Poppy

My backyard wildflower meadow had only a few poppies this year. I found this one just after a rain:

Blue dasher

A female Blue Dasher dragonfly hanging on a stem:

There was a light rain falling, and it was cool, so the dragonfly was cooperative. I did a series of images to explore different angles, and so I could stack for extra details. This is a stack of three images. As I watched, drops accumulated, and the dragonfly reached up and wiped its compound eye of some of the drops. Fascinating to watch!

Hydrangea

A few closeups of a backyard hydrangea:

I’d like to work on more abstract images of this flower, similar to the second one. The color and brightness shifts across the petals are good material for abstraction.

Summer meadow

My local Black-Eyed Susan meadow is in full bloom, with lots of other species to see: common and white vervain, three species of milkweed, and other flowers:

The site is a partly restored wetland that someone has profusely planted with annuals (different Rudbeckia species) and perennials like butterfly weed and swamp milkweed. Not all are natives, the moth mullein in the last image, but a feast for pollinators nonetheless.

On the coast (II)

A few more images from my trip to the rocky coast of Maine:

When I took these, I thought of them as black and white images, but as I worked with them I saw colors and highlights I wanted to use. The exposure lengths are 25 seconds, 8 seconds, and 2 seconds going from top to bottom.

On the coast

A view of the rocky seacoast in southern Maine:

This was taken at dusk. I wanted a long exposure to soften the action of the waves – this was an 8 second exposure. In this spot, the waves surged through the long crevice in the rocks.

The glen

Not long ago, I went looking for flowers with a group of people in a local conservation area. The scenery was more interesting than the flowers. It’s a steep, long ravine in a hilly area, with a stream rushing down through rocks:

It’s the deep green time of year. There’s nothing as refreshing as the sound of water and the green of the forest.

White and blue

A collection of white and blue flowers from the wild and the garden:

The flowers are: Cornflower, Baby’s Breath, Blue-eyed grass (twice), Foamflower. The Cornflower and Baby’s Breath are from this year’s edition of my wildflower meadow (only partially wild).

Starflowers

A group of the white woodland wildflower, Lysimachia borealis (aka Trientalis borealis):

Always delightful to find. There can be dozens of them in the forest understory.

Iris cristata

A view of a patch of this wildflower:

They are low to the ground, the blooms are about four or five inches high. This patch was about a yard across.