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