Reaching out

Reaching out

Reaching out, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

Here I was working with the light and layers of this cactus at the Huntington Library and Botanic Garden. This was in the Desert Hothouse. In this case I bracketed the apertures on the 100mm macro, taking shots from f/5.6 to f/2.8. In my first editing pass I thought I’d use one of the images with a little deeper depth of field. Always second guessing how far I should push my vision. Today, during the second sitting behind these images, I threw caution to the wind and went with the shallowest version I had. Enjoy.

Wildflower Dreamscape #3

Wildflowerscape #3, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

More from early spring. This from Figueroa Mountain just east of Los Olivos. The field was a potpourri of mixed wildflowers. Purples, greens, violets, purples, yellows. Just sat on the ground, 100mm macro, f/2.8, tripod at ground level (Gitzo Explorer model), carefully frame, focus, and shoot.

Remembering the Spring of 2010

Magical Suspension, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

Today is Memorial Day, the official start of summer and the weather has cooperated with the warmest temps of the year so far. Although Yahoo Weather says high of 75 and partly cloudy, I’m pretty sure it was a little warmer and there was definitely not a cloud in the sky.

Spring in southern California comes in April. By May the hills are beginning to dry out. On this May 31st, after an unseasonably wet winter, the hills are already clad in their summer browns.

This shot was taken during my flurry of wildflower shooting in April. Remember spring 2010. It may be another 5 years before we get another great set of wildflower blooms.

Just Weeds

Just Weeds, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

The cool spring this year has been keeping the wildflower active and alive. This from an outing to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve outside of Lancaster California. You would not believe the acres of bright orange poppies. Not only at the Reserve but also leading in and out.

Seeing all the poppies I was thinking that I wanted to showcase some of the other wildflowers with the poppies as their backdrop. These little purple flowers are just the blooms of a weed which seed into these little twisty stickers. I remember playing with these as a kid. They are very common. Here they get first billing with a nice contrast of orange and purple. I also really like the hints of in focus poppies on the left side of the image.

I’ll be posting more from the Poppy Reserve.