An Experiment

I had an idea. I was sitting in my home office the other day thinking about how I need to do something to get me a little more motivated about taking photos on my walks. I pretty much walk the same paths over and over again and I can safely say that I’m getting bored. But then I started thinking about how much more interesting macro is when it rains. Since it wasn’t raining out I dug out a little spray bottle that I could tuck away into my pocket and filled it with water.

Red Tulip

Red Tulip

My first test subject was a red tulip. And I loved it! So off I went spraying and photographing everything I could find. Of course, not all the photos worked out but it was a lot of fun to try something different.

Wet Forget-Me-Nots

Wet Forget-Me-Nots

I had way too much fun spraying water on my subjects so when I got home I decided to take a break from dousing my subjects in water. Instead I got this shot of this Alpine rockcress in my backyard without any water on them.

Alpine Rockcress

Alpine Rockcress

Have you noticed that I’ve been finding different colours other than purple? I think Mother Nature is ready to expand her colour scheme. 

Purple Flowers

I went back to that short section of the creek trail and I was surprised to find, hidden way towards the back, all sorts of flowers in bloom. Purple ones, of course.

Common Periwinkle

Common Periwinkle

The periwinkles were everywhere. And they weren’t the only ones growing like crazy here. The Forget-Me-Nots were starting to bloom as well.

Forget-Me-Not

Forget-Me-Not

I struggled getting a good shot of the Forget-Me-Nots. They are so small and low to the ground that I had to contort myself to get a good angle and then to focus on them in an uncomfortable position made it that much harder. But I prevailed!

Grape Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

When I got home fro my walk I couldn’t help adding my own purple flowers, the grape hyacinths, to the mix. These guys are slowly getting bigger and a little more vibrant each day. 

Green

It’s another beautiful day in the neighbourhood. The apple trees in the creek are now in full bloom. There are white blossoms everywhere along the creek. I’ve been waiting all spring for this.

Apple Blossoms

Apple Blossoms

After spending some time with the apple trees I decided to check out a part of the creek I don’t normally go it. It’s usually overgrown and can be tough to navigate but at least it’s short. 

Catskin on Leaves

Catkin on Leaves

Stepping over downed branches and trees I found this lone catkin that had fallen onto the underbrush. I took so many photos of this catkin as the light faded in and out, until the light was just right. 

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

After untangling myself from all the dead branches I moved on to another section of the creek path. Here the Maples are showing off their new bright green leaves. And so ends another day out in the neighbourhood creek.

Thorns

I focused on finding some different things to photograph today from what I’ve shown in the last few blog entries. In the meadow behind my old high school, I noticed these old milkweed casings. They looked like someone tried to paper måche something and was unsuccessful.

Common Milkweed Casings

Common Milkweed Casings

Along the creek path, I found some dried teasels and decided to photograph them from a different angle. Previously I’ve been photographing them from the side but today I thought it would be interesting to see what they look like from above looking straight down.

Thorny pattern

Thorny pattern

Its thorns are sharp at the top and then begin to look soft and fuzzy at the bottom. More of an abstract photo.

Walking down another branch of the creek (the creek splits in two at the school) I noticed this large tree that was covered in white flowers.

Tree Blossoms

Tree Blossoms

Trying to be creative, I pointed my camera towards the sun with the flowers in the foreground. Shooting this way can get you great silhouettes of your subject. But by doing a little exposure compensation in the camera I was able to force the camera to expose properly for the flowers and get this soft glow of the sun behind them.

I wonder what new subjects I will find next time.

Curly Catkin

As we get further into the spring season more flowers are making their appearance as each day goes by. And while I wait for more to appear I just can’t help taking photographs of those pretty little white apple blossoms.

Apple Blossom Detail

Apple Blossom Detail

I plan on getting a lot of photos of these flowers while they’re around because before you know it summer will be here and these flowers will be long gone.

Lone Seed

Lone Seed

And of course, I can’t forget another of my favourites – the spikey seed. I’m waiting ever so patiently for these to start growing so I can see what they are. Seems spring is not their time. At least, not yet.

I did find something new today – the weeping willow tree catkin. 

Willow Catkin

Willow Catkin

In my research about the weeping willow tree, I found out that way back in 1763 a British minister, Edward Stone, did experiments on the tree’s bark and leaves. He found a substance called isolated salicylic acid. This was used to treat headaches and fever but was quite harsh on the stomach. In 1897 a chemist named Felix Hoffman created a synthetic version that was gentler on the stomach. He named this new version “aspirin” which he produced for his company, Bayer. Nature is pretty darn amazing.