May 25, 2017

The best light in Meade's garden just now...

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... fell on the columbine.

(That's shot — by me, just now — with the Micro-NIKKOR 105mm lens.)

30 comments:

zipity said...

Nicely composed. Most folks would put the flower dead center....

(former pro photographer for 25 years)

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, zipity.

The stem was interesting on the right, but nothing was happening on the left. The lens declutters the image so that all kinds of detail is creamily blended into nothing in particular.

traditionalguy said...

That is actually a very erotic flower. Bees will be on the prowl.

Robin Eatmon said...

Gorgeous photo!

Browndog said...

Stunning. And timely.

....just as I was getting bored with my current screen saver.

Virtually Unknown said...

I always liked to bite the ends of the flowers of the wild ones as a kid. We called them honeysuckle, which I know is something else. I tried one from my garden last year of a different color, and it seemed like they bred out the sweet flavor for color.

Kevin said...

Has anybody seen Chuck today? Doesn't he know there are dozens of people with fingers poised at their keyboards ready to rebuke him the minute he posts?

Karen said...

Isn't God amazing? The intricacy of that design is breathtaking, and I really appreciate Meade's photography and how he made the best use of that luscious light.

YoungHegelian said...

I'm a-fixin to go do a bidness order from Amazon to the tune of about $700.00 so our hostess will get a few more shekels to put in her purse. Just to keep the wolf from the door.

All for a good cause, you understand.

And, yes, the composition of the photo is outstanding.

CStanley said...

Lovely and well done!

Saint Croix said...

I just saw Hacksaw Ridge.

Wow!

Yancey Ward said...

Has anyone seen Chuck in the last few days? I would have expected to see him comment about how Trump has so degraded our social mores that it is the cause of the Bozeman Body Slam.

Annie C said...

I thought Chuck was now posting as Brookzene. Check with Drago, he would know.

Darrell said...

Is Chuck writing for The Guardian now?

Darrell said...

If so, kick him in the balls next time after the body slam.

Ann Althouse said...

"... and I really appreciate Meade's photography and how he made the best use of that luscious light."

Meade planted the garden, but I took the photo. Nature provided the light. Nikon the lens.

Mary said...

Beautiful shot! I have that lens as well and love it

Daniel Jackson said...

The Rule of Thirds strikes again.

Good eye.

Freeman Hunt said...

The paperwork required for day camps is often more than that required for private school. Also, more than I remember being required for enrollment in college twenty years ago.

Freeman Hunt said...

I remember filling something out years ago that required an "original copy" of a child's immunization record. So, they wanted one off the doctor's office laser printer instead of an identical copy of the same.

traditionalguy said...

Interestingly, Hacksaw Ridge is a true story. Check the Congressional Medal of Honor citation. You will find that is word for word the movie script. Otherwise nobody could believe the movie script.

He was a mountain raised Scots-Irish hillbilly that was totally sane other than being loyally committed to his religion. A little bit too loyal, if that is thinkable. (From the same religious tradition as Ben Carson's family.)

The Reformed Protestant faith in Scotsmen gives them a little bit too much courage, if that is thinkable.

Freeman Hunt said...

This year one wants a signed one. My theory is that some people who tend files enjoy adding small procedures. More procedures, more highly cultivated files.

Freeman Hunt said...

File gardens.

David Baker said...

Tear down that wall!

Iceberg lettuce: $2.99 ea.

Celery: $3.99 ea.

Today at the supermarket (Publix).

sykes.1 said...

Dear zipity,

I don't know when the 1/4-1/3 rule came in, but in 40s 50s movies the image of interest was usually centered.

Dear Althouse,

What camera did you use?

The Toothless Revolutionary said...

Columbine are always super pretty.

Freeman Hunt said...

The frame was square in the 40s and 50s, so there was less off center to work with, but I think the rule of thirds was in effect then too. Certainly looks less like it though compared to the use of the same rule in the later wid format.

Liesl said...

Beautiful.

urbane legend said...

Great photography and quite an interesting subject for it.

Rick Turley said...

The coloring is somewhat like our native columbine but the spurs look way too short. I'm guessing a hybrid of some kind.

An oddity of the name is that the common name of columbine is derived from the Latin for dove yet the Latin species name of Aquilegia is Latin for eagle, a reference to the talon-like spurs. Hmmm.

Very easy to grow from seeds. They are both prolific and promiscuous in hybridizing. The only real down side is the leaf miner which leaves white trails thoughout the foliage.