Monochrome Monday – 1

Under a different light, yet still simple!

Just for fun, something light for Mondays: let’s go to black and white! There’s always something captivating about reducing an image to its basic components and stick to the variety of black and white tones that we can express in it.

Here’s a recent one that kind of stood out to me…

B&W Leaf under Red Light

The fun part of shooting this is that it was lit up with a red spotlight, which provided rather interesting contrast on a green leaf. The resultant structure really pops and produces a pleasing effect.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 147

Crawling up a leaf!

Welcome to the 147th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Lots of great Crawl photos with a ton of creepy crawlies, although I find most of them rather enticing and lovely! There were some touching crawling shots of babies, and even some adults! There were even multiple interpretations of Crawl, ranging from the Australian crawl to skin crawl and crawling with ants!

Thank you all for putting together this wonderful array of posts that were a blast to read. I hope that all of you enjoy them as much as I did!

Here’s a lovely little crawler…

Going for a bite!

This is another shot from one of my visits to Tower Hill Botanic Garden. I noticed this bug crawling on this magnificent leaf and loved the textures that were presented to me.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. Sarah posted some great photos in her post in By Sarah; those are some serious crawling hills!
  2. Kammie found some lovely crawlies in her post in Nut House Central; Nature provides some great variety!
  3. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post we get treated to a lovely sight: some rather cute monitors!
  4. Na’ama really unlocks the potential of crawling in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda and that photo just makes me want to sit there and enjoy!
  5. In theonlyD800inthehameau‘s post, there is a rather a cute twin crawling, who now plays rugby!
  6. In Pictures without Film, Ken has two great caterpillars! Which one do you prefer?
  7. I just love the photo in the post in Chateaux des Fleurs, which is a great example of what may crawl up on us!
  8. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie shares something that made her skin crawl… I can understand why!
  9. This week, pensivity101 shares some lovely crawlers with us, something that made her mum’s skin crawl!
  10. In a fun post in Reflections, we get to see that Lucy knows how to crawl under the bedding. We have one of those at home too!
  11. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand has a wonderful combination of beautiful photos and humor; go enjoy it!
  12. Jase’s post in Proscenium shows that there might be no way to do anything but crawl out of that driveway!
  13. Debbie’s photos in her post in Travel with Intent are stunning and colorful, as those snails crawl ever so slowly in Baku!
  14. Sandy would love to see more than a bit of crawl in Winter’s progress, as we see in Out of my Write Mind; she’s ready to plant tomatoes!
  15. Captain Jill brings us some wondrous crawly sea creatures in her post in Capt Jills Journeys!
  16. In another fantastic post in Heart to Heart, we get to catch up over coffee, as traffic is crawling by!
  17. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine shares the beauty of metamorphosis that is being achieved with a crawl!
  18. Brian’s post in Bushboy’s World features the color green, as it slithers along the tree’s branches!
  19. The wonderful photo in firehorseworld features a bit of crawl, which also has quite the jump!
  20. That’s an wesome photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery, where we get to see how a dog crawls through the snow! Our corgis can relate!
  21. Klar captured a gorgeous caterpillar in her photo in Sliku svoju ljubim II, which is a beautiful blog!
  22. Maria’s post in her blog KameraPromenader has a gathering of creepy crawlies… which is your favorite?
  23. Susan’s post in Musin’ with Susan documents the misadventures of Mathilda, who makes Susan crawl…go check it out!
  24. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais highlights that one kind of crawling that none of us enjoy: crawling traffic!
  25. I love the post from sgeoil, which is crawling with ants that are crawling everywhere!
  26. Tracy’s post in Reflections of an Untidy Mind documents the plight of insects, as their populations are dwindling. Her photos are stunning and her post makes a very sound point that we need to mind!
  27. In a great post in Another LQQK, we go up close and personal with some Japanese beetles, who are getting a food meal!
  28. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 shows that rolling stones can gather more than moss!
  29. Woolly’s post in Woolly Muses brings us the history of the Australian Crawl, which is very interesting!
  30. Khürt provides another amazing post with stunning photography in Island in the Net, where he explores the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Fan-tastic Structures

Natures origami

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Structure, which has made me very happy, as there is lots of structure in Nature and the world around us.

