It is now officially winter down here in Oz and this last week was cold, dark and foggy (maximums of 6 C which for us is cold!). I like the fog and the silhouettes it creates – these are evergreen Eucalyptus trees. This is my submission for MM 2-14 hosted by the ever hard working Leanne Cole on Wednesdays – do have a look for a wonderful variety of monochrome images.
A brief hello again! The week has been a very sultry and stormy one here, a dramatic end to our official summer. This image was taken in near infrared late on Saturday afternoon as a storm was building – I love the way clouds render in near IR 🙂 🙂 It is also my submission for Monochrome Madness – week 51 (and a special week coming up next week) hosted by the ever hard working Leanne Cole and published tomorrow (AEDT).
I’ve been too busy to really play with the near IR camera but now I have a week off…I found the website for this garden, Alowyn Gardens, in Yarra Glen, and immediately thought of IR for the topiary (I have a BIG weakness for formal gardens!)…so here is the first of a few 🙂 Also my entry for Monochrome Madness, week 29 hosted by Leanne Cole.
…and nearly the end of pruning! I apologise again for not having been on WordPress and liking or commenting on posts. This is a snapshot of my working day at the moment – we will finish the major pruning this Thursday 🙂 🙂 Some interesting facts that went through my head the other day…approx 22,500 vines to prune but a double canopy so equivalent of 45,000 and each vine has four arms (cordons) held down by a total of 90,000 cable ties which takes around 3 months labour as all done by hand!!
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 🙂
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 🙂
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 🙂
This is a detail of the crown or top of a poppy seed head taken with the macro lens and lit by natural light from a window – I found the pattern amazing :). This is also my entry for the 22nd Monochrome Madness Challenge which is posted on Wednesday mornings (Australia Eastern Standard Time) by curator Leanne Cole.
This is a gum tree going through its natural process of shedding bark. Taken on a rainy day, a whole chunk had come away (you can see the stripes on the trunk behind), making this incredible natural sculpture. This is also my entry for the 21st Monochrome Madness Challenge initiated by Laura Macky along with Leanne Cole who is the curator. Do take time to check out Leanne’s post if you haven’t already..