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 ūüôā

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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¬†Hverar√∂nd 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.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 10

Not so quotidian after all

In this post, I’d like to get things back to some of the very basics of Nature, which has no shortage of amazing, wonder-worthy attributes.

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The Simple Leaf

The leaf is a a rather everyday item that we encounter in many places. However, lest we forget that leaves are the powerhouse of plants. In most plants, leaves are the major site of food production for the plant. Structures within a leaf convert the energy in sunlight into chemical energy that the plant can use as food. Chlorophyll is the molecule in leaves that uses the energy in sunlight to turn water (H2O) and carbon dioxide gas (CO2) into sugar and oxygen gas (O2).

A leaf is made of many layers that are sandwiched between two layers of tough skin cells (called the epidermis). The epidermis also secretes a waxy substance called the cuticle. These layers protect the leaf from insects, bacteria, and other pests. Among the epidermal cells are pairs of sausage-shaped guard cells. Each pair of guard cells forms a pore (called stoma; the plural is stomata). Gases enter and exit the leaf through the stomata.

Most food production takes place in elongated cells called palisade mesophyll. Gas exchange occurs in the air spaces between the oddly-shaped cells of the spongy mesophyll.

Veins support the leaf and are filled with vessels that transport food, water, and minerals to the plant.

And, if this is not enough to amaze you, leaves are things of beauty as well.

Hope you enjoyed this!!

Technical Data

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens with a circular polarizer.  Exposure was at 1/320 second at f/8 and 320 ISO.

Full Disclosure Sunday

Do you hear snowbells?

Last week was a bit of a slump on posting, as I started the week on the road to attend New Hire Orientation at headquarters of the company I just joined; it took me most of the week to get my energy, and some of my inspiration, back, as I had spent the prior three weeks working my tail off to  get everything finished and my previous job and exhausted myself.

So now it’s time to revitalize and look toward the beauty that will soon return..

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Snowbells Popping Up!

These cute little snowbells ¬†comes from the same day of shooting as yesterday’s post Spring Into Saturday¬†at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. ¬†Whereas yesterday’s post was taken indoors, the temperatures on that March day were pretty comfortable, so I checked what might be growing outside (in northern Massachusetts it’s usually not much).

This is where I found these pretty snowbells that had just popped up within the previous couple of days.  Getting down low, they provide a nice little grouping.

I think that I might go find some more of these beauties on this fine Easter Sunday.

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4 L lens at 98mm.   Exposure settings were 1/200 second at f/9 and 400 ISO.  As the focal distance was rather short, the depth of field becomes nice and shallow for this image.

Spring into Saturday

Softly through the tulips

Even thoguh the Spring season has made its entry by virtue of the Sun passing the vernal equinox, New England has not seen very Spring-like weather; overcast skies, occasional snow and temperatures only coming a little above freezing have made this week feel more like a continuation of Winter.

Time to off-set the mood with something more reminiscent of what we’re hoping for…

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Tulips in Soft Light

These tulips were indoors at¬†Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which is a 10-minute drive from my house. ¬†A wonderful place to go recharge, when the weather hasn’t allowed for nature to catch up with the beauty you are hoping to see.

When I took this photo 5 years ago, the weather was much like it is today, so I took a trip to Tower Hill.  The displays were breathtaking, as usual, with indoor growth providing stunning color and even the occasional outdoor display showing signs of revival.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using a Lensbaby 50mm Soft Optic.  Exposure was at 1/100 second at f/5.6 at 400 ISO.  The Lensbaby Soft Optic has a center hole surrounded by many smaller holes, which produce the effect seen in this image.

7 Day Nature Challenge – pt 3

Trees keep our history and tell…

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of  Giggles & Tales, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.  Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her.  Go check her blog out!!

On this second day of Spring, I want to bring you something a bit more abstract…

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Re-Radiate

This shot came from a trip to one of my favorite places: Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, MA.  As happens quite often, my mind starts looking for something a little different to shoot,  which is where this shot came from.

Re-Radiate is all about recognizing the power that resides in trees. ¬†Trees store up energy and release it back to us, denizens of the planet Earth. ¬†In the process of doing this, they learn about what goes on in the world around them and store up a history of their environment. ¬†If we listen carefully, they may even tell us about it…

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/3 second with f/18 at 160 ISO.  A zoom blur technique was used to get the effect in this image.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger‚Ķ ¬†1/100 Sekundy‚Äės Jolanta runs a blog full of amazing photography!¬† Go check¬†out this talented photographer‚Äôs¬†blog! ¬†If she accepts this challenge,¬†I look forward to the results!

7 Day Nature Challenge – pt 2

Trumpets herald Spring!

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Stella of ¬†Giggles & Tales,¬†for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge. ¬†Stella’s blog is always full of interesting posts, which are a blend of poetry, photography and perspectives on the world around her. ¬†Go check her blog out!!

In this second post in the series, let’s celebrate the Vernal Equinox!! ¬†Yeah, it’s Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (don’t forget to say hi to Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere).

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Daffodil Time!

Today’s nature photo is one of my favorite flowers, the Daffodil. ¬†Their design makes for such an inviting, pleasant flower, calling all pollinators to come in from the breeze.

In terms of color varieties, I prefer the yellow-petalled with the slightly orange trumpet over the white-petalled or overly ostentatious orange trumpets.

Which varieties do you like best?

Technical Details

This is an iPhone 5S generated image using the standard Camera app and minor tweaks with Instagram.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger… ¬†Aspire To Amble‘s Kia runs¬†a blog filled with tales of travels all over the world. ¬†Go check¬†out this talented photographer’s¬†blog! ¬†If she accepts this challenge,¬†I look forward to the results!