floating on air

floating on air

don’t ask me how much “macgyvering”  it took to get this shot. just enjoy the results.

american white water-lily and flower (Nymphaea odorata)

  • Carol says:

    Ok, I won’t ask, but I will still wonder

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  • Felicia Cass says:

    Ah, there you are!! So glad to see you again. What a marvel of engineering and technical skill.

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depth of field

depth of field

i generally take about fifty versions of each image before i choose which one to post. i usually talk about my subject, or else my composition, but it just occurred to me today that i probably deal with depth of field issues as often as the other two. most of my fifty images each day are the same subject and the same composition, with multiple variations of depth of field. this is an example of a straightforward composition, and a familiar subject, with a very short depth of field, focused on the forwardmost explosion of this botanical firework.

allium

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tis the season

tis the season

you know how if you look closely at the skin of someone you know intimately, you can see the fine hairs that grow everywhere? i feel as if i know these daisies a little bit more intimately than i have ever known a daisy before. i’m not mad about it.

wild yellow daisies

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making sacrifices for art

making sacrifices for art

my husband and i have been coaxing along a little patch of native wild blue flag irises on either side of our dock. each fall we break open all the seed pods and encourage them to find a fertile place to take root. what started as a few stray plants is now a modest but vigorous patch on either side of the boardwalk. it’s been slow and patient work. the kind of work that grows almost geologically over years. so when my husband saw that i had snipped these two stems today for STILL, he was…well . . . let’s say he took the side of nature over art.

wild blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)

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botanical confetti

botanical confetti

this is the debris from yesterday’s flower arrangement. it was supposed to be swept up and tossed in the yard, but something about it was just a little bit too happy. so i threw it like confetti, in celebration of anything and everything. it has been a year of whatever the opposite is of celebration. for five minutes i decided to remember that there is beauty everywhere and be happy about it, before resuming what i hope is a respectful session of attentiveness and openness to the new world our young people are making out of the debris we left them.

roadside wildflower petals

  • Ginny says:

    Thank you, MJ, for this little corner of sanity in the midst of the opposite.

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