Images

Jeffrey’s Shooting Star

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day

I have always like these flowers, and been frustrated by trying to capture them in photos. The combination of the small size and how they like to grow in very moist, often dark spots means that they often come out blurry. Especially since I really try to stay on the paved or rock lined paths. I was surprised to learn from Wikipedia that they are in the primrose family.

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Collage of the mountain

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I’m not much of a collage person, so this week’s challenge was a challenge. After humming and hawing I decided to try something totally new to me> making a digital collage of photographs. Here is a collage I made using Gimp from 5 of the pictures I took at Mount Rainier last week. I obviously have a lot to learn, and need to practice a lot but it was fun to try something new.

Cherry Blossoms

One of the things I’ve had to learn as I explore photography is that there is a difference between being in focus and having a focus for the composition. Often it seems like for the composition to have a clear focus one does well to have part of the picture out of focus. I chose this pair for the Focus theme because they demonstrate the difference between being in focus and having a focus.
Both of these pictures have the same elements but the one that is the header, while it is pretty much in focus, doesn’t really have a focus. I took it to try and capture the overall effect, how much the blooming cherry tree looked like lace.

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The second picture doesn’t have as much of the scene in focus, but it has a focus: the white blossoms.

BFF

I don’t usually post pictures of people, but the following is the best Friend picture I’ve ever taken.
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“Aunt” Dot was my grandma’s best friend from their first day at Stottville Elementary School (Upstate New York, near Hudson). Her smile could light up a room and she was dancing until she couldn’t walk. This picture was the last time they saw each other, roughly 86 years after they met. Aunt Dot passed away a couple of months later.

The question is this: is the back story necessary or does the  picture say it all?

For a few short days

This tree peony blooms spectacularly depending on the weather the blooms last three days to one week…and then it’s gone. It was almost a month later than usual this year because of the exceptionally cold winter that just wouldn’t give up.

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The only other flower I’ve seen that is both more spectacular and more fleeting is the night blooming Cereus.

Night blooming cereus flower.
Night blooming cereus flower.

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