Twelve from 2013
What was 2013 like? I got out to California twice and explored the coastal hills, the beautiful grasses and oak trees, and to western Massachusetts to visit some beautiful scenery. It wasn’t a good year for butterflies – a famously bad one for monarch butterflies. I had good encounters with other bugs, but only one insect photo made this year’s list. And I continued exploring the inner spaces of plants, flowers, and ice crystals.
Snowflakes – Snowflakes on the side of a branch with an out-of-ficus snow setting.
Pasture oak in fog – An oak tree on a very foggy day, Sonoma County, California.
Rosegold willow anther – An extreme closeup of a very pretty willow catkin. As the anthers emerge, they are red first then turn yellow as the pollen erupts.
Dandelion – An extreme closeup from the flower center.
Dogbane beetle – I posted a different take of this beetle here in June; I may like this head on view better than the posted one.
Daisies – A field of daisies in July.
Upper Falls, Waconah Creek – From a summer trip to the Berkshires. Waconah Creek is in Dalton, Massachusetts. The other memorable waterfall on that trip was Bash Bish Falls.
Live Oak – Another view of an oak I originally posted as a vertical with a grass foreground.
Sassafras leaves – A leafscape of an unusual leaf in peak color.
New England Aster – Dew and backlight what drew me to this bloom.
Scabiosa abstract – A flower abstract that attempts a transformation of the pincushion flower into something unfamiliar.
Foxtail crystals – I’m sorry I could only pick one – there were several other good ones this frost season.
Happy New Year to all! Thanks to everyone who visits and especially people to take the time to leave a comment.