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Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne's Lace. Nikon D200. Micro-Nikkor 105mm. ISO 250. 1/1000 sec at f/6.7. August 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Queen Anne’s Lace. Nikon D200. Micro-Nikkor 105mm. ISO 250. 1/1000 sec at f/6.7. August 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The ubiquitous Queen Anne’s Lace, found around gardens, roadsides and pastures and oft considered a weed, is a wild carrot. The flower attracts beneficial insects and, in my view, is lovely. Wikipedia tells us: “Both Anne, Queen of Great Britain, and her great grandmother Anne of Denmark are taken to be the Queen Anne for which the plant is named. It is so called because the flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center is thought to represent a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace. The function of the tiny red flower, coloured by anthocyanin, is to attract insects.”

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Branch and Leaves

Branch and Leaves. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/5.6. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Branch and Leaves. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/5.6. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

There is a world of texture and form in this one tree branch with leaves. (Click image for larger.)

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Garden Tree

Garden Tree. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 900. 1/60 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Garden Tree. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 900. 1/60 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

“Garden Tree” because it was shot in a Japanese garden, and the tree was perfectly placed in spite of its mass and scale. (I think this is a spruce, but would love to be corrected if anybody knows otherwise.) The trunk is especially interesting with these young shoots – It’s the strength and dignity of age along with the delicacy and enthusiasm of youth.

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Larch

Larch. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/11. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Larch. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/11. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The larch is a deciduous conifer of the pine family. The needles are very fine and airy, giving the tree a kind of ethereal presence. The larch is well suited to gardens, and especially Japanese gardens, which is where this one was shot.

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White Flower

White Flower. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/5 sec at f/16. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

White Flower. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/5 sec at f/16. June 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Another black and white image from the recent series of azaleas and rhododendrons.

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Water Lily 2

Water Lily 2. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/1000 sec at f/4.8. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Water Lily 2. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105mm. ISO 200. 1/1000 sec at f/4.8. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Another image shot the other day at the Hammond Museum Japanese Gardens in NY.

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Water Lily

Water Lily. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105 mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Water Lily. Nikon D200. Micro Nikkor 105 mm. ISO 200. 1/125 sec at f/16. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Water Lily. I particularly like the way the flower is reflected in the water in this image. Shot in the Hammond Museum Japanese Garden in South Salem, New York.

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Pine Cone (Larch)

Pine Coane (Larch). Nikon D200. MicroNikkor 105 mm. ISO 720. 1/60 sec at f/13.0. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Pine Cone (Larch). Nikon D200. MicroNikkor 105 mm. ISO 720. 1/60 sec at f/13.0. August 2014. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The larch is a deciduous conifer in the pine family. Larches are very attractive trees. The composition in this image – with so many lines going in different directions, straight and curved, and segmenting the space in unusual ways – is just weird. I don’t know if it “works.” It’s certainly unconventional. But I like the effect. In spite of the active background, the cone stands out.

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