Yesterday’s post focused on the structure of a cabbage, as it grows and produces fractal geometries.  Today, I’m going back to a leaf structure, but very different from the first in this series.  Whereas the first leaf showed off the strength of support structures, this one is all about using fan-folding as a means of providing rigidity.

Here’s that incredible fan, as it radiates out…


This leaf is simple in its construction, filled with elegance and truly minimalistic, yet incredibly strong.

Hope you enjoy!

Beauty in Growing Structure

Fractal geometry?

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Structure, which has made me very happy, as there is lots of structure in Nature and the world around us.

Yesterday’s post focused on the structure of a large leaf.  Today’s image is more about how beautiful structures get created through growth.  The mechanics and construction of growing organisms are very interesting, as Nature favors those that optimize themselves to both adapt and thrive in their environment.  As a result, the mathematics that describe these structures are beautiful as well.

Here’s an example of structural growth…

Ornamental Cabbage

This cabbage is simply stunning in the complexity of the shapes that are in view.  Fractals are clearly in evidence here!

Hope you enjoy!

Structural Integrity

Holding it all together

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Structure, which is right up my alley, as I love finding structure, where not everyone might be looking for it.  Expect to see more than one post this week with a theme this fitting!

In particular, I enjoy going to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, which is a mere 10 minutes drive from where I live.  There is always something to photograph on any day of the year, and I have built up quite a catalog of images from there.

Here’s a bit of structural integrity…

Structural Integrity

As you can tell, I used the Sun’s light coming through this leaf to capture the strong definition of its structural members.  This leaf has wonderful definition!

Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 46

Structured thoughts!

The 46th episode of our weekly challenge jumped into another area of exploration through the theme of Structure.  As I’ve come to expect at this point, this has been another week of great entries with some extremely creative work!

The entries went into several directions, ranging from human-made structures to an impressive variety of natural wonders.  Again, there was some stunning photography and lots of great posts that were just wonderful to read.  You definitely make this a lot of fun for me to read!

Here’s another image from my trek to Tower Hill Botanic Garden…

Orthogonal Conditions

What struck me immediately about this leaf were the orthogonal lines working throughout; the color bands against the veins contrast one another.  The function and form come together in simple beauty.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Mac’s post in Southern by Design shows off some wonderful human-made structures in Wilmington, NC.
  • Leaking Ink‘s entry brings a completely different structure into view, as ants were rather busy in putting it together.
  • Bullyboy’s post in Travel387 brings us some beautiful structures made of flowers, which are very impressive.
  • Xenia’s post in WhippetWisdom brings some root structures into view that are nothing short of impressive!  It had to take some years for them to grow like that!
  • pensitivity101 brings the brilliant structures that are created by our friends, the arachnids, to the forefront in their post.
  • Marie’s structure in her post in The New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect is none other than a pyramid of glass and steel!
  • Miriam has us looking up in her post in The Showers of Blessing; up toward the beautfiul ceilings and magnificent structure!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude brings us to stunning temples in Thailand, which definitely on my list of must-visit locations around the world.
  • Steve shares the story and wonderful photos of a most unusual steel house in his post in A Bum Without A Beach; great post!
  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best brings us back to structures from a different time, when public baths were still the norm; interesting entry!
  • Candace takes us to the Denver Botanic Garden’s in her post in Netdancer’s Musings for a very airy structure that almost appears to float!
  • Cee brings us some fantastic structure in Cee’s Photography; another wonderful example of what Nature puts together.
  • Another great one to check out is Black Body‘s post, which shows a structure that I’d never seen before; curious?  Go look!
  • Debbie’s structure of choice in her post in ForgivingConnects is a labyrinth, which is often path in life, love and forgivenss.  Debbie has also started a series of prompts on Fridays, so definitely check them out!
  • Maria’s post in CitySonnet focuses on the structure of the waves with wonderful images.
  • Khürt’s entry in Island in the Net shows us a wonderful old Dutch style house in the Harlingen area of Belle Mead.  Great location and photos!
  • Emily found some rather interesting structures in her post in Zombie Flamingoes and even looks into the future!
  • Sonya found an impromptu shot of a structure being constructed in her blog Middleton Road.

