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By design, we keep several areas of our landscape under the sole care of Mother Nature who delightsus in growing many varieties of wildflowers. This time of year, the tiny blooms of the wild asters explode out from under the raspberry brambles, creating a sea of purple in the woods.

“Starburst” (Wild Autumn Aster aka Starwort) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/3.3, 1/125s, ISO 400

Who says fireworks only happen in July? 🙂

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Dear Mother Nature, 

In utter desperation, I feel compelled to write to you to beg for your mercy!  

After enduring such a long and difficult winter, I may have spoken unkindly about you of late (and I sincerely apologize for that), but you must admit, you have not been playing fairly. Springtime should be full of hope and renewal, with crisp mornings that evolve into lovely days filled with warm sunshine and gentle breezes. The kind of days that draw us outdoors to the garden, to prune away the dead and to rake away the leaves, revealing the new life that awaits underneath. 

Sadly, this has not been the case! 

"Spring Glory" (Chionodoxa luciliae aka, 'Glory of the Snow') Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/7.1, 1/160s, -0.7EV, ISO 200

Instead, you’ve sent countless rounds of torrential rains, which flood our homes and gardens, along with damaging wind gusts that down our trees and destroy our landscapes. You’ve also teased us with a few unseasonably warm days only to strike us back down with snow flurries and chilling temperatures. 

Haven’t we suffered enough? 

Please, Mother Nature, if you could find it in your heart to put winter to bed once and for all and also, end all the cold and rain, I would be eternally grateful. 

Your humble servant, 

Tracy

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Extra: How’d she do it?

When I showed my husband how I took the above shot, he thought all of you might also like to know. Since we were experiencing chilly temps along with a brisk wind, I only went out shooting with my D300 (equipped with a 105mm macro lens) and SB800 speedlight (equipped with the Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud w/inverted dome). I was actually hoping to find Crocus blossoms (nope) but instead, came across one little bunch of ‘Glory-of-the-Snow’. It was just after 2:00 pm so the sun was still fairly high – not the best light for shooting flowers.

When I wasn’t achieving the results I wanted (notice the loss of detail in highlights and overall faded flower color in the image below), I thought about simply coming back later in the day when the sunlight wasn’t quite so harsh.

But first, I decided to give an unusual idea a try. I removed my Gary Fong Lightsphere from the flash unit (I wasn’t using it anyways) and popped it over the flowers (sans inverted dome):

It instantly diffused the harsh light and also, served as a great wind block! Took some jockeying to achieve the background and composition I desired in such a tight shooting space, but my efforts were well rewarded.

So, now you know! 🙂

…and inspiration! I can already predict that the winter months are going to be brutal for this nature photographer!

Note to self: find late-late-late-blooming perennial flower varieties and plant en masse in the garden.

"Fuzzy Wuzzies" (Hairy Seed Heads from Unknown Wildflower) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2,8G macro, F/11, 1/320s, ISO 400

On the bright side, just look at all those potential wildflowers for next year!

Another little native wildflower for ya. Enjoy!

Oh, Canada!

"Oh, Canada!" (Canada Hawkweed) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G macro, F/13, 1/50s, -0.7EV, ISO 500

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