I was in Claireville today with my friend Nigel shooting some macro photography. Mostly it was a hike where we took a few photos and chatted. It’s harder to get inspired once autumn begins to fade. It hasn’t gone yet but here in Claireville, autumn has mostly moved on.
But sometimes you find something interesting to photograph, if you look hard enough. These Elfdock were dried up and standing tall in open fields. Using a shallow depth of field, I was able to focus on just the one grouping and blur out the rest in the background.
It had rained a little this afternoon so this Milkweed still had some raindrops on it. This gave it a little more interest. I used the same technique as I did in the first photo to blur out the background, keeping the focus on the one plant. That’s the benefit to using a macro lens. When getting up close and personal with a small object the background becomes much softer allowing the focus to be on a specific part of what you’re photographing,
Common Blue Wood Aster
Deep on the forest trail we found these small blooms. Up until now I’ve predominantly seen the purple aster but this is the Common Blue Wood Aster. It seems that asters really like the fall weather. In my research, I found out that these small flowers are important food sources for butterflies, bees and other insects in the fall months. Once these flowers go to seed the birds will also be able to benefit in fall and into the winter months. Nifty little plants and another nice walk around the park.
My parents have a large garden in their backyard. Over the years, as they got older it got a little smaller in size. It’s still a large garden but we don’t have as many different things growing. One of my favourite things is our tomato patch, usually consisting of 3 different varieties including the grape tomato.
And these yummy tomatoes are finally starting to ripen. Too slowly for me, but I am still snatching them off the vine as they turn so I can instantly pop them in my mouth and enjoy, After grabbing a small handful, I headed out for my neighbourhood walk.
On the Dogwood rose bush I discovered these gorgeous red rose hips growing. These red jewels are full of vitamin C when consumed fresh, (just don’t eat its seeds) and when dried can be brewed in your cup of tea. I will be leaving theses ones for the local squirrels, rabbits and birds to enjoy.
I came across this cluster of White Asters. Only one flower has opened so far in this bunch. Did you know that each flower is actually a group of flowers? The white petals are ray flowers that surround the centre disk flowers, which are yellow. And here I thought it was just one single flower. I’m learning so many new things on these walks, I wonder what tomorrow will bring?
On today’s installment of my neighborhood walk, I decided to look for groupings and patterns in nature. My first grouping of flowers is these fluffy little puffballs that have obviously moved onto their next stage of life. I have no idea what they might be but they are soft to the touch.
I guess that they may have been a type of thistle or something.
I then came across this Queen’s Anne Lace whose pattern was broken by a little petal from the sumac.
Sumac petal on Queen Anne’s Lace
I don’t know if they call this little nub a petal or not but I’m going to refer to it that way.
Walking back home, I noticed these leaves poking out from a backyard fence into the creek area. I think they either belong to the zucchini plant or possibly a cucumber plant. Either way, I was intrigued by the veining in the leaf. I created a black and white image to accentuate the contrast between the veins and the rest of the leaf.
There are a lot of patterns in nature, and when you make an effort to look for it, you’ll find it everywhere.
The old high school track behind my house has become overgrown in some areas. This is great for me because it means I have more to photograph. Native plants have started to grow on the edges of the track, like these Red Clover and Butter & Eggs flowers.
Letting everything go wild definitely has its advantages. One being things look so much nicer with all the wildflowers and two, there are more insects like this blue damselfly around.
This blue damselfly rested on the blade of grass for quite a long time. I was trying to figure out if he planned on claiming this blade to sleep on or just needed a break from catching all those pesky small insects.
As I was walking home I noticed a few webs along one side of the bridge that crosses over the creek. When I looked closer, I noticed these creepy faces staring out at me.
There were three of them poking out of their adopted holes, waiting patiently for something to land in their webs. I didn’t stick around to see if they were successful, but I’m sure they would be.
Some days I don’t stray too far away from home for my photos. My mother has some beautiful plants in her garden, and one of them is the dahlia plant that is currently blooming in our front yard. They are like little bunches of love.
Our front yard garden is small with only a few plants, but in our backyard, we have a large bush of fall phlox. We have other plants around the house, but these two are my favourites.
I still went out for my walk and I found a couple of things to photograph, even though I didn’t feel as inspired to take many photos. One thing that caught my eye was this trio of yellow flowers.
I found this vine, from either a cucumber or zucchini-type plant, that is struggling to escape the backyard it’s meant to be in.
Vines and Fence
The textures of the leaves against the texture of the wood fence intrigued me. By taking away the colours it made the textures more pronounced. I guess in the end, I still found things to be inspired by on my walk.