28 Jul 17 I've been collecting portraits of all the wild flowers growing alongside our road to put together in a collage. I had two to go which were a strange form of dandelion - never could get one in bloom not in a wind storm - and a member of the thistle family commonly referred to as a Canadian Thistle in these parts but it may have a much different proper name. I began shooting the thistles last week as they were just beginning to bloom but was hoping to work with them for a week or so as they fully blossomed out. Yesterday I heard this horrible noise coming from what seemed like it might have been street side so I walked out only to see the county tearing up all the road edge vegetation including ALL the thistles. Not cutting the plants but literally ripping them apart and doing a pi** poor job of it. Two years of no cutting and then a wholesale ripping out of the plant life leaving the material to clog the drainage ditch. Fortunately I was able to get a dozen or so shots of the thistle earlier in the week so I'm sharing one of them for today's submission.
I've added a little micro contrast enhancement, painted out some background annoyance, and applied some small cropping for composition. Nikon D300s; 105mm macro; ISO 400; 1/60 sec @ f / 8 with fill flash.
31 Jul 17 You may recall a few days back I wrote that we have been waiting for a couple of years for the walk behind and above Grand Prismatic Spring to open lamenting that at the rate it was going it might be 2020 before it happened. No sooner had I sent that message than Jan got an email via facebook -- ugghhhh -- that the walk had opened that very day with a picture taken from the top of the walk to prove it. So now I can go take my aerial shot and share next year. Had serious thoughts of returning for the fall season to do it but the condo has been booked into October so that settles that. Now, thinking of the walk, perhaps I should write about some more of the things I want to see accomplished. I can think of a few. For today however we'll take another look at Grand Prismatic Spring. The spring occupies the entire bottom half of the picture and gives you some idea as to the colors found along the edge of the spring. This hot spot is a little hard to comprehend until you see it in person, but I'm hoping that once I can get a top down shot it will all make more sense. So might I suggest you hold onto the images I've shared from ground level to compare and contrast with the aerial I'll send next May. Or for those of you who don't like to clutter up your HDs I'll just remind you to go look on the blog to make the comparisons. And for those of you who plan on visiting and seeing for yourselves remember to allow yourself lots of time to really take it all in. A short walk along the boardwalk will not do it justice and will cheat you out of a marvelous opportunity.
I took the base image and added a tiny amount of contrast enhancement, deepened the blue of the sky to more closely match the blue color reflection in the water, and added the very faint cloud layer on the right to break up an otherwise totally boring sky. My trade off was shoot with the "fog" of the spring "helping" the sky but obscuring too much of the spring or going with a cleaner shot lacking cloud material with the opportunity of added in some later. I took the second approach. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/1250 sec @ f /10.