Willow anthers

An extreme closeup of the anthers of a flowering willow catkin:

I went out searching for some spring color, this catkin was a happy discovery. These yellow anthers are almost as pretty as the Rosegold willow – I don’t know which willow species this is.

Birch patterns

When a piece of birch bark peels off, you see patterns such as these:

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This time I used the directional light to emphasize the shadows and textures on the bark surface instead of reaching for the diffuser like I usually do…

Melting ice

A closeup of the lacy patterns in melting snow:

Leaf under ice

A beech leaf under a thin layer of ice speckled with bright frozen bubbles:

Warm tones to contrast with the blue ice in the last post…

Blue

I often convert ice images to black and white, but not this one. Such a range of blue tones in this stream ice:

Winter scene

A closeup landscape of stems surrounded by snow:

White periwinkle

A flower from a visit to a greenhouse:

Sea oats and snow

A recent snowfall created a simple setting for these grasses:

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Calliandra

The full botanical name of this flower is Calliandra haematocephala, the common name is pink puffball. It reminds me of Australian bottlebrush flowers, but it’s from elsewhere in the Pacific – I found it in a greenhouse:

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Trees: five views

Views of trees in the landscape and close up:

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