I visited the spot where I usually shoot these yesterday morning. I was hoping for some sign of early spring but nothing doing. It was cold, breezy, overcast, and threatening to rain at any moment. I guess you could say it was early April showers.
Pretty soon though.
This is from 2011 and I probably posted it previously. It works much better in black and white which allows for separation from the mossy background. Were I shooting this today I’d do a better job with the highlights which, even after some serious attempts at correction, still are a little blown out, especially at the top of the bud.
On Wednesday I did the unusual and tried to catch a sunset lighting clouds over the Connecticut River but most were on the horizon and they only blocked the sun… clouds got in my way. I tried again this evening but with the same result. On the way home I stopped across from a favorite oak tree on Moody Bridge Road, which you might have seen here before at sunrise, and noticed that the clouds were catching a little bit of nice light as they blew across the sky.
Not a total disappointment. Now I am focused on the setting full moon over the river tomorrow morning. We’ll see how that goes.
Besides the leaves under glass this seep also hosts skunk cabbage-Symplocarpus foetidus which I visit most years at this time. For those unfamiliar, these are the flower buds which precede leafing out and create their own heat so are often seen poking through ice. The broken leaves do give off a smell similar to skunk spray.
I may have photographed this same clump last year or not. It looks a bit like this share from last February. Sometimes they are multicolored and other times just green.
I share this image on Facebook every year and have shared it here at least once before. Spring ephemerals are happy visions and I hope this brings a little of that joy as we wait for the real things to arrive.