Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung,

The grass is riz

I wonder where the birdies is? 

I took my camera with me on my morning walk with Molly yesterday.  These blossoms are a common sight for about a week every year, but they caught my eye because of the large knot in the tree trunk.  Molly was very good, sitting quietly without command when I absent-mindedly dropped her leash in order to play photographer.  As per usual for me, this looked better in b&w because of the leading lines of the young branches and the column of blossoms climbing from the lower left to the upper right, hopefully leading your eye through the image._DSC1726 Gallery

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Some time back, my nephew, Garrick, observed that the Venice Pier is my equivalent of Van Gogh’s haystacks. I guess he is right because I always enjoy my annual visit to Venice, FL, and I spend a lot of my time photographing on, around, and under the Venice Pier.

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This photograph is from this morning.  I was hoping to catch the burst of golden light that occurs under the pier just as the rising sun clears the palm trees to the east.  There wasn’t much of a light burst this morning, but I did make a long exposure capture (this is two minutes) that caught what color there was.  I am fairly satisfied with the color version of this shot, but I like the B&W image much better.

While shooting this morning, I met another photographer, Steve (from Minnesota), who was shooting the pier with a pin hole camera. I enjoyed the few minutes we spent talking about our individual approaches to photography – he is still film-based, having, from I can determine, a pretty complete wet darkroom at home.  There are times when I do miss the smell of fixer, but that was then ….

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Walking With Molly #2

In this post, I am showing two more images of objects that I spotted while walking with our border collie, Molly.  Like the clump of onions in the previous post, these subjects were found on the asphalt path in the park across the street from our home. The first image shows a cluster of newly emerged leaves that had been blown from their branch by blustery winds during a rainstorm the previous evening.  The leaves were so new when they were blown down that they were virtually transparent.

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On this same walk, I spotted a string of pollen buds attached to a bladed top.  I am not very conversant about trees and methods of pollen dispersal, but I imagine this method works much like the rotary wing of a helicopter for dispersal by the wind and air currents. I have spent some time on the web researching this without much luck.  In the end, though, it really doesn’t matter what species of tree this came from or the method of dispersal used, I was simply struck by the sheer beauty of this natural object and wanted to share its elegance with others.

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