Looking up…MMC 27

Another rushed post, and whilst on the topic of rushed, I apologise for not answering comments at the mo, but I do read them and very much appreciate them – things will get back to normal in a week or so :)  This is an upward view of Ghost Gums which are native to my part of the world here in SE Australia.  I love their white trunks and the foliage now highlighted in near infrared.   Also this is my submission for the 27th Monochrome Madness curated by the ever hard working Leanne Cole :)

gum trees

Golden Orb…

I am flat out with work at the moment and so this is the first time I have properly logged into WordPress for what seems an age (well 5 days!!), and is likely to be this way for another week or so.  In turn, I am snatching photo opportunities when I can.  This image was taken last Thursday morning just after sunrise with the fog so thick you could look at the shape of the sun :)

fog dam

As always, click in for a larger view.

 

It’s in colour…Monochrome Madness 26!

This week is the 26th Monochrome Madness Challenge posted on Leanne Cole’s blog (Wednesday mornings AEST).  Since it is a landmark posting of half a year, the challenge this week was to post a colour image that is monochrome.  I do love my bits of old wood and found this one last Saturday – weathered to this silver grey with a hint of orange from the lichen.  Congratulations to both Leanne and Laura Macky for starting and curating (Leanne being the curator) to what is fast becoming an institution :)

wood texture1

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A new view – near infrared…

At long last I took the plunge and had an old camera converted to near infrared :)  It is genre I have long admired and more recently the beautiful work of some fellow bloggers – Infrared Robert, Cybeleshine and Jan Flieger to name but a few.  I took my first images on Friday and in the last 36 hours I’ve had a lot of fun and an equal amount of disasters.  I thought I would share these two taken from outside our house this morning (not the most exciting scenery!) …I have SO much to learn :) :)

Road A blue sky experiment

Fractals in a Flower….

I haven’t had any time to go out and about with the camera of late and so another macro – this time of a Protea flower and also my entry for the 25th Monochrome Madness Challenge which is diligently curated by Leanne Cole.  Do check out the post (published Wednesday mornings AEST).  As always I was drawn to the pattern in this beautiful bloom with it’s incredible ‘fluffy’ texture and nature doing what she does best :)

protea

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The Orchid’s Lure…

On Friday, another visit to my favourite florist (Flowers in a Vase) resulted in me coming home with this beautiful orchid bloom (amongst some other specimens!). I believe it is a genus of the Lady Slipper family  (Paphiopedilum).  I found it both beautiful and wondrous – the insect falls down into the ‘lip’ and it’s only means of escape is a single ‘ladder’ of hairs which leads directly to the flower’s reproductive parts – amazing!   I would love to see what this would look like in UV :)

orchid b&w2

Taken using natural light. Please click in for a detailed view

A dam at dawn…

I took this image on my way to work this morning – very cold (-1C) and watched the colour unfold as I was driving.  I saw this dam with the wonderful reflections of the (very large) lambs against the increasing fog and warm pre-sunrise light – I had to stop and get out with the camera :)

dawn dam 2

Another high ISO as taken handheld about 30 minutes before sunrise. Click in for larger view.

 

Puddle Ice – Monochrome Madness.

This is the last image I will post for now taken during the sub-zero morning we had a week ago.  It’s a puddle with many frozen layers which created these beautiful patterns (and the wonderful physics I can only start to understand) .  It is an image which I both like and dislike, it was difficult to capture as there were many layers of ice of different opacity and sharpness but I liked the overall pattern. This is my entry for the 24th Monochrome Madness Challenge posted on Leanne Cole’s blog, initiated by Leanne and Laura Macky.  Thanks to Leanne for her precious time and effort that goes into the challenge :)

puddle ice1

Impressions of the wind…

Something of a bit of an experiment today.   A couple of weeks ago we had a day where the wind was averaging 75 kph (47 mph) with frequent gusts well over 110 kph (68 mph). I watched the tops of these gum trees which have newer growth being bent sideways in very harsh sunlight and was fascinated by the almost painterly like strokes they created as they moved back and forth.

winda

As always click for larger view.

Black ice?!!

Another image taken from the exceptionally hard frost last Sunday and my entry for the 23rd Monochrome Madness Challenge –  a frozen blackberry stem…The challenge initiated by Laura Macky (wishing her well) and Leanne Cole (curator) is a weekly smorgasbord of monochrome images from photographers all over the world and published Wednesday mornings (AEST) on Leanne’s blog :)

bramble stalk

Click for more detail, taken handheld.