I’ve never seen a sunflower this colour before. It seemed rather fitting for this time of year. The sun isn’t as bright or warm as even a week ago and this flower seems to fit in perfectly with the changing season.
Although my eye was drawn to the tall grass it was the field behind it, with its light and colour that completed the scene. All elements equally important. This photo was taken on a perfect fall day last year.
Continuing with my Thursday blog theme of trying out the Fuji XT-1, I took these flowers with the same lens (23mm). I didn’t really think to use a wide angle lens on flowers but I tried it and was quite pleased with the results. I’ve only ever worked with one camera at a time, a DSLR but with a Fuji in my future that’s going to change!
We’ve been doing more photo walks in the city, as wildlife at the nearby reserve is pretty scarce right now. We’re taking our time in areas we normally tend to rush through and are finding things of interest and beauty. The plants in the first two photos would look at home in the tropics, lush and dense but they are growing in some containers on a patio. The third photo is of a flower that made its way through a hedge and I liked the strong contrast of white and green. When I set out on one of these walks I never know what I might see and my 24-70mm lens gives me some latitude for nature as well as street scenes.
I wouldn’t have noticed this leopard frog if I hadn’t been looking in its general direction. Perhaps my footsteps startled him and he leapt for cover under the dandelion. These frogs are so well camouflaged that I wonder how many I may have overlooked so far this spring, this being my first sighting.
Early November, before winter has truly set in is a nice time to be at the lake. As the ice begins to form, a fall tableau is revealed under the frozen surface of the water. The park is quiet and expectant, waiting like us all for the long season of cold and snow that’s quickly approaching.
These are all very different flowers, what makes them similar is that they’re all found in the wild. The poppy was growing in a local wildlife garden, the white trillium (Ontario’s provincial flower) in a wooded area and the lily in a laneway. The trillium is one of our first spring flowers, reaching full bloom in May; the yellow and green contrasting nicely with the white of the petals. The other flowers were taken in July. Once the cold weather gives way to spring, I look forward to watching the cycle of new growth begin again.
I live in an area of the city that is a mix of the old and the new. Although it’s the downtown, when you veer off the main roads you’re in little neighbourhoods with an older feel. On this particular day I set out to take some cityscapes, something I haven’t done much of. My focus was on brick and glass, the play of light, patterns and shadow. I was working in that vein and then came upon the scene captured in these photographs; an old house with a tiny lawn and wrought iron fence that abutted the sidewalk. Room enough for this sparrow and a morning glory.
Fall begins today but the weather has remained nice and warm and we haven’t seen the last of the flowers. I took these photographs on a particularly sunny day last week when it felt more like July than mid September. I was happy that the metallic bee landed on the flower in the second photograph. A little jewel in a sea of gold.