This is one of the first images I captured with my new camera, a Nikon D5100, and new (longer!) lens, a Nikkor 55-300mm telephoto lens.
Nikon D5100 f/8.0 ISO 5000 1/250sec 55-300@195mm – Spring 2012
It feels like I have wandered off the trail and entered an enchanted land of green grass and mist. In a way, that is what my camera helps me to do. I escape from my everyday world and mindset (not that there is anything at all wrong with my everyday life), and those thoughts and feelings fade away while I am totally caught in the here and now through my lens. Funny that my alternate world is actually the here and now! It is a mystical, magical experience. The glowing bright light of sunrise or sunset is what most often draws me out into my alternate world, but on this day it was a soft mist that formed the portal.
The misty look is partly an effect of depth of field, but it really was one of those days when mist rises from the ground and softens the world and its noises.
ISO 400 55mm f22 1/90sec - Even Mushrooms Reach for the Sun - Spring 2012
The mushroom is just the part we see. Underneath, in the ground, or in this case in the log, is the mycelium. Think of it as resembling the roots of a plant. When two mycelia join together, that is when their love-child sprouts up. These mushrooms seem to be reaching for the sun just like a flower, and they are similar to a flower in that they will create spores (like seeds) that produce the next generation.
So this is my little woodland bouquet – isn’t it elegant? 🙂
These dew-covered flowers remind me of cold glasses of Grape Kool Aid, covered with condensation. I can almost smell the tangy, fake-grape scent, taste the sweet-sour flavor, and feel those cold droplets of condensation on the glasses.
I love this glowing, golden flower. So many people consider them weeds, but children know. From the golden yellow dust that children can rub on their skins, through the white milk they ooze when picked, to the magical, fluffy seed heads, these are some of the most fun plants around 🙂