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Dahlias

Dahlia. Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/32. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Dahlia. Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/32. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

It is high summer – maybe even a bit past, but here in the Northeast, these are usually the warmest days of summer. The dahlias are reigning supreme in the summer garden. Dahlias are the national flower of Mexico. Their natural habitat is limited to Mexico and Central America. Dahlias were discovered by European explorers in Mexico in the 16th Century. Since then there has been extensive hybridization with the development of many new varieties.

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Study in Red (Dahlia)

Study in Red (Dahlia). Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f?36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Study in Red (Dahlia). Nikon D7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f?36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Can a red dahlia be too red? This one is like a “Hollywood” dahlia – completely uninhibited and glamorous – sheer sensuality. But is there a note of danger on top?

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Foliage and Red Dahlia

Foliage and Red Dahlia. Nikon 7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Foliage and Red Dahlia. Nikon 7100. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 250. 1/80 sec at f/36. Ring flash on lens. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

In addition to their lush colors, Dahlias are characterized by having a rich green foliage that can really hold its own against the flowers. Indeed, here is an image in which the foliage is almost at center stage while the flowers are in a supporting role. [Click image for larger.]

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Red Tree

Red Tree. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 500. 1/60 sec at f/9. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Red Tree. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 500. 1/60 sec at f/9. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Maurice Denis, writing in 1942 about the post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin (in ABC de la peinture, by Paul Sérusier), wrote:

“How do you see those trees?” asked Gauguin; “If they are yellow, then make them yellow; and that bluish shadow, paint it with pure ultramarine; and those red leaves? Use vermilion.”

For the vermillion leaves, he may have had in mind this tree in autumn. (Click image for larger.)

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White Fence

White Fence. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

White Fence. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

A nice scene encountered while out walking through the park with the dog.

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