Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
And so my garden grows.
An old rhyme (1744), “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary,” which this photograph brought to mind. These pretty posies aren’t silver bells, but they are bluebells, and growing profusely in the spring. Looking forward to photographing wildflowers this year, hopefully in the not too distant future.
What can better say springtime than a field of colorful tulips. Pretty, and bright, and happy colors. Fields and fields of tulips in springtime. Hopeful colors. Dancing away in a light breeze. A natural vibrancy that only Mother Nature can provide.
Landscape, and the bigger picture. Broaden the view where light and shadow can alter the vista. The way the sunlight burnishes the roof of an old barn, with mountains in the distance. There is detail also in landscape and the way the light captures that detail. The lines and angles defined by the shine of morning sunlight. Glimpses of remaining remaining snow in early spring. Slanted roof, curves of mountains and trees, horizontal rows of readied land for spring planting. That sense of sleepy awakening.
I used to work a bit in stained glass, mostly suncatchers, not the big leaded window designs one sees in churches and Victorian homes, as much. So details of wings especially intrigue me.
I used to create a lot of butterly suncatchers. Noticing this detail had me in my head, designing pieces of stained glass once again. Maybe some clear glass with copper threading, not necessarily heavier led channels. Delicate, whistful, beautiful.
Note the dusting of pollen on the wings, like golddust. Tiny particles, that from a distance we wouldn’t even notice. But up close, the powdery substance looks like someone had sprinkled yellow bits across the wings. Maybe some fairy dancing by with a basket of golden pollen, sprinkling it, dancing along.
Spring, what a joyful, magical time of year. Bright colors everywhere. and early spring, that unfolding after a long winter’s sleep. Reawakening. Alive and dancing among the flowers.
Seriously, I have spring on my mind. I’m just finishing off a season of mushrooms, and sorting photos from an amazing plethora of fungus and mushrooms this year. But in the meantime I’m now looking forward to the bloom of wildflowers in the spring, and buzzing insects, and especially to summer dragonflies and butterflies and bees. I think I’m ready.
When I first got the Tamron 90mm lens of course it was time to play. and spend lots of time learning. I have several tripods. One is a heavy duty tripod for when I’m using the 100-650 lens, and then at the oppose end of the spectrum, I have a lightweight tripod that folds up neatly to fit into my camera bag. I usually carry this one with me so I have something to work with, and it can hold my 18-400mm lens in a pinch as long as I’m steadying the frame. But mostly, I use the lightweight for macro work and getting close to the ground, or as in this instance, close to the bee as its collecting pollen.
Found a great buy on a trip last spring. Five dollars and I have found it to be about the best tripod that can handle from the heavy lens to the lightweight, and not an onorously heavy tripod. Older, but by golly it gets the job done. It isn’t about the cost of the tripod, in the end, it’s about what works for you as the photographer. This I have found to be true.
In the spring my favorite subjects are insects and wildflowers. This year the weather hasn’t allowed for much to be seen yet this spring as far as insects. But there have been lots of wildflowers. Here’s an up close and personal shot from last year.