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The Queen’s Basket

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Dried Queen Anne’s lace makes a basket for its seeds

This dried Queen Anne’s Lace caught my eye the other day—I like the way it holds its seeds like a basket ready for the coming growing season (whenever that arrives!)

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

Elderberry

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Elderberry berries ripening along Taft Road

The bright purple stems of elderberry fruit heads certainly catch the eye this time of year. The nutritious berries are sought out by many critters including birds, bears, and homo sapiens.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/1600″ exposure.

Velvet Foot mushrooms

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Close in with velvet foot mushrooms on a elm stump by Fargo Brook

These velvet foot mushrooms caught my eye as I poked along Fargo Brook. They were growing on an elm stump right above the stream.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/20″ 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

Brush

A sparkling of frost on ornamental grass
A sparkling of frost on ornamental grass

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 640, f/8, 1/80″ exposure

Hosta Drops

Rain water cascades off hosta leaves by our front porch
Rain water cascades off hosta leaves by our front porch

As the rain came down off of our front porch roof, it dripped on to the hostas growing below. Water was pooling on the leaves and cascading from their very functional tips. I struggled with the proper shutter speed to capture this as the leaves themselves were moving quite a bit as the rain hit them. This 1/500″ exposure just about captures it…

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 68mm, ISO 2500, f/6.3, 1/500″ exposure.

Twining

A morning glory vine twines around a stalk of grass.
A morning glory vine twines around a stalk of grass.

A delicate tendril of morning glory vine twists around a ripened grass head in our front field.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/5, 1/2000″ exposure.

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry ripening along Fargo Brook
Wild Strawberry ripening along Fargo Brook

Springtime’s prolific wild strawberry blossoms along Fargo Brook are ripening into a pretty good crop of berries. I had to lay down flat on the ground to capture this image. And, yes, it was tasty as was its neighbor!

Photo Info: Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/8, 1/60″.

Jewel Weed into the Woods

Green jewel weed creates a bright carpet stretching into the woods.
Jewel weed creates a bright green carpet stretching deep into the woods.

As I was driving along Taft Road, I just had to stop and get a picture of this scene. The jewel weed carpets the woods along the road and deep into the shadows. I love the texture and tone.

Photo Info: Nikon D600, Nikon 18-35mm lens @ 35mm, polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/14, 1/40″.

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