09.29.2020 Misty Day Flowers

We’ve had several misty yet basically rainless days in a  row.  Supposably* tomorrow will produce more than a mist but I won’t believe it until we see it. However a mist does add a little “atmosphere” to flowers.

As I was driving through Quabbin Park yesterday morning I noticed a few patches of purple, white, and red in an occasionally mowed meadow and turned around to see what was there.

Late Purple American-aster-Symphyotrichum patens. These can be white also but I preferred this color and the way the mist drops are more evident. The other color that attracted my attention was Common Lowbush Blueberry-Vaccinium angustifolium which turns a deep red in Autumn and I did make some images with the white asters but wasn’t really thrilled with many of them.

From a distance the white flowers and red foliage looked like they were tightly mixed but upon closer examination the flowers were more widely distributed so my first visualization did not come to pass but I do like this composition.

*President G. W. Bush used this “word” and was ridiculed for it.  Personally I like it and think it’s a nice combination of supposedly and probably. 🙂

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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35 Responses to 09.29.2020 Misty Day Flowers

  1. krikitarts says:

    You’ve expanded my horizons yet again, and twofold. First, I’m familiar with highbush cranberry, but until now not with lowbush blueberry, and the asters complement their leaves beautifully. Second, I’d not remembered “supposably,” but it’s much better than the alternative of “probedly.”

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    • I think he only said it once, but it received so much notice that it lives on…at least it does with me.

      When Mary Beth and I first moved in together, it was in a small house in Shutesbury, MA a few miles from our present home. At the time she was a legal services attorney practicing Landlord/Tenant law in Greenfield and would often come home stressed from her work. Next door was an unoccupied house surrounded by a rough meadow. Much of the groundcover was lowbush blueberry and she’d work off the tenson by picking a quart or two. That used all of our small refrigerator freezer space and started our habit of picking a year’s supply (we have some in our breakfast daily) which required purchasing a freezer.

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      • krikitarts says:

        There are wild blueberries in the undergrowth in our woods across the road from our cabin–not anywhere enough to be able to pick a quart of them, but maybe a teacup, and we love them just the same. Oh, to be able to have some in our daily breakfast!

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  2. Gallivanta says:

    American Presidents use interesting vocabulary at times. Supposably seems quite sensible when compared to a word like covfefe. 😀 The flower compositions are lovely.

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  3. Todd Henson says:

    Really nice, especially that first one. A beautiful little cluster of color.

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  4. The misty water droplets on both images really add an element of “freshness,” even though the colors in the second frame are timely to the seasonal colors, which I like very much. As for the bastardization of the language, Texans have been doing that for as long as I can remember, so Texan presidents are supposably not immune to the practice. I had an English teacher who was famous for telling me that I was not “pacific” enough in my conjugations.

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    • An English teacher of all folks. I got confused by an English teacher once who told us that we should use a plural for a group such as the “the group are”. Didn’t seem right then and still does not. As Ann mentioned above, it’s not just Texan presidents.

      Thanks for the freshness comment. That is zackly what I was going for.


  5. You’ve got yourself an excellent asterly pair of portraits.

    Turns out supposably is in various dictionaries: https://onelook.com/?w=supposably&ls=a

    I did a search to see how far back the word goes and found a couple of dozen examples from before 1900:

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  6. Beautiful images Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    The meadows and verges are sporting some terrific color combos these days. I hope tonight’s rain doesn’t take too much down, but already lots of leaves have already fallen. The rain is most important however!

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    • I haven’t seen much in the way of fallen leaves but our large white pine has dressed our yard in needles. Fortunately we use them for our blueberries and Rhododendrons so they come in handy.There’s a bit more rain tomorrow.


      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, I look upon all the leaf and needle litter as precious fertilizer. It kills me seeing folks putting it to the curb and then using Scott’s Weed and Feed… argh!

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      • Well, we do weed and feed. :-). Hand pull and Hollytone organic goes under the needles. I can’t get Mary Beth to agree that the leaves can wait until Spring but they go into the woods to feed the soil back there. No yard “waste” goes to the landfill except the PI that we gloved hand pull.

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  8. Ms. Liz says:

    Love seeing these growing in the wild! I’m familiar with garden asters and have read up a little in the past on highbush and lowbush blueberries. The asters look so bright and cheerful!

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  9. The collection of the water droplet adds additional beauty to the flowers, Steve. I find both compositions very pretty.

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  10. These are beautiful, Steve.

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  11. susurrus says:

    I love the colours in the leafy picture. I like supposably too. I think we lose by not permitting more creativity with words. Shakespeare would be roundly ridiculed, no doubt, for his many transgressions of the norm. I have been re-reading some of my old grammar books recently having got completely mixed up by reading so much American as well as UK English and have been very shocked how abusive and unhelpful they can be.

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    • I agree on creativity…to a point. There is creativity and then just plain abusing the language. Kind of like the rules in photography. Know them before you break them. I don’t own, nor do I have any interest in reading, any of my old textbooks aside from those of science…botany, etc…but there is one I do read. My college collection of Shakespeare plays and sonnets.

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    Supposably, I love it. And the asters are very pretty with their misty drops. I like the white ones with the red blueberry foliage, too. The frost is coming to western Mass, and Steve is ready! 😉

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  13. shoreacres says:

    I posted purple asters on September 29, too — the feast day of St. Michael. They’re traditionally known as Michaelmas daisies, and yours are even more special because of the droplets.

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    • I’ll go look at your post next. I have a hard time keeping up with everyone’s posts sometimes but always save them and hope to not miss many. Dew or rain drops are always a pleasant feature and if the rain is gentle then an enjoyable experience as well. I recently purchased this umbrella so I could get out in the rain more. Usually anything more than a mist keeps me indoors as I am always worried about the camera getting wet.

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      • shoreacres says:

        I worry about that, too. Even sweat can be a problem during our really hot and humid days. I have to be really careful about dripping into my camera — it seems to be a known problem with certain Canon models on the less-expensive end of things.

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      • Sweat here can happen too although we are not as hot or humid as Texas. I have a problem that I bet you don’t. In cold weather the biggest “water” threat for the camera is my nose dripping. Usually that and my breathing causes my mustache to frost up but if I am looking down…look out below. 🙂


  14. melissabluefineart says:

    I really like these pretty flower portraits, especially the first one but they are good companions.

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