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Summer Wildflowers

Summer Wildflowers. Nikon D7100. ISO 200. 44 mm. 1/60sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Summer Wildflowers. Nikon D7100. ISO 200. 44 mm. 1/60sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Often, the most appealing and attractive outdoor scenes are the simplest – A few white wildflowers at the trunk of a tree in the midst of greenery. (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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Memories of Summer

Summer Dreams. Nikon D200. 28 mm. ISO 320. 1/125 sec at f/13. With digital editing. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

Summer Dreams. Nikon D200. 28 mm. ISO 320. 1/125 sec at f/13. With digital editing. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

With the weather turning sharply colder here in the northeast, it looks like winter is on the way. It’s now just late enough in the season that one thinks back to summer with fond memories of bright sunny days on the lake. Here is an image to give substance to those memories of summer. (I recommend clicking the image for a larger view – This photo is best appreciated full-screen.)

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Still Pond

Still Pond. Nikon D200. 55 mm. ISO 1250. 1/125 sec at f/13. August 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Still Pond. Nikon D200. 55 mm. ISO 1250. 1/125 sec at f/13. August 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Images from nature, with just a modest amount of tweaking – in this case, precise cropping and high contrast – take on an almost abstract character. Nature is full of patterns and textures.

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Pond in Late Summer

Pond in Late Summer. Nikon D200. 38mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/5.6. September 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Pond in Late Summer. Nikon D200. 38mm. ISO 400. 1/60 sec at f/5.6. September 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The calendar has rolled over into September. Here in the northeast US, the days are still quite warm. But the nights are cooler and you can feel autumn around the corner. Here and there, still rare, a leaf or two shows some color. But when the breeze blows through the trees, you can tell from the sound of the drier leaves that the trees have pretty much done their summer thing.

The light this time of year assumes a more mellow rich golden quality. As the poet William Wordsworth wrote (September),

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed(.)

These are the best days of summer, and the bright blue skies promise a glorious autumn. Helen Hunt Jackson wrote (September):

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.


 

 

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Byram River in Late Summer

Byram River. Nikon D200. 44mm. ISO 1250. 1/125 sec at f/11. 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

Byram River. Nikon D200. 44mm. ISO 1250. 1/125 sec at f/11. 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2014.

The Byram River flows through Greenwich in southwestern Connecticut. (Click image for larger.)

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