UNDENIABLE

The urge to get outside, to create, to look in wonder and enter into the season – it’s undeniable.

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From the bottom,

Crab apple blossoms, Maidenhair fern, a pine cone, a Magnolia branch in flower, A Magnolia bloom, fallen Magnolia flower petals, maple twigs with their dangling flower parts, more Maidenhair ferns in black and white, last year’s Magnolia leaf, chewed by insects, and the long, elegant needles of the Montezuma pine. All were seen Friday at Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, Washington.

Note on processing:

I procrastinated about buying the excellent Nik Silver Efex program for converting color photos to black and white. It was just as well because last week, the program became free to all, along with several other Nik programs for digital processing. I’m just getting the hang of it and I expect I’ll find the suite of programs very useful. The first photo, of a pine bough, takes a bright, sunshiny image to a dark place, thanks to the Color Efex program; the second photo’s creaminess was exaggerated with that program’s settings, too.  Sometimes though, it’s best to leave well enough alone – the final photo has only very minor tweaks in Lightroom.

All photos taken with an OM D-1 with Olympus 60mm f 2.8 macro lens. Yes, I brought other lenses, but I only had two hours. Changing lenses takes time, to switch out the lens and to reboot your eyes to the new lens. Besides, I just love this lens.

Next some near-abstract images, also derived from outdoor shots. Coming soon…


28 comments

  1. These photographs are absolutely wonderful Lynn and I love the way you are embracing the season. I’m hoping you’re getting enough opportunity to do just that despite your work schedule!

    • I almost didn’t add it because it doesn’t have the more upbeat or soft Spring feeling, but I took it the same day…and I thought there would be someone who would appreciate it! Many Magnolia trees around here are attacked by a certain insect (or insect) that eats all the flesh out of the leaves, leaving the veins. You should look under Magnolia trees – maybe it’s the same there, I don’t know.

    • The progression of cherry and apple blossoms is fun – there’s a very early cherry around here that’s simple and pale pink, then white ones, and lately, the very fluffly darker pink ones are out. The march of the fruit tree flowers!

  2. Undeniable indeed ~ your ability to capture the details and bring them shining into life as the main attraction is amazing Lynn. Extremely awesome images here in this series, and the opening shot mesmerizes me with the contrast. Beautiful.

  3. So beautiful! I keep longing to get out for a long walk with just me and my camera to get in closer to all the tiny details of the life bursting into being around me. At least I can admire from afar…and see through your lovely artistic eye.

  4. Montezuma pine—yes! Have never seen one in person, but you make me want to. That color is yummy, and I love the lines. Glad you’re still working with the maidenhair fern. These are lovely. We do have it in Ohio, and I have photographed it, too. You’ve inspired me to pay closer attention the next time I see it.

    • I think it’s a Mexican tree (OK, yes, it figures). It was huge, with the most improbably long, graceful bunches of needles – just gorgeous. The maidenhair fern that’s planted is slightly different than what we see in the woods, but both are incredibly delicate and well worth peering in at. I love the dark, thin stems against the silk-like delicacy of the leaves, and in the wild I love the spiral, curving arrangement.


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