Moss on a Tree

2017 Flora Roundup!

I love getting outside to poke around and see what’s there, what piques my interest. I’m always hoping for interesting mushrooms, seed pods, spiders or insects. I didn’t shoot outdoors quite as much last year as in previous years; I’ll try to do better this year. Hopefully it will be a mild summer! I daydream about living somewhere where the daytime high temperatures in the summer don’t rise above the low 80s and it doesn’t feel like the humidity is trying to strangle you =) Here are some of last year’s plants and fungi…(insects, lizards and birds will be in the next post).

▲ A seed sheeth still attached to the cotyledons of either a cucumber or a cantaloupe seedling . Photographed in early March.

▲ New Dogwood leaves in the spring. Photographed in late March.

▲ Early spring in the vegetable garden. The dark purple flowers are salvia (for attracting pollinators), the lavender flowers are on the chives and the out-of-focus green leaves in the foreground are beets! Photographed in early April.

This is Euphorbia ‘Tiny Tim.’ The euphorbiaceae, or spurge, family is quite large and contains more than 7,500 species, ranging from small, flowering annuals to cacti-like members (not true cacti, though) to large trees! Photographed in early April.

▲ Trillium luteum, also known as Yellow Trillium or Yellow Wakerobin. It’s native to and common in parts of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. I photographed this on in my parent’s backyard. Photographed in mid-April.

▲ These are the berries of my Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) (seen in this post from almost two years ago). Photographed in early May and late July.

▲ Early evening roses…Photographed in early May.

▲ One of the advantages to growing plants in pots is that you can move them around when you want to take their picture! I moved my Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) so that it could be back-lit by the sun. I love photographing plants this way – you can see detail in the leaves that you can’t see otherwise and sometimes leaf colors can appear to be quite different from what you’re expecting! Photographed in early May.

▲ An Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) back-lit by the sun. Photographed in early May.

▲ Overlapping fronds of an Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) back-lit by the sun. Photographed in early May.

▲ An Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora), this time in black & white, back-lit by the sun. Photographed in early May.

▲ One more Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora) in black & white, back-lit by the sun. Photographed in early May.

▲ New growth on an Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora). Native to eastern Asia. Photographed in early June.

▲ I grew cantaloupes last year and it was a success! Photographed throughout June.

▲ I honestly couldn’t believe it when I cut my first cantaloupe open and it was nice and orange inside – and so sweet! It tasted just like it was supposed to =) Photographed in early July.

▲ Believe it or not that orange stringy stuff is a plant! It’s called dodder and it’s a parasite. There are up to 170 different species of dodder – I’m not sure what this one is, specifically. Once a dodder seed germinates is starts to look for a host. It needs to find one one within 5-10 days or the seedling will die. Once it finds a host it produces a haustorium that it uses to attach itself to the host plant. At this point the root of the original seedling dies and the dodder is now dependent upon its host. In colder climates dodder is an annual and dies back over the winter, but seeds (it produces small flowers during it’s growing cycle) can remain dormant in the soil for many years. Photographed in early August near the Chattahoochee River.

▲ Possibly a Parasol Mushroom…photographed with my phone, converted to black & white and edited for contrast. Photographed in mid-August.

▲ I photographed this shelf-like mushroom near the Chattahoochee River, not far from where I live. It was a bit too far away for me to get a closer shot! I think it’s a polypore mushroom from the genus Trametes, but I’m still working on the full identification. I remember where I photographed it so I’ll look again this year, and also take note of what kind of tree it was growing on, since that can help with identification. I’ll also try to get a more useful picture! Photographed in late August.

▲ This is lichen growing on the side of a tree. Lichen is not a single organism! Lichen has a fungal component and an algal or algae component. Taxonomically they are categorized based on their fungal component. The relationship between the two organisms is mutualistic, meaning that they both benefit. There are more than 20,000 known species of lichen!…Photographed in late August.

▲ Moss growing on the side of a tree. Photographed in late August.

▲ A Passion Flower, most likely Passiflora incarnata. Photographed in late August.

▲ Spotted Jewelweed or Touch-Me-Not, also known as Impatiens capensis. Photographed in late August.

