Tuesday’s Tree – ep. 1

Green’s energy abounds

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re aware that I am a lover of trees and obsessed with a particular tree: the Yoga Tree.  Her strong beauty and vivid poses never cease to impress me, so I like to give her as much coverage as I can.  So how about a Tuesday’s Tree topic?

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Surveying the field

Of course, we’re starting with the Yoga Tree, but today from an angle that I don’t feature very often: a low view looking into the field that she keeps an ever-watchful eye on.

This image was from a beautiful July morning, when the sky was particular interesting as clouds were not lighted uniformly yet.  The scene is quite verdant and full of the promise of life’s boundless energy.

May your day be filled with similar energy!

Technical Details

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

WPC – Future Possibilities

There will be a break…

This week’s theme for the DailyPost Weekly Photo Challenge is Future, urging us to focus on the potential of things to come.  I am planning to post several images throughout the week, with today’s image looking toward a release from Winter’s grip…

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Breaking bonds

The Winter of 2014 presented us with an extended period of extreme cold that created enough ice to make it possible to traverse the large reservoir next to our town.  This image is from early in this freezing period, as wind had driven part of the ice cover against the shore, causing this lovely pattern.

The ice may be daunting, but it too shall be broken and relinquish its grip.

Technical Details

This image was shot with my iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Future

WPC – Looking to the Future

Warmer times ahead!

This week’s theme for the DailyPost Weekly Photo Challenge is Future, urging us to focus on the potential of things to come.  I am planning to post several images throughout the week, with today’s image providing a wistful look forward….

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Is it beach season yet?

This scene presented itself to me during a walk in one of our local state parks in early April.  Clearly someone was well-prepared for warmer times to arrive soon!

Let’s look forward toward warmer weather!

Technical Details

This image was shot with my iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Future

Things Are Looking Up

Vines above

I truly enjoy going exploring with photographer friends, as each of us sees the world around us in our own unique way.  Today’s shot is from one of those outings a couple of years ago on a beautiful Summer’s day.

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Looking up

We were taking a walk through a park in Connecticut (don’t remember the exact location), and I had decided to do some shooting with a prime lens rather than my usual walking around 24-105mm zoom lens.  There were some very interesting structures that had not been tended for quite a while, providing for a nice place for the vines to climb.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was shot using my Canon EOS 5D Mk III with a EF 50mm f/1.4 lens.  I have to share that I really like this lens, as it provides beautiful results.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 11

Fibonacci is everywhere!

There are certain aspects of Nature that inspire amazement when we look at them and even greater amazement when we analyze them even deeper.

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Fibonacci’s Flower

The mighty sunflower is an amazing little piece of mathematical design, when we analyze the spiral shapes in which the seeds are laid out.  I think most of us have heard of Fibonacci numbers: the sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on, so that each number is the sum of the last two.  When looking at the spiraling shapes in cauliflower, artichoke and the sunflower floret, as seen above, we see this sequence appear in front of our eyes.

Upon analysis, we see that those spirals pack florets as tight as can be, maximizing their ability to gather sunlight for the plant. But how do plants like sunflowers create such perfect floret arrangements, and what does it have to do with Fibonacci numbers? A plant hormone called auxin, which spurs the growth of leaves, flowers, and other plant organs, is the key: Florets grow where auxin flows.  This has been modelled mathematically by researchers to demonstrate the Fibonacci spiral count is the optimal dense-packing strategy.

How to Count the Spirals


The sunflower seed pattern used by the Museum of Mathematics contains many spirals. If you count the spirals in a consistent manner, you will always find a Fibonacci number (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, …). Below are the three most natural ways to find spirals in this pattern. Note that the black pattern is identical in all the images on this page. Only the colored lines indicating the selected spirals are different.
The red lines show 34 spirals of seeds.
The red lines show 34 spirals of seeds.
Choosing another slope, the green lines show 55 spirals of seeds.
Choosing another slope, the green lines show 55 spirals of seeds.
And choosing a very shallow slope, the blue lines show 21 spirals of seeds.
And choosing a very shallow slope, the blue lines show 21 spirals of seeds.

– See more about this at: http://momath.org/home/fibonacci-numbers-of-sunflower-seed-spirals/#sthash.XF0YpZoT.dpuf

Hope you enjoyed this bit of in-depth view of the sunflower!

 

WPC – Landscape (1)

Solitude by the pond

This week’s Photo Challenge presented by the Daily Post is none other than Landscape!!  As you might imagine, I am psyched about this one, and most definitely will do more than one post 🙂

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Autumnal Reflection on Rocky Pond

This moment of solitude was captured a couple of years ago at Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts.  It’s one of my favorite spots that I have photographed over the years throughout various seasons.

I hope that you enjoy this moment of quiet reflection.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge

Friday Travel Photo – vol 7

Stark beauty

Back to Iceland to vist one of the really impressive areas with geothermal activity that gives you an idea of the power of the planet: Hverarönd.

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Hverarönd Geothermal

 

When I walked toward this geothermal area in northern Iceland, the first thing that struck me is the smell of sulphurdioxide: rotten eggs!  With the barren landscape, its steam vents, the hissing of the escaping steam and the bouquet, it gives one the sense of walking into a landscape that would have been fitting for Hieronymus Bosch.

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Hverarönd: sulphur deposits

I could appreciate that people might have horrific fantasies of demons and trolls popping up from this landscape.

At the same time, one has to appreciate the beauty of this barren landscape, its colors and amazing contrasts.

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Hverarönd: Warm running water

Take a tour up north, the next time you’re in Iceland and go explore Hverarönd and the Myvatn area, as the landscape lover in you will not be disappointed!

Technical Details

Each of these images was captured with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens with a circular polarizer (hence the saturated sky).  Various exposure settings were used with an eye towards keeping adequate depth of field.