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Larch

Larch. Nikon D7100. 50 mm. ISO 400. 1/1250 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Larch. Nikon D7100. 50 mm. ISO 400. 1/1250 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

I think the larch is one of the most photogenic of trees. It presents some very nice (and varied, depending on viewpoint) textures. A member of the pine family, the larch is actually deciduous and loses it’s leaves (needles) over the winter. The fine and lace-like appearance belies the fact the larch is one of the sturdiest woods for building.

Note the wide open aperture used in this shot. There was plenty of good light to work with (see the very fast shutter), so a much smaller lens would have been possible. A smaller aperture would have brought more of the larch branches into sharper focus. I think that would have had a different look. I like the background out of focus and the very excellent bokeh.

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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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Summer Garden

Summer Garden. Nikon D200. 50 mm. ISO 250. 1/400 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Summer Garden. Nikon D200. 50 mm. ISO 250. 1/400 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

As a winter storm approaches the northeastern US, here is a taste of summer to recall those warm sunny days in the garden.

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Rocks and Moss in Winter

Rocks and Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/150 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Rocks and Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/150 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This image incorporates a variety of textures to be found in the barren winter woods. The scene projects a feeling of life waiting in otherwise hostile environs to return in the spring inevitably to come.

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Triptych (Water1)

Triptych (Water 1). Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Triptych (Water 1). Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The original for this image was shot several years ago in Maine. The image has been reprocessed and then cut into these three panels. The original is sun on rippling water in a stream with grasses growing in it. It separates naturally into these three panels, each of which appear to focus on a different aspect of the stream. (Click image for larger.) The original image is here.

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Green Moss in Winter

Green Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/110 sec at f/2.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Green Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/110 sec at f/2.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

It’s always interesting how, in the midst of the woods stripped completely bare and seemingly barren by winter, we come across a patch of lush, soft green moss. (Click image for larger.)

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