Autumn just getting started, but one maple in my yard is always the first to turn, and it always turns a brilliant red. So this afternoon I grabbed the Pentax K-01 and D-FA 100mm macro to take some autumn snaps in my little yard. I only shot for an hour in the heavy overcast, drizzly day. Here’s the results - click on any image for a larger view.
Leaf In Grass Stalks
This leaf caught in some decorative grass caught my eye and motivated me to get out and make some photos. The harvester (I grew up calling the Daddy Long Legs) was a bonus.
Leaf In Grass
Raindrops on Autumn Leaves
I live in the city and have a small yard - about 2700 square feet - but I’ve devoted about a third of ti to native prairie plants and they are taking hold. The grey coneflower booms in late July through mid September, but this year it lingered on a bit longer than usual. This one is probably the very last to bloom, here in October. I did not notice the leaf hopper till I processed the image.
Leaves on Pavement
Leaf in Thistle
Cosmos Seed Head
I found some Cosmos seeds around the house in July and stuck them into some of the pots on the patio. they took off and grew like crazy. Here is one of the seed heads - I’m harvesting these for planting next year:
Bones In A Pot
OK - so it IS October which means that Halloween is coming up… This rubber skeleton gets a few weeks of glory hanging by the door come Halloween. The rest of the year it spends bouncing around in the garage, getting dirty and building character. When I cleaned the garage yesterday I chuck it into some pots that are sitting out in the garage, and noticed it this afternoon. Soon as I get round to it, he’ll be hanging on the wall. As the song goes - When I die you don’t need to bury me at all, just nail my bones up on the wall…”
The weather is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you’ll get. Here it is, the first day of spring, and it is 18F, cold and snowing lake effect snow. I spent an hour or so outside hoping for some snow crystal images, but the snow is effervescent and not photogenic. Here is one photo from tonight - maybe the last for this season:
Click on the image for a larger file. I am not sure where the green tones come from - never got those before with this setup - but maybe it is just the power of the first day of spring.
Here are some more snow crystals from last weekend, February 2-3, 2013. I’ve shifted to the Pentax K-01 exclusively for this work. The image quality is outstanding (same APS sensor as in the Pentax K5) and the focusing aids make it a breeze to get quickly get the crystals in sharp focus. I’ve also come to see just how much diffraction affects these shots - so no more stopping down past f8!
No cold weather snow is in the forecast so it might be a while before we have more snowflake photos: