Feather portraits

Got out a couple of weeks ago and took the opportunity to travel around a local marsh and the International Crane Foundation.  One place gave images of common birds seen everywhere; the other close-ups of bird rarely seen anywhere.  A great day for extremes.

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Spring on the forest floor

With the fluctuations in temperature and wetness there are days when it feels like spring wants to stay in bed with the covers pulled up.  Still, there is a gradual warming as the sun stays in the sky longer, and there are pockets of rain enough to encourage the plants to come out and get started on another year.

I got down close to see what’s coming up in the back yard forest and was rewarded with a few plants getting ready to bloom.  Wrestling with the macro equipment, tripod and lighting was a challenge, one that made me start wondering whether I have the right tools for the job.  Maybe I’d do more macro if it didn’t feel like I needed four arms!  Nonetheless, the images worked out fine.

The trillium is a woodland flower that seems to appear overnight – suddenly they are everywhere showing off their three petal flower.  I was lucky to find a few just getting ready to bloom.

The purple trout lily (named such apparently due to the spotted leaves) is all over the forest – looks like a new lawn coming up with all the green against the brown of the dead leaves.  The blooms will open up and curve back soon so I’ll need to be ready for that.

It’s the time of year a photographer could just simply go to the same place in the woods everyday and expect to see something new.  Have you looked in your yard lately?

Trillium

Trillium

Purple trout lily bloom

Purple trout lily bloom

Purple trout lily stretching

Purple trout lily stretching

Trillium

Trillium

Trillium

Trillium