Exhibit Selections – ep. 1

Wisdom across the ages

It took me a bit longer to gather the final list of images for the exhibit that I will be doing at work, but I’m there!  First of all, thank you very much to each of you for your input on the images, as it has been invaluable in helping me decide.

The amount of wall space that I get to use allows for around 10-12 images, plus an extra spot where I will put a larger print.  The bulk of the images will be the Yoga Tree and the one print that is not was requested especially by the folks at work.

Here’s the first of the Yoga Tree images that are included…

The Wise Tree

The Wise Tree stands with grace and wisdom garnered across decades

This image is from November, 2013, before we had any hard frost, as you can tell from the fact that there are still quite a number of leaves that didn’t fall off despite having died; usually a hard overnight frost will cause leaves to loosen to the point where even a slight breeze will send them dwindling to the ground.

On this particular morning, I was really attracted by the cloud pattern that I noticed in the sky, which fueled my decision to go and photograph the Yoga Tree.  When I saw her standing against this sky, in front of the rising Sun, I was reminded how she must have seen and experienced much across the decades, filling her with wisdom to be cherished by all of us.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard Camera app.  For printing, I did a bit os sharpening and some tonal adjustment in Photoshop.  The paper that I use for this print has a slight bit of gold flake in it, which further warms the tones of the lower section of the photo.


Saturday’s Sunrise – pt 6

The day ahead…

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, which looks to develop into a pretty warm day!  Luckily there’s no shortage of things to do around the house and in the yard, which will be done one at  time!

As I was looking at some of the sunrise images in my collection, I came across this Autumn shot from a couple of years ago, which caught my eye…

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Morning Reflections

The bit of haze across the pond and the serenity of the scene, make this one worthwhile for contemplating the day ahead and all its promises.

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Daily Prompt – Transformation

Change might be constant

Today’s theme in the WordPress Daily Prompt is Transformation.  Of course, there’s more than one angle to take on this topic, so I decided to go into the landscape direction for this one.

Transformation happens in Nature quite regularly, as seasons, weather and time combine to draw ever changing scenery around us.  Some changes are almost imperceptible, while others are quite dramatic.

Blue Pond

In ‘Blue Pond‘, we see a number of factors come together, as the Winter season has left its mark, while weather and time have changed the trees around the pond.  Nature draws us a complex tableau with beauty in many elements.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/60s and f/11 at 400 ISO.


In response to Daily Prompt – Transformation.

Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 4

Final batch of Yoga!

Here’s the fourth and final installment of the selection of Yoga Tree images, from which I will put together the exhibit at my place of employment.  For this installment, I’m giving you six images, from which to select your favorites; you’re allowed to select more than one, if you like them 🙂

There are no real absolute must-haves in this grouping, although I do lean towards one or two of them.  If you’d like another look at the first or second installment of images, the can be found in Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 1Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol.2 and  Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 3.

As always, I am very much looking forward to hearing your thouhgts on these images.

Thank you for your help!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lines

A line in the sand

Hard to believe that this is already the eighth installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Last week’s theme of Flowers certainly found a lot of fans, which means that it was a bit more of a brain twister for me to come up with something that I think might pique just as much interest.  This led me to depart from Nature’s beauty and head into the direction of geometry for this week’s theme: Lines.

Lines are all around us, to such an extent that our brains have learned to interpret them as visual cues that can both be useful and misleading.  In photography, we often use lines to lead the eye in a certain direction, as the image is not entered all at once, but rather specific clues are picked up, from which we assemble the overall image. [If there’s interest, I’ll be happy to do a post or two on how the brain processes images and its impact on effective photography].

So, this week, bring some lines to bear in your photography, and I’d love to read how you saw them come together in your image.  I think that this can provide some interesting imagery!

The Line.

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

This topic might be a bit of a brain/visual stretch, but I have every confidence in all of you!!

Technical Details

This image was captured using an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app; Instagram was used for a bit of sharpening.  The dichotomy between the right and left sides of the image is due to the angle of the sunlight playing with the iPhone lens.

Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 2

Choices, choices!

In this second installment of images that I am considering for the upcoming Yoga Tree exhibit, here is your next opportunity to give some feedback on which ones you favor…

I have an idea which way I am leaning with these choices, but I don’t want to influence  you unduly.  If you’d like another look at the first installment of images, the can be found in Yoga Tree Exhibit – vol. 1.

I’m very curious to find out what your thoughts are on this set of images; of course, you can select more than one!

Thank you for your help!

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 19

Winter wonderland

As regular readers may be aware, there is one season of the year that really stands out for me: Winter.  I’ll grant you that in New England, Autumn is considered by many to be the most beautiful, if not their favorite season.  I agree that the colors and smells of Autumn are fantastic, but the silent beauty of Winter, when there is snow on the ground dampening all sounds and the air is crisp, it’s not to be denied.

The other aspect of Winter that I really enjoy is to go out and explore during a cold day, traversing the solitary landscape and taking in its beauty for moments, such as in this image:

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Winter’s Beauty

Ecological Reckoning and Activity

Ecological reckoning of winter differs from calendar-based by avoiding the use of fixed dates. It is one of six seasons recognized by most ecologists who customarily use the term hibernal for this period of the year (the other ecological seasons being prevernal, vernal, estival, serotinal, and autumnal).   The hibernal season coincides with the main period of biological dormancy each year whose dates vary according to local and regional climates in temperate zones of the Earth. The appearance of flowering plants like the crocus can mark the change from ecological winter to the prevernal season as early as late January in mild temperate climates.

To survive the harshness of winter, many animals have developed different behavioral and morphological adaptations for overwintering:

  • Migration is a common effect of winter upon animals, notably birds. However, the majority of birds do not migrate—the cardinal and European robin, for example. Some butterflies also migrate seasonally.
  • Hibernation is a state of reduced metabolic activity during the winter. Some animals “sleep” during winter and only come out when the warm weather returns; e.g., gophers, frogs, snakes, and bats.
  • Some animals store food for the winter and live on it instead of hibernating completely. This is the case for squirrels, beavers, skunks, badgers, and raccoons.
  • Resistance is observed when an animal endures winter but changes in ways such as color and musculature. The color of the fur or plumage changes to white (in order to be confused with snow) and thus retains its cryptic coloration year-round. Examples are the rock ptarmigan, Arctic fox, weasel, white-tailed jackrabbit, and mountain hare.
  • Some fur-coated mammals grow a heavier coat during the winter; this improves the heat-retention qualities of the fur. The coat is then shed following the winter season to allow better cooling. The heavier coat in winter made it a favorite season for trappers, who sought more profitable skins.
  • Snow also affects the ways animals behave; many take advantage of the insulating properties of snow by burrowing in it. Mice and voles typically live under the snow layer.

Some annual plants never survive the winter. Other annual plants require winter cold to complete their life cycle, this is known as vernalization. As for perennials, many small ones profit from the insulating effects of snow by being buried in it. Larger plants, particularly deciduous trees, usually let their upper part go dormant, but their roots are still protected by the snow layer. Few plants bloom in the winter, one exception being the flowering plum, which flowers in time for Chinese New Year. The process by which plants become acclimated to cold weather is called hardening.

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.