07.15.2016 Invitation to a hike

Quabbin-Gate-15-invitation-060616-960One of many old roads located in the Quabbin Reservoir watershed, this one being Gate 15’s Atherton Brook Road (my name, I don’t think there is an official designation).

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07.14.2016 One last Pitcher picture

Employing the Venus Laowa 15mm macro to capture the entire plant in its surrounds.  Another prone piece of work.

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07.13.2016 It’s Queen Anne’s Lace season again

Although also known as “Wild Carrot” (Daucus carota) I have yet to eat one.  They are too lovely in the field or along our driveway to consider picking.  I’d rather have the plants come back year after year than pluck them from the ground so I can say I foraged my salad.

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07.12.2016 A piece of the puzzle

The puzzle is the wide expanse of what makes up our world.  Sometimes larger than life in our limited human experience and sometimes much smaller than our imagination can conjure.  In between can be found many levels for observation as we notice the various parts that make up the whole.

Yesterday I shared a raindrop that had clung to a lily stem.  This image is a study of the construction of a purple pitcher plant flower (Sarracenia purpurea) seen on July 10 at Hawley Bog.

Purple-Pitcher-Plant-flower-back-071016-1048I found this side of the flower just as interesting as the front.  It is the colorful bracts and gathered raindrops that immediately get our attention.  But the subtle combination of the complementary red and green tones seen on the sepals enhanced by the rainy day light bring me the most pleasure.

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07.11.2016 Canada Lily big and small

Yesterday brought us some much needed rain.  Not a lot, but anything is appreciated and we did get intermittent showers.  I had thought about going to Hawley Bog as mentioned yesterday but the threat of rain made me think of today instead.  In the end I decided to go in the rain as I have to take my car in for service this morning and it is a 50 minute ride each way to Hawley. The pitcher plants were mostly on my mind, but I was happy to find this Canada Lily (Lilium canadense) along side the boardwalk.

Canada-Lilies-in-rain-071016-1024Being restricted to the boardwalk limits the compositional possibilities.  In this case I could not back up so shot with a 24-70 lens.  But I also could not get as close as I would have liked for the water drops.

Canada-Lily-with-rain-drops-071016-960I am happy enough with this image, but would have loved to get parallel to the curved stem and have all the drops in a nice row and sharp as a tack. Instead I focused on the one drop that shows an entire flower and let the others fall into a supporting role.  In hindsight, I think this works better without so much to draw your attention. I am also glad that I went on a rainy day for something a bit different.

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07.10.2016 Steve and the Giant Purple Pitcher Plant

We’ve needed rain and got a little this morning while I was at Hawley Bog. Very little.  But that didn’t stop me from getting soaked.  The bushes and tall grass were leaning over the boardwalk and heavy with the mist/drizzle we received overnight. I waterproofed my boots but that could hold back the drenching from the plants. It was worth being wet to spend a few minutes with the pitcher plants and a nice stalk of Canada Lily.

There were not too many pitchers near the boardwalk where we are required to stay but one or two were in a good position to shoot. I lay on my side for this Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea) as well as a few more yet to come.

Pitcher-Plant-Flower-High-Key-1a-071016-960Very different lighting with this one seen a few years back.   There are also some orchids, one of which seen in the linked post as well, but again not as many and they are only just starting to develop.

While shooting this, I thought I heard a cascade or waterfall in the distance, but it was just the rain heading in my direction across the bog.  I don’t get off the ground like I used to, so got a little more soaked but happily so. Spray can boot waterproofing is only so effective and my jeans are like a sponge.

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07.06.2016 Wordless Wednesday…Along came a spider

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