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4/8/2010

This Bud is for You!

So, I am getting really impatient for spring here in Maine. I think I may have said that before. To ease my pain I have been collecting buds of various kinds…photographically collecting that is. Once we get beyond yesterday’s maples, though, I am not good enough with local plant life to identify buds, but that does not keep me from enjoying their shapes and colors.

Canon SX20IS at 28mm and Super-macro, with manual focus. F2.8 @ 1/400th @ ISO 80. Programmed auto. I am finding, on occasion, that the SX20 fails to find focus on Super-macro. Other times it works fine??? It does have an excellent manual focus mode with an enlarged display that, for macros, is good compensation. This was taken, by the way, according to the exif data, at .09 of an inch. The bokeh on these macro shots is interesting as well.

Just basic Blackpoint, Clarity, Vibrance and Sharpen in Lightroom. Cropped just slightly for composition.

And of course, here are a few more from the bud collection, all taken the same day at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, ME.

Okay…this next one is, apparently, a flower. It was tiny. As seen here it is at least 4x life size.

And this one is plainly a Catkin, but it fits the theme. I looked it up. A Catkin is a pendulant cluster of flowers, mostly without petals.


3 Responses to “4/8/2010”


  1. 1 Wendy Hollands
    04/08/2010 at 7:55 am

    thanks for sharing this bud:o)) Great shot!

  2. 2 radley521
    04/08/2010 at 11:27 am

    Great post of spring “budding”…bad pun but I am just excited to see plant life after the long winter.

  3. 04/08/2010 at 8:06 pm

    I think these are lovely Steve! Our trees are blooming here – soon the leaves will be in and we won’t be able to see the birds as easily! It seems like March flew by and April seems to be flying as well.


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