trees reflected in the Potomac river, late afternoon August 25.
For months my focus was on taking accurate, real-life, representational pictures of plants; sometimes I ended up with something a little artistic. But as I gained confidence I more often aimed for art. This was one of those times. I turned up the exposure and highlights a tiny bit in Lightroom; otherwise this photo is untouched. It was almost exactly what I wanted, blurriness and all. Maybe I’m starting to get the hang of this…
Returning from Nova Scotia today. I’m so glad WordPress allows me write posts in advance and schedule them to autopost. I’m actually writing this on September 9, two days before leaving on the trip. I hope by the time anyone reads it I’ll have weeks’ worth of northern plants to feature as Flower of the Day.
Solidago species; Asteraceae (aster family)
I’m quite sure this goldenrod is different from others I’ve found and posted about, but I couldn’t determine which species it is. Neither could the people I asked on the internet. Oh well. It’s still pretty.
I wrote a few days ago about becoming fascinated with bees. Another fascinating subject is spiderwebs. To get this shot I had to go fully manual (the camera wouldn’t autofocus on a strand of spider silk). That was a first for me. Another first was using the develop function (other than for cropping) in Lightroom. Here’s the original photo:
I almost stumbled into this spiderweb while photographing basil balm (FotD July 10).
Eurybia divaricata; Asteraceae (aster family)
Just before leaving for Nova Scotia, I made a quick pass through the Carderock area to see what was blooming. Mostly I found white wood asters (and goldenrods, of course). One plant had a sleepy bee on it.
Verbesina alternifolia; morning of August 27
A few days after posting about common arrowhead (July 22), I found another stand of it in another little rock-bluff pool. I like this picture so much better, even if it doesn’t really show what the plant looks like.
I bought the camera intending to concentrate on flowers, especially macro shots, though I knew I’d be taking lots of landscape photos as well. What I didn’t expect was that insects, particularly bees and dragonflies, would be so compelling.
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) was featured on July 8.