Day 286 – Orange Leaves


It took a while, but our tree finally turned. For about 2 weeks, the tree was mostly green with just the tips turning orange. This morning the morning sun lit the orange leaves beautifully.

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Day 194 – Monochrome Pepper

Tonight I wanted to do a still life, and struggled to find a subject. Then I remembered the orange pepper I had in the refrigerator. I set up a couple of different shots and experimented with the lighting and ended up with the shots you see above. As I was processing in Lightroom 4, I wanted to see what the pepper would look like in black and white. I really like the look, much more than the color version I originally was looking for. I also added a print template and saved as a jpeg. Tomorrow I am heading up to West Branch where Bike Week 2012 begins on Sunday. I will be taking photos all week, should be interesting. Stay tuned…

Day 190 – Hosta in Bloom


I really like our Hosta plants. I like the leaves with their straight lines running, end to end, and I really like when the hostas are in bloom. The dainty little blossoms hang down, and humming birds visit to drink the nectar. My hope is to one day capture an image of a humming bird dining at the hosta blossom.

Day 161 – Beautiful Rose

Vicki and I stopped by the Anderson Enrichment Center today on our way back from Saginaw. I’ve never been there before, but they have beautiful plantings there and a nice fountain right in the center. The Center is behind what used to be the Anderson Water Park. This is one of the most beautiful roses I have seen, with three different colors; pink, orange, and yellow. The orange reminds me of sherbet.

Day 113 – Spring Time

Spring is here, the grass is green, tulips are in full bloom, and the trees have buds on them. This is another shot of the tree from Day 47, when I blogged about the gray days of winter. My daughter Amanda came up with the idea to shoot this same tree each season, so she could have the series on her wall. The difference between today’s conditions and those of Day 47 were huge. First, instead of a “gray” day, we had a beautiful sun filled day today. The temperature was about 20 degrees warmer, and this shot has the golden glow of the “golden hour”. I shot this photo just before the sun dropped below the horizon. There are still no leaves on the tree, but if you look closely, you will be able to see some buds on the ends of the branches. I am looking forward to the summer shot, when the tree will be full of leaves.