Yesterday morning I enjoyed a beautifully mild, breezy wander at the beach. I decided to try experimenting with my 6-stop ND filter and different shutter speeds to see what effect it would have on the appearance of the water. By changing my lens’s aperture, I ended up with a 1.3 second exposure for the top photo, and a .6 second exposure for the bottom. Do you have a preference?
Taking a photo of this little brown mushroom, newly sprung from a bed of damp moss, couldn’t help but bring me close the scents and textures of the earth.
Blue-eyed Mary is a wildflower that pops up faithfully every spring on the mossy embankment at the end of our property. It is very pretty but also tiny, and easy to overlook.
In the fall of 2015, I took a picture of this tree in all its golden glory. Here it is in the spring, blooming its heart out at the side of the road.
In summer and winter, this little tree almost disappears into the background foliage, but for two seasons of the year, it really shines.
(This photo is the result of an in-camera multiple exposure combining a straight and a blurred image.)
I was down in a little cove with my camera yesterday, when I noticed the rippled water creating interesting reflections. The constantly moving water meant every shot I took was unpredictable and unique. I chose this one because I thought it looked like someone had dropped ink in the water and then swirled it around.
A peaceful, misty morning looking out over Swanson Channel. I like to imagine that boat in the background is a pirate’s clipper ship. After all, this island was a hotbed of smuggling activity during Prohibition days…
There is something reassuringly solid about this landscape. The rocky shore endures the battering of the waves, the rise and fall of the tide, winter freezes and summer’s baking sun. It seems as though the only thing this beach wouldn’t be able to withstand is a rise in ocean levels, which may eventually drown it, and what a shame that would be. For now, though, it is holding its own.
I made a quick trip down to the beach this morning, exploring the interesting rock formations and the way they interacted with the surf. I would have stayed longer but my camera battery died — there is so much more to discover here.