This is another great set of images, posts and participation!  Thanks to each of you for taking the time and being creative!  Tomorrow we’re on to another week…

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Structure

Built with purpose

Welcome to Week 46 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. It was a tremendous pleasure to read the entries in response to last week’s theme, Nostalgia, which were just stunning and touching!

This week’s theme comes from my explorations over the weekend, going back to Nature for inspiration.  Saturday allowed me to explore the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge with my good friend, George, from which I will share more images.  On Sunday, my wife, Kris, and I visited Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which is the source for today’s image; many more will follow!

Today’s image gave me the idea to use the theme of Structure.  Whether in Nature or human-created, structure is key to growth, stability and beauty.  In Nature structure shows throughout optimized arrangements of plant growth, animals of all kinds and even the ground, upon which we walk.  Your challenge is to go out and highlight those aspects of structure that you enjoy most and share the beauty you find in structure.

So here’s the image that I captured that started me thinking…

Unfolded Strength

Fan-shaped leaves never fail to draw me in, as they are true expressions of Nature’s ability to find an optimal solution for the complex problems of weight distribution and strength.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • 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 (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I know that I am going to love all of your contributions to this week’s challenge. Structure is all around us and a lot of fun to explore!

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 6

Leaf power

Today, I am going back to Nature for this installment of Wednesday Wonderment, as she is a source of immeasurable variety, beauty and amazement.

Structural Integrity

This amazing leaf was in a tropical greenhouse at the Botanical Garden of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.  This botanical garden is both a fantastic exhibit to visit and see plants from a variety of biomes, and a research facility for the students of the University of Technology.  During our visit, a group of students was working with a professor to study soil characteristics, which was interesting to watch.

One of the aspects of Nature that continually grabs my attention are the structures that make up plants, leaves and trees; the distribution of strength in support of the energy production machinery is sheer perfection.  Even today, when I look at this image, there are little details such as the feathering of the lamina between the lateral veins; it might be indicative of the flow of energy and fluid through the leaf.

Each of these details have evolved over the ages, as successful function edged out other variants by the thinnest of margins.  It would be amazing to see the entire book of variations over the ages, as that would provide insight beyond anything that we have ever possessed.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and a 24-105 f/4L lens.  Settings were  f/5.6 at 1/320 second with ISO 1000.  The image was processed using the camera’s HDR capability.

Hope you enjoy this leaf, as much as I do.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt. 2

Folded right, we can turn over a new leaf…

The Wednesday Wonderment series examines some of the things that amaze and inspire me; lots will be in nature, but there may be some surprises.

Perfect Folds

“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.”
― Albert Einstein

Today’s image is all about structure.  Nature provides us with a dazzling array of structures that are optimized for the function that they perform.  Such is the case here with this palm leaf, which is perfectly folded to provide the strength needed to support its size, which allows it to capture as many of the sun’s vital rays as possible.

Structure that lends strength is seen in many places in nature, maybe none more dramatic than the giant sequoias.

There is also beauty in these forms beyond just the functional aspect; this beauty has us coming back time and again to appreciate a level of perfection that is rarely achieved in human endeavors.

What structure in nature is your favorite?  What draws you in when you look at it?

Thank you for reading this post; I hope you enjoyed it!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII with a 17-40mm F4 lens.  F-stop used was f/8 at 1/25 second, ISO 640.

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