark II for so long.

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  13. Hannah Keene says:

    As you mention above, the one problem with a new camera, even a new iteration of one’s previous camera, is that you have to learn all the ways it’s different. It took me a couple of months to be able to do most things by feel with the new one, but like you, I’m so glad to have the new one – especially since it is *so much* easier to use given my deteriorating dexterity due to rheumatoid arthritis.

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    • Sorry to hear about the RA, Hannah. I hope things don’t deteriorate more and make photography difficult for you. I’m starting to have trouble with my knees which I am sure is osteoarthritis and may need some work done to them. Aging isn’t for the timid. 🙂 The Mark IV is a bit more ergonomic but my brain hasn’t caught up yet.

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  14. Hannah Keene says:

    LOL! Yeah, my brain is definitely slowing down as well. My had had gotten quite bad because I just thought it was osteoarthritis and figured that I just had to live with it. Then a close friend who worked her entire career in hospitals told me that the joints in my fingers were not age appropriate, and looked like RA to her. So I went to the doctor and sure enough. It actually turns out that I have 3 different kinds of arthritus, all of them bad. But at least I have now started medication, and that is supposed to slow the progression of the RA at least. And it has reduced the pain somewhat, which is a plus. 🙂

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  15. Dave Ply says:

    I’d have to call that a good start for the new camera.

    I’ve just acquired a new camera as well, a Nikon Z6. And as most of my lenses were APS-C I needed to invest in full frame glass too. Time will tell how all this works out.

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    • When I bought my first digital camera is was a Canon 10D and had the crop factor but I was still able to use my full frame intended lenses even though I had to buy all new as my FDs wouldn’t work. Ever since I’ve always upgraded to full frame so haven’t had to replace any unless desired as there were improvement made. I hope you enjoy the new camera and don’t spend yourself into the poorhouse which is so easy with modern camera equipment.

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  16. This really is a prize… A stunning photo!

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