April 26, 2020
A few days ago I walked over to our grounds-keeping area. In the almost-four years I’ve lived in this community, I’d never done that. The natural areas also called to me.
January 12, 2010
For some time I’d been watching the Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex—an annex to Oberlin College’s Hall Auditorium—as it was being built. The copper-tile roof often beckoned, but somehow I never managed to bring my camera over to the building, and I was totally oblivious to the next-door Kander Theater. Today, in subfreezing temperatures, I fixed that. I also revisited a dumpster I’d photographed in the past and made my acquaintance with a new one. Old fall leaves rounded out the morning’s explorations. The sun was playing with me, one minute hiding behind clouds and the next barreling through at full blast. It made for unpredictable camera settings and varied looks to photos sometimes taken seconds apart. At 8:06 PM my feet are still cold, but I don’t regret my foray.
January 5, 2020
Two days before I photographed Oberlin in fog, I was happily running around my neighborhood photographing Oberlin in sunshine. In my memory there is not much sunshine in Oberlin winters, and I wanted to seize the day—especially because it had been cold enough for ice to form on the ponds.
1 What photographer can ignore an S-curve? I wonder if the curve here has to do with the varying depth of water in the pond.
2 The black things are almost-holes in the ice. Can someone tell me—or guess—how they form?
5 Are bubbles in the ice caused by decaying vegetation beneath that is releasing methane? Or maybe living plants that are releasing oxygen?
7 Sycamores always stand out, especially against a blue sky.
12 The woods were aglow with leaf lights.
November 10, 2019
Fall color was past its prime by the time I got out to Schoepfle Garden October 29. Still, some lovely remnants remained. Besides photographing them as is, I played around with intentional camera movement (ICM) again. That I took the fourth photo here is thanks to Steve Schwartzman, who asked in the comments section of the last post, “In any of these, did you zoom your lens while you moved the camera?” I had not, but at Steve’s prompt, I tried it on this trip. Will try it again. What fun.
May 4, 2019
In February my friend Lynda and I went to Fort DeSoto Park, which is sort-of near St. Petersburg (the one in Florida). I was having a hard time finding something photograph-worthy until I gave into my fondness for dying and dead palm fronds. Then I couldn’t get enough of them.
July 13, 2018
July 12, 2018
July 8, 2018
May 29, 2018
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April 30, 2018
A week ago Sunday I looked for hints of spring and found mostly the last bits of winter, photos of which posted this past week. But I also found the barest beginnings of the usually preferred season. You may have noticed occasional spears of grass in the latest posted photographs. Here are more, to be followed by less subtle signs. Spring has advanced since these photographs were taken, but perhaps you, like me, will enjoy lingering over the early stage.
April 29, 2018
April 28, 2018
April 19, 2018
Here’s, possibly, a new word for you: marcescence. The things you learn when putting together a blog post . . .
April 12, 2018
I saw more crystallized (if that’s what it is) ice along the Vermilion River March 26. My daughter assures me that this is ice that has partially thawed and then refrozen. She lives on a lake and often has observed this kind of ice along the shore.
April 9, 2018
March 29, 2018
Back in Ohio . . .
The word “nestled” comes to mind . . .
March 7, 2018
Every year, I’m surprised by the beautiful emerging or senescing leaves of the seagrape. Like fall maple leaves up north, no two are ever alike. I’m never in Florida in late summer, when the trees bear edible fruit.
My old pal Leptothrix discophora came out to play in the parks earlier this month. This photo was taken in a sweet lagoon of the Venice Myakka River Park.
February 17, 2018
My botanist husband said no when I asked if these were palm leaves. No, he said patiently, these are cycad leaves. So I Googled to see if cycads and palms are closely related. No dice. But at least I’m not way off base in thinking they may be. Here’s the sentence from Wikipedia’s Cycad page that felt forgiving: “Because of their superficial resemblance, they are sometimes mistaken for palms or ferns, but they are not closely related to either group.”
February 16, 2018
February 15, 2018
February 14, 2018
This sabal palm leaf was floating in the water of Clay Gully, a tributary of the Myakka River. A polarizing filter on the camera lens and a little tweaking with Color Efex Pro in processing darkened the water and added to the leaf’s glow, which was substantial enough in the first place to draw attention.
February 13, 2018