Another look at frost crystals, growing on a grass blade this time:
The background is color is from leaf beneath the grass blade. Like the last crystal image, this is a stack of images that were combined for greater depth of field. The magnification is around 2x or 3x. Under the right conditions (temperature among others) frost grows in regular snowflake-like forms. Other times the crystals are fine rods, sometimes pipes, sometimes fern or leaf-like forms – the variety of forms is amazing.
A small, pretty yellow wildflower – though you may just think of it as oxalis, a weed you pull from your lawn:
Taken over the summer. It’s an in-between season here – the fall color is mainly gone, but it’s still warm, no hard frosts or snow yet.
I usually prefer soft light – cloudy skies, or the light at the end or beginning of the day. One this morning, I decided to try dew fairly direct morning light and out-of-focus effects.
First, a more straightforward view – you can see the dew is on foliage:
This second view is more abstracted and obscures the plant the dew is on:
Both of these are pretty high magnification (2x or 3x) and take with a wide open lens (F2.8). The plant is buter-and-eggs.
The photographs in this post were all taken in one morning. I went out early, hoping for late season butterflies in a big field near the Sudbury River. It was cold, and there was a frost down low at ankle height and dew at knee height.
Click a thumbnail to view the images in a larger size:
I worked from low to high, from frost to dew, finishing with the dew closeup. I wish now I’d remembered to bring a wide angle lens to capture the fall scene and the mist rising from the field. Thanks to all my readers for their comments and support – this is my 300th post. So many!
Another closeup of a scabiosa flower; there are a few still flowering in the naturalized patch of them I visit:
The colors were wonderful to view. From a standing height, they just look pink. As you get close, the other colors emerge. Not all flowers have the anthers – they may have male and female forms.