This lovely native bush is in full bloom in early July. The blooms look like the brushes for baby bottles, hence the name. But this species is native to Illinois and its full name is Bottlebrush Buckeye. It spreads out and fills the shaded area. Some branches are low to the ground.
The sky was clear, but the temperature was cold. We decided to take several short walks in Morton Arboretum, late afternoon on New Year’s Day. As the sun lowered, the oak leaves turned gold and the colors on Lake Marmo, which was ice covered, offered reflections and colors. It was a great way to start 2020!
The sky was like a watercolor painting, with soft hues and colors. The clouds were sparse, but lovely. They looked a bit like popcorn in places. As the bright orange sun set, the colors and drama deepened. These were taken at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.
As the sun sets in my neighborhood, the brown oak leaves still on the trees turn a brilliant orange. As I walked I saw this brilliance framed perfectly by trees. Nature’s Golden Hour art framed for us to see!
Making a starburst image of the setting sun, is not difficult. But finding the right circumstances, weather, timing, and framing can be difficult. In this case, I didn’t plan it. I saw it, grabbed my camera and tried to find a view without the pesky water tower!
I’ve been sick with bronchitis the last few weeks. As such, I’ve watched spring blossom from indoors, not getting many images. But I have gotten a few. I’m trying a new editing method. These images have a slightly different look than Spring flowers in past years.
The snow of the cold winter is gone and the ground is thawing. Spring is beginning to emerge! With it comes a new camera – a mirrorless Sony a7 IIIr, which has the features of my Nikon D800. But it weighs a fraction of the 10-15 pounds I’ve been carrying. While these aren’t stellar images, they are a result of learning. The Sony menus are very different and I have a ways to go to find the settings that work for me. Enjoy Spring as it bursts forth!