These are recent images, and figuratively speaking, they’re all over the map.
The first photograph was taken at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. There’s a wonderful spaciousness there. I like the shapes and subtle colors in this image. From their website:
Padilla Bay is an estuary at the saltwater edge of the large delta of the Skagit River in the Salish Sea.
Because the bay is filled with sediment from the Skagit River, the bottom is very shallow, flat, and muddy. It is so shallow that almost the whole bay is intertidal. This means that it is flooded at high tide. When the tide goes out the whole bay empties out, exposing miles and miles of mud flats. This condition allows unusually large eelgrass meadows to grow. There are nearly 8,000 acres of eelgrass in Padilla Bay.
Eelgrass is valuable because it is habitat for wildlife and commercially harvested animals. Eelgrass is used as a nursery by salmon, crab, perch, and herring. Eelgrass is also home for millions of worms, shrimp, clams, and other invertebrates that are food for great blue herons, eagles, otters, seals, as well as humans. This is why Padilla Bay was selected to be a National Estuarine Research Reserve.
When we were there this spring, we saw over 50 Great Blue Herons far out on the tidal flats. Without a zoom lens I couldn’t get an image, but it was wonderful to see so many at once.
The blinds are a morning view at home – I like the contrast between the striped blinds and the soft leaf shadows.
The stairs photo was taken with my cell phone, then processed with a cloud effect in OnOne Perfect Effects. It’s a stairwell in an older Seattle building.
Then ferns and (I think) iris leaves intertwine in a garden, in a warm monochrome to show the contrast in textures.
The magenta colored flower is a common wildflower of the Pacific northwest, Fireweed, also called Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium). My camera got stuck in a very dark place! It was on a setting that I couldn’t get out of for an hour or so, and I took pictures anyway, out of frustration. I liked the way this turned out. It was actually full-on sunlight.
The last is of ornamental grasses blowing in a breeze at a botanical garden. I like the challenge of getting part in focus and part out of focus, by using shutter priority, trying different speeds, and focusing in different places.