Surprise! Fall Crocus Blooms

I found a surprising bloom of a fall crocus in a place I don’t believe I planted bulbs. Not that I’m complaining. Fall Crocus blooms are always a surprise as leaves are falling and most plants have died back. They are a very delicate flower, with translucence and a very thin stem. They often shoot up higher than the stem can support the bloom and end up falling down to the ground. Not this one! It stood up tall and strong so that I could capture it delicate beauty.

Mama said there’d be days like this

Month of Mornings is a great exercise for a photographer!

Today, however, the skies darkened, the rain began to fall, the thunder was loud and the lightening flashed. 

The song “Mamma Said” popped in my head and I began singing, reminding myself that there will always be days like this, with imperfect light, bad conditions, no blue sky, and shadows everywhere!

There is Beauty in the Common wherever you look. Did I capture “beauty” in this image? 

Mid-Spring Flowers

The flowers continue to grow and bloom. The trout lilies are beginning, the bluebells are in full bloom, poppies are beginning, and buds are forming on a number of late-spring flowers.

Most of these were taken with my iPhone 6s and edited with the Snapseed App. I’m still limited in movement, so crawling on the ground to get the best vantage point is not an option this year!

Postcard Competition

I’ve recently joined some camera clubs and have been challenged to submit images for competitions. I’m still getting my feet wet, so to speak, but am having fun selecting and submitting images.

CACCA (Chicago Area Camera Club Association) has an annual Postcard Competition and I selected two National Park images to the competition. Today, I heard that one got Award (Glacier NP) and the other an Honorable Mention (Grand Teton NP.) This is a fun way to start out my “club” experience!

These were submitted through Mayslake Nature Study and Photography Club.

Early Spring Flowers in My Yard

I love Spring Flowers! I’ve planted many native flowers as well as bulbs over the years. Every Spring I capture their beauty, usually crawling on the ground and using a macro lens. This year, some physical issues keep me from crawling and getting low, but the flowers called to me. These images were captured using a long telephoto lens so I could capture them standing up. It was a windy day, but I managed to capture between wind bursts.

I will have a major crop of Bluebells and Trout Lilies in the next few weeks. Perhaps then I can get down and grovel in the dirt and get images from a low point of view!

Snowdrops-An Exercise in Selective Focus

I love Spring Flowers! Every year I collect an album of images from my yard, forest preserves and the Arboretum. 

My clump of Snowdrops was in full bloom, and using the macro lens with a shallow depth of field, I focused on different blossoms in each image. I was on the ground and driveway laying down and scooting around to get different angles. My neighbors must have thought I was crazy! Which do you like best?

Tree Branch Abstracts

I’ve been noticing tree branch patterns lately. When there are no leaves, the form of the branchs and shape of the tree are more obvious. I see a possible idea for a photography project taking root in my mind! Here is a recent image I captured at sunset. The beautiful, rich colors are a backdrop for tree branches. Maybe the first in a new series? Best start before the leaves come out, or I’ll have to wait until next winter.