Hepatica

A spring wildflower, viewed up close:

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Spring resumes

The April snows melted, of course, and the flowers weren’t affected much at all. Here’s the same hyacinth patch as my recent snowy post:

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Lichens

Lichens growing on granite:

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I have a folder of neglected pictures called “lost and forgotten” – images that I decided not to post or print, but that seemed interesting enough to set aside. This one is from last winter, and I had forgotten it. Lichens are homely, but I love all the intricate detail.

Spring, interrupted

Just when I thought it was spring, we’ve had two April snowfalls, one after the other, covering the emerging tulips and these grape hyacinths:

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Crocus

One of this year’s crocuses:

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I had a couple dozen blooms until a backyard varmint ate them (squirrel? groundhog?).

Geranium

Another greenhouse flower, a geranium (cranesbill) species in an extreme closeup:

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Plumbago star

The same kind of flower as the last post, but from a different angle:

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The white star is the anthers that the last post showed from the side, in a different flower. The depth of field is very shallow – it simplifies and transforms the shapes.

Plumbago

An extreme closeup of a greenhouse flower:

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Thank you Wellesley College – the flowers in the Ferguson greenhouses are wonderful to visit in winter.

Winter flow

Two weeks ago, it was frigid and there was snow, last week it thawed and the streams swelled with melting snow. I went to my favorite creek for a look. Inspired by another photographer’s images of flowing water, I tried closeups of the churning water. There’s a long exposure that shows the scene and silky water, then closeups of bubbles.

When I pointed my lens in the middle of the flow at a high shutter speed, it captured motion and streaks of bubble detail. Looking straight down into the water next the the flow, I could capture more detail, bubbles breaking, and the changing dark surface of the water. Click a thumbnail to see an image at a larger size:

Frost stars

A small constellation of frost stars on clear stream ice:

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I often convert ice images to black and white, but I liked the blue highlights and the browns from the rocks on the stream bed. This wasn’t flat stream ice, there were bumps and contours you can see in the reflections.

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