September Songs 2

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SeptemberSong5Photographs of the seedheads of Lactuca Canadensis (which sounds slightly more elegant than Canada lettuce). These wild plants are not particularly beautiful at first glance, but as with many things, there is often beauty to be found in the details.

SeptemberSong7One of these things is not like the others – a layer of raindrops has been added to one image – at this moment I can hear the last day of summer being washed away by the autumn rains.

ยฉ Karen McRae, 2013

102 thoughts on “September Songs 2

  1. I think this plant is about 2′ tall ?
    I’m glad to hear it actually called Canada Lettuce, a cousin of Dandelion, this is
    in deed the origin of Lettuce ! (It took 2 hundreds years to eliminates its
    bitter tasted white juice. —- so the book says)
    Beautiful photos !

    1. Hi Yoshizen, these plants were 3 ft or so. I think they can get a little bit taller even.
      They do have a bitter white sap but I haven’t tasted it myself.
      I read somewhere that if you eat the tender young leaves they are somewhat edible.
      Thank you!

    1. That’s a good suggestion, Shimon. While I enjoy the shallow depth of field for many of my flora series there are images that I had wished were somewhat more in focus.
      If I can find more of these after all the rain we’ve had I’ll have another go at it!

  2. You have such an incredible touch with the camera Karen, it really is so uniquely beautiful. I’m not sure why Shimon would suggest a smaller aperture, I love the shallow depth of field you’ve achieved here. It’s what makes your pictures so captivatingly intriguing and uniquely you.

    1. Much thanks for your comments, Adrian.
      I imagine Shimon would like to see a little more of the seedhead in focus – I confess there are a few that I wish had more focus, too, but I like this set. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how things work out until you see them on the big screen.
      I appreciate your feedback. : )

    1. These are all photographed with a natural background. The colours vary because of the vegeation – green and yellow grasses and a touch of pink from wild asters. And a very shallow depth of field…
      Thank you, Wood Dragon. : )

    1. I guess it’s partly the way I’m using the light.

      The seedheads are shaded, and the background is sunlight on various vegetation. The back-lighting will change depending on the intensity of the light. You can see this as you shift your camera. I often use manual settings to play with the exposure.

      I am also using very shallow depth of field F4.8 for many of these – which blurs the background very nicely.
      The seedheads are only 1cm each so I’m using a macro lens quite close to the subject.

      Thanks for your interest!

  3. Hi Karen,
    Your comment about finding beauty in the small details really resonated with me…and I noticed a theme emerging with these images and some of your earlier posts, where things appear flimsy, whimsical, lace-like and yet very present; pushing against the edges of perception…
    Cheers,
    Nic

      1. Well, they do persist.

        But 90km winds and lashings of rain don’t do the seed heads much good. I might have to wait a few weeks for more of them.

  4. The soft focus and sense of visual transition mirroring nature’s transition – stunning. Thank you for liking my blog posts.

  5. : ) oh the patterns – so delicate – makes me think of mandalas and moroccan tile in some ways.

    and great colours (and love the raindrops!)

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