Switch Grass

Another macro of nature in autumn explores the change of seasons in the passing of plants from green to brown.  The light and detail on this switch grass caught my eye.  I love the patterns on the little leaves and how the sun was back lighting the plant.  It was hard to find a time that the wind was not blowing things around but it calmed down now and then.

Bulloch Hall
180 Bulloch Avenue
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 –  1/13 sec – ISO 100

Old Mill in Autumn

 

Another happy accident when at Berry College.  My trip was intended to be for the purpose of seeing the Bald eagle nest but I also got the reward of seeing the Old Mill with autumn colors.  We had been out to see the campus back in June and this was a nice scene then.  With the beautiful colors in the trees it is even better!

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
21mm @ f/18 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Acorns and nuts

I don’t think I’ve seen a neon-green nut like this before. Must not have been looking!

I found this green-shelled nut in front of Barrington Hall along with these acorns and lots of other interesting bits of autumn.  I’m not sure what plant produced this bumpy little ball but the color and texture caught my eye.  I placed these on a rock near the front entrance of the hall where the morning light was falling.

If anyone knows what the little green ball is, fill me in on that.  Until that time, I put this in the category of interesting things that we usually miss because we aren’t looking.

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Barrington Hall
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/29 –  1/25 sec – ISO 100

Autumn at Berry College

I know I have been complaining about there being a lack of fall color but there definitely is some out there.  This is a clearing in the woods below the Old Mill on the Berry College campus.  Once again, I have to be thankful that the eagles were away from the nest when I arrived.  If they had been around, I would not have gone wandering the campus and might have missed this totally.  Happy accidents are pretty cool.

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
17mm @ f/18 – 1/80 sec – ISO 400

Coneflower dead heads

I read a post from Mike Moats a while back called “Dead Plants Make Cool Art” and since then, have been looking for some similar subject matter.  When I stopped by Bulloch Hall earlier this week, I found what I had been looking for.  This patch of coneflowers had the flower dead heads which have an interesting spiky ball and a couple of fading flowers still visible.

It may not be super colorful but I think this kind of marks the passing of time and change of seasons.  This is very appropriate for the season we are having here in the Atlanta area. Things are drying up and headed toward winter but there’s still a bit of Summer hanging on.

Bulloch Hall
180 Bulloch Avenue
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/11 –  1/100 sec – ISO 100

Tree Seeds

I found these seed pods and seeds on a walkway next to Bulloch Hall in Roswell.  I think this is from a cypress tree but I’m not definitely sure on that.

I was really attracted by the spiky exterior of the seed pod and then I saw the seeds themselves as they had been scattered when the pod bust open.  I brought a few home to do a little macro work and capture this detail of nature.  To give you an idea of size on this, one of the fully-opened seed pods is about the size of a penny.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/18 –  1/3 sec – ISO 100

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you and your families enjoy the beauty of this season and give thanks for all the wonderful things that surround us.

Since the Bald eagles were not around the nest at Berry College when I arrived, it seemed to be an opportunity to wander the campus.  There are some absolutely gorgeous spots here and since it is Autumn, the colors are nice right now.  I went out to see the Old Mill but stopped off on the way at this lake.

There are two lakes, built by Berry College students, on the road toward the Mountain Campus.  This one is called Mirror Lake while the larger, Swan Lake is just slightly downhill from this point.  The lakes are frequented by geese, ducks and a beautiful white swan as you can see in this image.  The sunlight off the fall colors and the reflections off the lake made for a perfect composition.

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway NW
Mount Berry, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
24mm @ f/16 – 1/20 sec – ISO 100

Berry College Eagle

Finally, I got over to Rome, Georgia at the right time to see the bald eagle nest at Berry College!  It didn’t look like this was going to happen at all.  When I first arrived on the campus, there were two photographers standing around and looking up at the nest.  They weren’t pointing camera, just looking.  I asked one of them if there was any sign of the birds and he said no, he had been waiting since sunrise (it was after 11:00 when I got there) and had not seen any eagles.

I decided to drive out and see what things looked like at the Old Mill (actually, that was pretty nice – more on that later) and then came back to the nesting site.  Apparently, the one eagle (I think this is the male) had just returned to the nest with a stick to continue the construction work.  After a bit of housekeeping, he popped up out of the nest and perched on a branch in the pine tree to allow us to take portraits.  He then flew to another tree across the parking lot from the nest and stayed there for quite a while.

It was quite a treat to see this magnificent bird in the wild.  I discovered two things on this outing – First, I always wish for more focal length when shooting distant subjects.  Secondly, I discovered that it is VERY hard to follow a moving subject with a 500mm lens zoomed all the way out.  It’s also nearly impossible to use auto-focus when that subject is whizzing by.  Probably need more practice!

Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
[Pro]Master Professional Gimbal Head GH-10 #5111
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
500mm @ f/11 –  1/1000 sec – ISO 800

Hickory nut

I went out searching for natural subjects yesterday and found once again, that interesting things are all around!  While our recent dryness has resulted in lots of browns, that does not mean that there aren’t any bits and pieces to catch the eye.

This scene includes a hickory nut and part of its shell scattered among leaves and twigs on the ground.  The autumn light helps bring out the detail and makes this almost monochrome image feel like you are exploring a forest.

Bulloch Hall
180 Bulloch Avenue
Roswell, Gerogia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/25 –  1/4 sec – ISO 100

V8 Power

I’m sure this was a work horse in its day but I can’t imagine how much gas it must have guzzled!

Here’s a case where I used my macro lens for something that might not be considered macro.  I have been playing a lot with the Nikon 105mm Macro lens that I got recently.  It has excellent sharpness and lets you get right on top of subjects to get that life-sized magnification that most lenses won’t do.  I am also finding that it serves well as a sharp and fast prime lens for just about anything.  I had to back up a bit more to get the shot of this V8 emblem on the front of an old Ford pickup but it gave me all the beautiful crusty detail that makes old cars so interesting to look at.

Post-processed with Adobe Lightroom CC and Nik Color Effects Pro 4 to bring out contrast and detail a bit more.

The Simpson Farm
3930 Roy Parks Road
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/11 –  1/50 sec – ISO 400