Gladiolus

I had not realized how difficult it is to shoot red objects until I tried with flowers.  Red just seems to be so naturally contrasty that it is hard to get it in a lighting situation without becoming all black or all white.  There just doesn’t seem to be much gray tone in here.  If there’s not much light it seems to be all shadow but bright lighting and you blast out the highlights.

I had to work to get some balance here but I thought this gladiolus bloom was worth the effort.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/7.1 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

#macro #Gladiolus #flower #closeup #red #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

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Patterns

Nature gives gifts as is sees fit.  For the House Finch, the male gets the color and the female gets patterns.  Male house finches have a red-raspberry color on their heads and upper body while the female is a somewhat drab brown.  There is a reason for this of course.  The males job is to attract a mate and to protect a territory for nesting.  The female one the other hand, needs to care for the nest which means blending in.  This is a common pattern for many birds.  The female tends the nest and does not want to attract attention.  It is a bad thing to let predators easily know where those eggs are.

As you can see here, the finch is not just a solid brown but is covered with interesting patterns which helps her blend into the background.  Seeems to be a successful strategy since my house finch family has had a whole bunch of babies at the feeders.  They are doing just fine without all that flashy color, thank you.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/7.1 – 1/640sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #HouseFinch #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Too much green?

My yard is full of an awful lot of shades of green.  Sometimes, it seems like way too much and other times, I just see this as a brilliant display of life.  Green is my favorite color maybe because it is so representative of life and growth.  In this image, you see a cone flower newly opened.  Everything surrounding it is green and most of the flower is still green.

Soon, the petals will turn pure white and the eye will be yellow.  The color is coming but for now, the emerald tones will have to do.  With all the rain we have been getting and more on the way, I think things will stay green for a while.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/7.1 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

#macro #ConeFlower #flower #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Transitions

One of the things I like to watch is how nature changes over time.  This hydrangea is a beautiful study of the progression of colors that happen as the blooms appear.  You can see the little balls that are formed when the bud first emerges.  The petals come out in a yellowish – green and then the blue color seems to creep in until it is covered with that glorious pale sky-blue.

I love the contrast this presents with all the shades of pastel colors and the many different shapes and textures.  This is always an interesting plant to observe.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/9 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 400

#macro #hydrangea #flower #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Summer’s gold

Just look at the pollen fallen off of the stamen onto the petals.  I suppose when a flower is called “Day” lily, there isn’t much time to get out there and spread the seeds.  These flowers don’t last long but they do make a lasting impression.

The shapes and colors are magnificent.  I love to get out and look at the structure of the blossoms.  There is so much texture and the color which looks to be a solid yellow has wide variation from green to brilliant yellow to almost white.  I am glad that even though the individual blooms don’t last long, the plants keep putting out flowers for a good while.  Hope to see a lot of them this season since the rain is plentiful so far.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/9 –  1/500 sec – ISO 400

#flowers #yellow #DayLily #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Amazing detail

The closer you look at the patterns in the detail of nature, the more amazing it gets.  I love to see summer flowers appearing.  It adds so much color to the landscape.  But when you look closely, there are so many more things to see.  This white coneflower in my yard is a nice pop of contrast with its white petals and yellow eye.  Looking at it close-up, you see a patch of star-shaped fingers surrounding the yellow center.  Nature never ceases to astound me.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/7.1 –  1/800 sec – ISO 400

#bouquet #flowers #ConeFlower#Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Little birds

Quite often, we ignore the little birds.  They are always around and they bounce from one thing to another.  If they aren’t super-colorful, we don’t really notice them but they are very interesting to watch and to see up-close.

The Tufted-Titmouse seen here is one of those high-energy little birds.  They don’t stay still much and even when they stop moving from one spot to another, they are turning their heads back and forth looking for any threat.  I’m thinking this may be a juvenile bird based on how thin it looks.  But of course, that may be totally wrong.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80sec – ISO 640

#BirdWatching #birds #TuftedTitmouse #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron