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Thursday, 07 June 2018 19:26

Fireworks in a Lupine Field

The lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) of Acadia National Park are an invasive species to be sure, but it seems almost a shame to think of their removal - and I do not mean to imply by any means that there is a plan to do this - and, as far as I know, the lupine of Acadia will delight us with their fiery beauty for years to come.

It might be a bit of a surprise to learn that a focal length of 27mm, right in the middle of wide-angleland, allowed me to create the angle-of-view I wanted for this image. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/4th second in some fairly calm air at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

The stalks of large palmate leaves and spires of bean-shaped blossoms seem to emerge from the green stems of their plants as bursts of contained explosive from a densely growing field: fireworks of colorful botanical joyfulness.  

Friday, 01 June 2018 07:34

New Life in Old

They are one of my favorite flowers on the planet, both for their own beauty and for the feelings/memories they evoke. These diminutive relatives of the dogwood (Cornus florida) travel by the unassuming name of bunchberry (Cornus canadensis), and they are one of the primary ground cover species of the Great North Woods, including the awesome coastline of Acadia National Park. More than this, they were often the subject of Eliot Porter's camera as he explored the Maine Coast; they grace the cover of the retrospective of his work, Eliot Porter. They remind me that in the face of the chaos in our lives, the world is still a beautiful place.

Early morning light was just beginning to peek through the trees when I came on this scene. A focal length of 123mm, still short-telephoto, from a distance of about 3' allowed bunchberry and decaying stump to come together in intimate landscape. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds in windless air at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

There are many reasons I fell in love with Acadia; this tiny flower is one of the big ones.

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