Double take…

Hello again everyone :)  I hope everyone is well…Even though I have been absent from the blog, the images keep coming – I have enjoyed the film swap between Infrared Robert and Helen Briggs and it got me thinking about digital ‘in camera’ multiple exposures. The results for me so far have been unpredictable, ranging from the truly terrible to utterly mind boggling.  This is one that is getting closer to what I want – a double exposure of grass in the wind.  I like the odd colour (I have desaturated this quite a bit) and to me it expresses early summer :)

golden grass 2

As always, click for a larger view.

 

 

The long rows (and a lot of footsteps!) ….

I thought I would share an image of the new spring growth at work (taken just over a week ago), which is going at what seems like a rate of knots.  This is from the block that has the longest rows – each is approximately 222 metres (242 yards) long – a lot of walking and far easier on a quad bike if you are in a hurry!

 

2000a infrared

Taken on a converted Nikon D90 in near infrared. Click in for a larger view.

 

MMC37 – A poppy in macro…

I have submitted this to the 37th Monochrome Madness and it is a happy coincidence that I have chosen a poppy to be posted on this special Remembrance Day (though this image is not of a Flanders Poppy).

poppy flower macro

As always, click in for a larger and more detailed view.

Hosted and curated by the ever hard working Leanne Cole and initiated by both Leanne and Laura Macky, posted Wednesday mornings (AEDT) – a heap of wonderful monochrome images from all over the world :)

Late spring seed heads…

Firstly apologies as I have been a little sporadic in the blog world of late – am playing catch up!

I saw this mixture of tiny little grass seed heads last weekend at Pyalong. The shape of some of the seeds reminded me of hops and almost looked like they were on little fishing lines – very delicate and pretty.  It was blowing a gale so not as sharp as I would want but the high afternoon light was beautiful :)

seed heads

As always click in for a larger view. These were about 3 cm tall :)

Rain on the plain…

Yesterday it was windy with heavy shower bands going through and I felt the urge to go to my ‘soothing ground’, about an hour north of where we live.  Pyalong again…it is much, much drier, but I had seen on the radar that there big, fast moving rain storms going through.  I captured this with the wind howling, in absolute spring sunshine watching the rain approach…now soothed :) :)

pyalong rain

As always, click for a larger view. Processed in b&w using a red filter.

 

Avenue of Honour – MMC 35

This is an image of the Avenue of Honour at Macedon.  An important part of Australian culture, there are 547 known avenues in Australia.  Each tree represents a person who saw or died in wartime service, generally in the First World War.  The planting of this one was initially finished in August 1918 – you can read the local newspaper article here.  Also this is my submission for the 35th Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole and posted Wednesday mornings (ADST)

macedon avenue of honour

Taken on Nikon D90 converted to near infrared. Click in for larger view.

A Dragon’s Eye?!

Yesterday I visited a wonderful garden filled with many northern hemisphere specimens – I don’t know what this tree was but the trunk and bark where wonderful!  A macro abstract of this ‘eye’ in the trunk which made me think of a Dragon’s eye…  :)

Dragon Eye

Click in for more detail..Moss, lichen and algae :) :)

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 :)

orchid b

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 :)

wisteria3df

As always click in for a larger view.