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A Couple of Photos

So, here are a couple of the photos I've taken in the past few days.  There's a small hollow near where we live -- it's actually called Shakerag Hollow, because once upon a time you could go down there in the evening, wave a small white cloth, and thus signal to local moonshiners that you were in the market for their wares.  Alas, this is no longer an option....

Shakerag Hollow is filled with wildflowers every spring, and spring is creeping into the hills of Tennessee even as we speak.  I use a Canon 40D digital SLR camera with a 24-105mm lens mounted with both extension tubes and a Canon 500D close-up filter.  These attachments allow me to get extreme close-ups without sacrificing clarity.  I mount the whole set-up on a Bogen 3001 tripod with a Kirk BH-3 ball head.

The first photo is of a Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides) growing out of the skeleton of an old downed tree branch.  Everything was covered with dew that morning, so you can see water droplets on the flower and leaves.



This second picture was taken that same morning.  These are simply dew drops on the leaves of Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), but somehow the angle of the early morning sun has refracted the light, giving the water that incredible color.  It looks like I spilled juice on these leaves, but I swear, it's just water.  And in fact, I didn't realize what I had until I got home and looked at the pictures.  But I love the effect.

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kmarkhoover
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Shakerag Hollow. What a cool name. And pretty pics!
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mark. And yes, Shakerag Hollow is an amazingly cool name.
catsparx
Mar. 26th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
pretty!
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
sleigh
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
I especially love the second one. The leaves look as if they're bedecked with jewels.
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love that second one, too. One of the best I've ever taken, actually. Love the new icon by your name. Is that actually a keyhole?!
sleigh
Mar. 26th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Strangely, it is. I saw that keyhole in Azay le Rideau when Denise and I were in France. There were several oddly ornate keyholes scattered here and there on the old buildings. This one was the most complicated; I'd love to see the key that fit it...
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd love to see it, too. But I'd hate to carry it in my pocket....
blood_of_winter
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
wow.. I especially love the second photo. You really captured all the different textures in such a small space.
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Nature did all the work. I just got the camera to focus correctly!
markwise
Mar. 26th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Awsome pictures, David! I have always loevd photography. It is an expensive hobby however. Thank you for sharing.
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
It can be expensive, Mark. Although I have a friend who takes wonderful close-ups of flowers and such using a digital point and shoot. Her camera can't do all the things mine does, but it takes good pics and she has a great eye.
arhyalon
Mar. 26th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! The picture quality is incredibly sharp! What beautiful shots...especially the water one. I'm going to send the link to my photography loving friend. ;-)
davidbcoe
Mar. 26th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jagi!
beatrizwench
Apr. 1st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Amazing photos, David. I am in awe of your talents.
davidbcoe
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, B!
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