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A Mix of Spring

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Ok, true this is a Christmas Cactus bloom at our dining room window, so not necessarily a “spring” photo subject, but hey, the flower has no calendar. Quite beautiful no matter when they decide to pop out.

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On the other hand, colorful spring sunsets are typical in SW Virginia at this time of year, given the number of weather cold fronts that move through, often with clearing skies and nice colors, made more special in my opinion when leaves are not on the trees.

The two images below show the hardy nature of Pansies, that were planted last Fall, and made it through cold and snow looking good. The first image surprised me when I walked by, and saw the “smiling face” look up at me. Spring is a great season for photography.

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Flowers

 

Purple Spring

Crocus flowers are springing up in our neighborhood, all purple and yellow. Beautiful! They don’t last long unfortunately.

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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Flowers

 

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Looking Close

It’s usually interesting and often beautiful to use your camera lens to “look close” and thus see things you may have missed otherwise. These phtos were made at a nature preserve in Greensboro, NC last week. A beautiful warm day, preceded by a cold and wet day, and followed by same. This is typically the sort of early December weather we have in this part of the country. Great photo weather non-the-less. Used my new Fuji X100T camera.

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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 

Departing Leaves

The colorful leaves here in SW Virginia are falling quickly, and it won’t be long before they are gone for another year. I figured I’d take my camera along on one of my morning walks to make some photos of what I see. One last chance, so to speak.

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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 

Fall Roses

Rainy days are mixed with sunny days at this time of year in SW Virginia and it was on one of the latter days when I made the photos below in a large rose garden at the Danville, Virginia Historical Center. Walking amongst these beauties, coupled with the wonderful smells from the blossoms was a real treat. Enjoy what I saw, sadly sans smells.

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Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Flowers

 

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Friday Mix – In a Garden

I often like to end a week with a mix of photos with a general theme. No story, per se, just a mix of interesting compositions. Photography is sometimes just “getting into the mix.”

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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Flowers

 

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Fall at the Train Depot

The old train depot in Bassett Virginia close to our home has been turned into a “farmer’s market” and when I last visited, the loading platform out front had been decorated with some appropriate “fall” items, all signifying the arrival of colder temperatures. I liked the way that the late afternoon sun was reflected in the windows near the decorations. It all made for a perfect photo opportunity. Stay warm!

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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in Flowers

 

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Tree and Rock Fungus

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Quite by accident (or luck) I spotted this very interesting and somewhat colorful tree fungus growing outward like a shelf about six inches wide on the tree’s base. That set me off to look for other fungus, no matter the kind. But first I decided to get a close-up view of the above image.

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Close in, the fungus looks like “snow” (to me anyway). Continuing along, I saw a large boulder in a neighbor’s yard, and on it I spotted some green fungus on top.

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Looking close again gives a much different view of what was there. This is why getting in close to a subject can be very interesting, depending on the subject.

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Once again, photography is all about having fun and always keeping your eyes open for interesting compositions.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 

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Take a Pick

I have sort of gotten into the habit of posting (on Fridays) a mix of photos with no common theme, except that I like them. I make many photos during the week mainly because I usually have at least one camera handy (like my iPhone 5S) and I like to keep my eyes moving around for interesting subjects and compositions. So here we go for today.

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Years ago I picked up the term “God Beams” from one of the professional photographers I follow. That’s what I saw on an early morning walk in our neighborhood, with the sun rays poking down from the opening in the clouds. After I got some distance from home I started looking at the sky and regretted I had not carried one of my cameras along. Then I remembered my iPhone 5S, which has an excellent camera. Lots could be written as a caption to this photo.

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This image is of grass and other debris sitting in the middle of a fairly large shallow puddle on the street at the end of a cul-d-sac where I was walking after a rain storm. Normally the grass in the pavement is dry brown and not so nice looking. But the sun beam striking the grass after the rain and the reflections off the water made for a nice image.

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As I was backing out of the driveway in my car recently, I looked to my left by the driveway door and spotted several very nice looking butterflies feeding on these flowers. Having one of my cameras on the seat beside me, it was a simple task to hop out and get close to make these two colorful photos.

So, there you go. Take a pick which one (or more) you like best. Photography is fun, but you need to get outside the house to make it really get interesting. Cheers!

 
 

Contrasts in Nature

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These two photos definitely contrast with each other. One bright and cheerful, the other not so much. Sometimes it’s nice to look for such images. Getting “close up” was important to me.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Close Up, Flowers

 
 
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