Pond eddy ~

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Taken at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s 2017 orchid show. Olympus OM-D EM10 II with 30 mm macro lens (60 equivalent). I recently acquired this 4:3 mirror-less camera (which somehow stands up under the burden of that absurd series of letters and numbers), and so far I absolutely love it. It’s lightweight and small, which is a boon for my tendinitis-weakened wrists, but it seems to perform as well as my Pentax K-50. Best of all, you can shoot just by touching the LCD screen where you want the sharpest focus to be. No, Olympus didn’t pay me to praise this camera. What a shame! Next up: Orchids! Lots of ’em.

Another green world no. 2 ~

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This ethereal vine, which looks like some sort of fairy fern, is growing in profusion outside of our public library. Anyone know what it is?

iPhone photo. “Another green world” is from Brian Eno’s classic album of that name. It just occurred to me that he might have borrowed that title from a literary work, but a quick Google search isn’t turning up anything.

Intermission: An afternoon in the Cache River area ~

Water ripple, swamp near Cypress Creek Visitors Center, Perks, Illinois

Water ripple, swamp near Cypress Creek Visitors Center, Perks, Illinois

With luck, I’ll wrap up the Big Trip series this week. This afternoon was a rare day for Southern Illinois: low seventies, sunny, not very humid. Too nice to stay indoors. The shot above was taken from a boardwalk just south of the Cypress Creek Visitors Center. Pentax K-50, 100mm macro lens.

Green ~

Vanilla and leaf

My favorite photo from the orchid show itself (see previous post). I think the trailers may be vanilla, but I wouldn’t swear to it. I can’t decide if the depth of field is too shallow here for the best effect or not. Like much of my past work, even though this photo is representational, it leans toward the abstract. Pentax K-50, 50 mm lens.

More fall colors ~

A sampling of images I took around the neighborhood today. I’m not positive about the ID of the turkey tail mushrooms, but it seems the best guess. The redbud leaf makes a nice contrast to all the autumn color. I like the delicacy of the hosta leaves, although I wish the photo was sharper. I’m still finding that my images do not seem as sharp as they should be.

October leaves ~

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

Sycamore Leaf, St. Francis River, Mo.

Sycamore Leaf, St. Francis River, Mo.

Shadow on Leaf

Shadow on Leaf

I got exactly three photos of fall foliage this year that I’m happy with. The top photo was taken with a Fuji X10 and not adjusted in any way. The second and third photos, taken with a Pentax K-r with 50 mm lens, were cropped slightly and needed a bit of color correction. I’m getting very few sharp pictures lately, even with the image stabilization that is built into both cameras. Frustration!