Icy cascade

A winter view of a small cascade in a brook:

I’ve photographed this cascade many times, but it’s always different – this time it was adorned with ice. This is a four-minute exposure. I’ve been experimenting with longer exposures with neutral density filters.

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Frost on a leaf

After a mild fall, colder weather has started to arrive in my area. This was taken on a recent frosty morning:


Buddleia

One of the last flower clusters on my butterfly bush in September.

Buddleia (butterfly bush)

Aster curls

New England Asters are beautiful flowers, but they age too quickly – the flower centers change from bright yellow to muddy hues and the petals curl. In this image I used the curling petal patterns of an aging flower in an extreme closeup:


Muir Beach

Another rocky beach image, this time Muir Beach, just a few miles north of Rodeo Beach:

Blue asters

Some fall asters I found in a meadow, maybe purple wood-aster (Eurybia spectabilis), but there are lots of similar asters in my area:

Rodeo beach

Rodeo Beach in the Marin headlands on a foggy morning:

The fog was so dense I didn’t see the distant cliffs and rocks at first – B&W processing helped bring them out.

Three arrangements

Three arrangements of things I found in the woods:

This is a continuation of the natural still life project I started with the image of wild cucumbers a few weeks ago.
The first arrangement is a pile of Jewelweed flowers.
The second arrangement is of porcelain berry, a garden ornamental that has escaped and become somewhat invasive in the wild. The berry colors are beautiful, nonetheless.
The third arrangement is pokeweed berries.

Arranging things is a departure for me – I’ve preferred to make images of things where I find them. But that limits me with some subjects. For example, Jewelweed is hard to isolate, and it trembles in the breeze. Picking a handful of them (of the thousands in bloom) created new visual possibilities I couldn’t get any other way. I’ll only do this with the commonest of flowers and fruit.

Egrets and heron

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.

Live oak in fog

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.