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.

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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.

Under an oak

A view of the branches of a gnarly oak on a foggy day:

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Pearl Crescent

A very common and very pretty butterfly:

It was also extremely cooperative – it sat still for some, which is pretty rare for this species.

Arrangement: wild cucumbers

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.

Wild cucumber vine

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.

Geranium petal

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.

The lily pad

Three abstract views of lily pads:

A friend picked two lily pads for me to use. The top of the pad is plain and green, the flip side of the pad, shown in these images, has the pretty vein patterns.

In the meadow

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.

Allium

An extreme closeup of a garden allium:

A familiar globular flower; this image is of a small part of the cluster of flowers, and shows one floret with an anther popping through the opening petals.