▲ Look at that glow…Photographed in late August.

In the Garden Spring 2016

I go out into the garden with my camera whenever I can, usually on cloudy days or during the warm light of late afternoon and early evening, looking for anything and everything.  Leaves, flowers, blades of grass, bugs, spider webs, frogs…anything that captures my attention. Cloudy days are great because the light is soft and there aren’t any harsh shadows and the light from the low sun late in the afternoon/early evening makes everything glow. I love being outside at that time of day…you can feel night coming on and the world winding down.

Below are larger versions of the images in the collage above:

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Five Acre Property on the Ocmulgee River

January 28, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

I photographed a unique property in Macon, GA a couple of weeks ago. The house itself is large and quite traditional; parts of it almost look like they were designed to mimic a museum. But what makes the property unique is its five acres and location on the Ocmulgee River (have you seen “Fried Green Tomatoes”? The river featured in the movie is the Ocmulgee). Below are some interior and exterior shots of the house and some shots of the acreage and river views. The listing can be seen here on Zillow.

River Trace Distant Approach

The view from the end of the driveway.

River Trace Front Exterior

More than half way down the driveway.

River Trace Formal Dining

Main, formal living and dining areas.

Den

The den or sitting room with a view out to the river and back into the main living and dining area.

River Trace Master Bedroom

The master bedroom with great light coming in from the southeast.

Guest Bedroom

One of the guest bedrooms with a view out to the river.

Guest Bathroom

One of the guest bathrooms.

Back Towards the Road

The view back towards the road.

Towards the Barn

The view towards the two-stable barn and pasture area.

River View

Side yard and Ocmulgee River.

River View from Patio

River view from the patio.

River View from Patio II

Another river view from the patio.

Commercial Property Photography

November 2, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Back in mid-September I drove about 1,400 miles through Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and back into Georgia to photograph 18 commercial properties for a client. In early October I flew up to New York to photograph two more. I enjoy going back and forth between residential and commercial property photography – I like the change of pace and getting to switch out one set of challenges for another.

With residential property photography I’m mostly dealing with interiors where there aren’t usually moving objects (I bracket all of my shots so I can blend the different exposures – moving objects can sometimes be problematic) but I do have to deal with multiple sources of light that all create different color casts and white balance issues. With the commercial work, which has mostly been exterior photography so far, there is only one light source (the sun) so getting the white balance right isn’t usually a problem. But there are lots of moving objects (cars, people, trees blowing in the wind, moving reflections in windows) and the location of the sun always has to be taken into consideration.

Bojangles

The Bojangles’ above faces northeast. The front of the building is only briefly lit by the sun after it rises above the tops of the trees across the road and before it starts to move around the side of the building. On this trip is wasn’t possible for me to be at this property at that time of day so I just had to work around the face of the building being in the shade. This is where knowing your way around your editing software is essential for doing client work. I blended three exposures together and then selectively edited the shady area for exposure and white balance without making the image look unnatural.

Home Depot

When the face of the building is lit by the sun things are much easier. And I love it when the sky cooperates.

Sheetz

I removed a lot of power lines, utility poles, lamp posts and a few other distracting objects from this image. I don’t make edits like that to the images that I deliver to clients (unless requested), but when preparing images for a blog post or for my portfolio I like to clean up the clutter.

Regal Cinema

Long flat buildings like movie theaters produce images with a lot of sky and foreground. Cropping to a panoramic format can bring the focus back to the building.

CVS Lifetime Fitness

Circle K

This property took a while to photograph (it was rush hour and there was a lot of traffic in and out of the gas station) and quite a bit longer to edit. Four exposures and a lot of masking in Photoshop later and I’m finally happy with the results, though.

A Quick Visit to Macon, GA

April 6, 2014 Assignments, HDR, History 0 Comments

I drove down to Macon, GA early last week to photograph a property. When I was done I headed into downtown Macon and documented some points of interest around the city. I’ve passed through Macon many, many times over the years, but only on I-75 – I hadn’t ever seen the old downtown area. Like most cities that you pass by on the highway time and time again but never visit, it has more to offer than you might expect…

(I replaced the plain, blue sky in the image above with one that has some clouds)

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