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Spring Ephemerals

We went for a short hike up Mt. Hunger in Waterbury today (dutifully turning around at the “Trail Closed” sign above the waterfall…) I’d thought that, after being away from the Vermont woods for a month, that we’d missed the spring ephemerals. Not so! The trail up the mountain was alive with all the “usual suspects”! In places, the spring beauties covered the forest floor, and their fragrance sweetened the air! What a fine welcome back to the hills of Vermont!

Panasonic GM5, 12-32mm lens @ various lengths, various ISOs, apertures, and shutter speeds.

Emerging

emerging
Last fall’s maple leaf emerging from the ice

The ice along the edges of our pond is slowly receding. This maple leaf from last fall emerges…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/200″ exposure

In the woods

A little experimentation with motion blur in the Audubon Nature Center woods this morning…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ various lengths, ISO 100, f/22, 0.2″ exposures.

Curlicue

Red oak leaves and a curlicue shadow
Red oak leaves and a curlicue shadow

First the red leaves caught my eye, then I spotted the curlicued shadow of an adjacent weed. Lucky angle!

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 200, f/1.8, 1/2000″ exposure

Fade

Beech leaves fade from green to copper
Beech leaves fade from green to copper

Beech trees are some of the last to drop their leaves—even holding on to them through the winter as they bleach to papery white.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 800, f/1.8, 1/3200″ exposure

Beechwood

In the young beech woods
In the young beech woods

Young beech trees march off into the distance…

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/1250″ exposure

Sumac

Sumac reddening up along the Main Road
Sumac reddening up along the Main Road

The sumac is brightening fast. This branch is along the Main Road in Huntington Center.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 125, f/1.8, 1/1600″ exposure.

Three

Three chilly drops on an iris leaf
Three chilly drops on an iris leaf

Three shimmering drops of rain line up along an iris leaf.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/200″ exposure.

Frosted

A dandelion head on the morning of our first frost
A dandelion head on the morning of our first frost

Our first frost came right on schedule the other day. This dandelion head sported a crusting of crystals.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/18, 1/60″ exposure.

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