|Pale touch-me-not in early morning light|
I posted on my Books in Northport blog about the "wilderness" that surrounds me at home. This is an expansion of that theme, with some closeups. The flowers above are also called jewelweed, and this large colony is at home in an old silo base I use as a compost pile. It is surrounded by staghorn sumac, which is also multiplying gloriously.
|Milkweed forest at sunrise|
Because of a meadow filled with milkweed, I am greeted upon each August afternoon return home with fluttering monarchs in the driveway. Earlier in the season, milkweed flowers (so unobtrusive in appearance) perfumed the air; now some of the leaves give testimony that September is near.
|Fall color, milkweed|
Although I say the meadow is a milkweed forest, Queen Anne's-lace in great number is a companion to milkweed in the open stretches. Camera jiggle while I was shooting on HDR setting kept the three exposures from lining up exactly in the photo below, but I liked the effect. The second milkweed image shows more drying flowers curling up into their late-season birds' nest look.
|Queen Anne's-lace with camera jiggle|
|"birds' nest" look of late-season Queen Anne's-lace|
|I am happy to see the tall prairie grasses spread ...|
|... along with the little grey-headed coneflowers.|
|Can anyone identify this volunteer?|
|Very welcome Joe Pye-weed volunteer|
|Wild blackberry forest|
|Ripening berries, turning leaves|
This scene, Grand Traverse Bay on a rainy morning, wasn't loaded with color, but I tried the HDR shooting mode, anyway, to see what it would capture, and I liked the result. HDR stands for "high dynamic range." The camera takes three consecutive shots, with different exposures, in quick succession and combines them. You can read more about HDR here.
I had shot my meadow the day before in HDR, and this was the result:
What do you think?