A weed shines brighter

There’s a lot in the neighborhood that every spring sprouts up these clusters of lovely purple flowers (Grape Hyacinth I believe), but every time I get around to going and taking a photo of them, they’ve been mowed down. Not this year!

So I went and shot some frames and was pleased with the color and the detail and was getting ready to head home. On a whim, I shot this one frame of a dandelion and I ended up liking it better than the flowers. Go figure.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm f2.8 macro, 1/250th at f /2.8, ISO 2002017_March

May 2017

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Squeaky-Scratchy

Found myself in Edmonds the other day and thought I’d go look for herons at a marsh near the beach. Found the Herons, they were all huddling against the cold wind, trying to stay warm. Kinda boring, actually. Walking along the path, I kept hearing the squeaky-scratchy song of a hummingbird. Eventually found this guy up in the top of a nearby tree.

I did later find out that of the four species of hummingbird in Washington, only one of them actually sings. Narrows it down some. The Anna’s Hummingbird is also the only one that winters in Washington. Apparently, they do migrate in the winter, heading for lower elevations, they just don’t go south like the others.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/2900th at f / 4.8, ISO 200

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March 2017

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Playing in Traffic

Spent part of a day hanging out in Seattle looking for a scene that was inspiring photographically, and I have to admit, I just wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. Having had enough, we headed back to the bus stop for the ride home and while waiting, I wandered out into the street to take this shot. I particularly like the closed in feeling the tall buildings give.

FujiFilm X-E2/XF 55-200 @ 200mm, 1/200th at f / 5.6, ISO 200

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February 2017

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The Great Mushroom Hunt

Quite predictably, the Fall weather has filled the small corners in the woods with these denizens of decay. I went to the Arboretum looking for mushrooms and was not disappointed. I found several that were easily photographable and spent some time playing with compositions.

This month’s wallpaper is the one that I spent the least amount of time setting up, but I like it for the delicate gills on this group of mushrooms. They were so fragile that it looked like rain and falling leaves were damaging the caps.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm lens. Exposure 1/60th @f4, ISO 200.

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November 2016

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Bloomin’ Onion

Between the lavender, onions gone to bloom and other flowers in the yard, the bees have found our backyard.

Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikkor 55mm macro lens. 1/180th sec @ F2.8, ISO 1000.

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September 2016

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The Doctor Will See You Now

On a hike near Mt Rainier this week, I spotted this dense clump of what I later learned was Jacob’s Ladder flowering on a cliff face. While looking up the flower type, I learned that it is a member of the phlox family of plants. Dr. Phlox happens to be one of my favorite characters from the Star Trek universe.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2/XF18-55mm @37mm, f/4.0, 1/60 sec ISO 640

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August 2016

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