On a visit to Rodeo Beach in the Marin headlands, I passed over the bridge when a flock of egrets and herons were feeding in the lagoon. As many as a dozen were there at once. There were Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Great Blue Heron. This image has Snowy Egrets and one Great Blue Heron:
The fog was thick that morning, and there wasn’t much wind, so the water was good for reflections. And the water relatively clear – something I rarely see in Massachusetts.
This is the same oak tree and the same foggy day as the last post:
The gnarly branches give a special look – it’s curving, irregular, asymmetrical, hunched. A different look than an upright pine, maple, or beech. – these oaks sprawl. I like the warm tones of the grasses as well.
An arrangement of wild cucumbers:
It’s a still life of sorts, but not on a table top: I did it outside, in natural light, where I found the plant. I picked the cucumbers, laid them on wild cucumber leaves on top of a big broad-leafed plant that was growing near the vines. I might make a series of arrangements like this one, if I can find the right material.
The tip of a wild cucumber vine:
I saw a photograph of wild cucumber fruit recently, and went to a place where I’ve seen them in the past. I started looking for the fruit first, and couldn’t find any, just vines covered with flowers. After looking more carefully, I found fruit hanging underneath the vines, some with flowers still attached. Lots of visually interesting stuff: the curious spiky green cucumbers, sprays of tiny white flowers, the spreading vines with spiraling tendrils. I’ll post other images later.
The edge of a geranium petal:
The colors are robust (no added saturation), a nice contrast with recent the more subdued lily pads. If you have a moment, stop by my new Print galleries page and tell me what you think. It’s a selection of new and old images, flowers, landscapes, wildlife, and so on.
A small bunch of wildflowers; click on an image to see it in a larger size:
Hedge nettle – A wildflower I hadn’t noticed until recently, in the mint family.
Joe Pye Weed – Blooms in profusion in meadows in my area, just a few florets from a large cluster, at high magnification.
Queen Anne’s Lace – Or wild carrot, Daucus carota. I’ve never eaten it – you can confuse it with a poisonous hemlock species.