Monochrome Madness – Week 34

Yet another week has rolled around and so tomorrow morning (AEST) sees week 34 of Monochrome Madness on Leanne Cole’s blog.  If you are interested in monochrome images then do visit the post with global submissions from some very talented artists. This is my submission – ‘A Hint of an Orchid’.  I’ve been experimenting with very shallow depth of field using the 105 mm macro and am starting to get the type of images I want :)

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As always, click in for more detail…An orchid growing in a pot at home.

 

Purple Haze….

Well, I did go back to Alowyn Gardens for the flowering of the 100 Metre long Wisteria Avenue.  We were probably a week too early for the blooms to be at their best, but this was the only opportunity I had.  The smell was so heady, a real delight – and then the sound of the bees was wonderful :)  This wasn’t an easy shot, a very popular and busy garden and conditions that made exposure difficult – I think it was worth it though :)

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As always click in for a larger view.

 

Monochrome Madness – Week 33

It is hard to believe that this is the 33rd week of Monochrome Madness, hosted and curated by the ever hard working Leanne Cole and initiated by Leanne and Laura Macky.  It seems to grow every week with wonderful monochrome images from all around the globe.  This is my submission for this week – a side view of part of the 100 metre long Wisteria Avenue at Alowyn Gardens.

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Captured in near infrared on a modified Nikon D90

 

Tall poppies!

Today we went back to Alowyn Gardens and they had swathes of poppies currently in bloom.  My instinct was to get in the middle of them but it isn’t my garden so I stayed on the fringe and took images from the edge- still beautiful :)

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As always, click in for more detail.

 

Apologies as also I am behind in my reader – catch up day tomorrow :)

 

Spring has sprung!

Yes, at long last the weather has turned and today is the first day of daylight saving where the clocks have gone forward so it feels even more like we have turned that wintry corner.  For me, work starts to get busy, as does the garden and it’s macro lens time!   These two images were taken very early yesterday morning.  Click in twice for more details :)

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An ornamental pear blossom. Hand held.

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Wild garlic. Hand held.

A beautiful sky….

I took this image last Friday about 30 minutes after sunrise.  The sky was amazing as there was a weather front coming through which produced these wonderful cloud formations :)

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As always click for a larger view. Taken in near infrared on a converted D90

Watercolour…

I appreciate this image won’t be everyone’s cup of tea!  This is a complex reflection of a cliff face with gums trees growing on it, taken a few weeks ago at Turpins Falls.  (The website image looks like it was taken at about the same time of day)  The reflection is on a very large pool which in turn is being distorted by ripples from the distant waterfall.  I found  the patterns literally mesmerising as the late afternoon sun sank lower and the reflections became more vivid :)

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As always click for more detail – a busy image!

The long and short of it…

I’ve had the last week off work and the weather hasn’t been brilliant. On Tuesday, the weather was dark with heavy drizzle and I was inspired by a post on Leanne Cole’s ‘second’ blog to visit a local waterfall.  This was taken at Trentham which is one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Victoria at 32 Metres (35ft), taken with both a long and short lens :)

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As always, click in for a better view

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Click in for more detail