Pink Hyacinth

OK, so there are a few spring flowers blooming.  I captured this beautiful pink hyacinth on my walk around Smith Plantation on Sunday.  I love this kind of flower that is a bundle of mini-blooms which from a distance look like one big blossom.  The closer you get, the more you appreciate the individual flowers.

As I continue to explore the macro world, I am constantly amazed at the intricate shapes that make up small things.  The colors and curves that make each of these little flowers are a wonder to look at and make me appreciate the fantastic variety that is here in the world around us.  Whether it is vast landscapes or tiny microcosms, God’s handiwork is awesome!

Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/20 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400

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Details

One of the few plants that seem to have weathered the frost of last week are the hellebores.  I saw these blooming at Smith Plantation weeks ago and they are still thriving now.  Where most of the early Spring bloomers were withered by the cold weather, these beauties don’t seem to mind.  It is nice to see that not everything got crushed by the cold snap.

In this image, I decided to focus on just a small section of the petals to get the pattern and color as well as the detail of the veining.  Set against the bright spring-green behind it, I thought this made an interesting combination.

Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’
Archibald Smith Plantation Home – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/20 –  1/20 sec – ISO 400

Spring 2017 – Part II

I went out this weekend in hopes of finding some Azaleas in bloom but was sadly disappointed.  It seems that we are going to have two Springs this year.  One has already happened and the next is in process.  With unseasonably warm weather this winter, we had an early spring that started in January.  Many spring bulbs such as daffodils have already come and gone.

I’m not sure what the azaleas will be like this year.  Some had started to bloom and were killed back with the cold snap we just had.  Hopefully, the plants will recover and we can have Spring 2.0 right around the corner.  In the mean-time, I can still find a few examples of spring like the one above.

Smith Plantation – Roswell, GA
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/20 –  0.8 sec – ISO 400

River-walk reflection

It seems that the time-change has extended the hours of the River Walk along the Chattahoochee in Roswell.  Joyce and I went out around 5PM yesterday to walk along the river with the thought that we would be pretty much alone.  That was not at all the case.  The walkway was still very much in use and there were parties in the pavilions along the river.  It seems that, since this was a nice, warm and sunny day, everyone had the same idea.  I guess the fact that we just made the spring-ahead time change had something to do with it since there was no hint of the sun setting anytime soon.

We spotted this Canada Goose along the way.  I just loved the reflection in this scene.  Of course, within a couple of minutes, all the other passers-by saw it as well and the geese swam off due to all the close attention.  Oh well, at least i got a decent shot before that.

Chattahoochee River Walk – Roswell, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
210mm @ f16 –  1/20 sec – ISO 160

Sunday morning

It’s Sunday morning and I thought this was a good image to post before I run out to cantor at two consecutive masses this morning.  The Cathedral of St Augustine is full of stained glass but I really liked this one window which had sunlight streaming in through it.  The little streaks of color were dancing around in the cove of this window and made it fantastically beautiful.

Pray for me, that my voice doesn’t give out and I will pray for you for a great week to come.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
16mm @ f8 –  1/125 sec – ISO 800

Wishing I was back at the beach

This week has been a real challenge weather-wise.  It has been too cold and too dreary for me.  I know, there are other places that got snowed in and where it is really very cold but I was so ready for spring and summer weather that this is just not fair.

It’s only been a couple of weeks since we traveled down to St Augustine but I’m definitely wishing for this kind of morning over what I see out my window.  Gotta say, watching the sun rise over the waves at the beach would sure be nice right now!

St Augustine sunrise at the beach
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
70mm @ f8 –  1/250 sec – ISO 400

Remembering our Heritage

I have been preparing for the Roswell Photographic Society annual exhibit that is in conjunction with Roswell Heritage Days.  This image is from Barrington Hall, one of the “Big Three” historic homes that were built by the founding families of Roswell.  I was attracted to this spot for a couple of reasons.  The light was interesting – a combination of natural light from a window in the bedroom, and dark areas off to the side.  Also, the antique toy and aged papers on this portable writing desk, made me immediately feel the history associated with these items.

I am so glad that there are places like this where we preserve history.  It would be sad to think that we didn’t care or remember where we have come from and how much we have to be thankful for every day.

Barrington Hall – Roswell, GA
Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/38 –  0.8 sec – ISO 400