Tuesday, October 12, 2010

(Day 285) Flotsam and Jetsam of Fall

I was out on the old David Brown yesterday and again today, cutting a few acres of grass before we get hit with heavy frost. We've had beautiful, although cool, weather over the past week and it feels a little cooler than the thermometer suggests due to a fairly stiff breeze. I've noticed that besides the usual autumn leaves, there's lots of other 'stuff' floating around on the wind.

After the grass was all cut, I wandered around the yard some, camera in hand. Often when I set out on one of these jaunts, I'm never too sure what I will see and what might prompt me to stop and make a photo. After dinner I noticed that the wind had calmed down so I went in another direction, this time with an idea of what I wanted to capture. I think I discovered some of the sources of the flotsam and jetsam.

(70-200mm  f18  1/160 sec  ISO200)


(70-200mm  f7.1  1/80 sec  ISO200)


(70-200mm  f5.6  1/60 sec  ISO200)


 (70-200mm  f11  1/20 sec  ISO200)

35 comments:

Katherine said...

Flotsum & Jetsam sure do look very pretty! Beautiful work here again Rick... your Autumn certainly is a lot prettier than ours here in Brisbane, thanks for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful, wonderful day Rick!! Cheers K :)

S. Etole said...

great light in these ...

becky said...

Hey- ho there, Rick. Geesh, awesome photos! Hard to pick a favorite! I went back & forth, click & enlarge.... I like the golden tones in the first, the backlighting in the second, the simplicity & gentleness of the third, but I think the fourth is my #1. Abstract art in nature... gorgeous.
:) wonderful finds, wonderful photos!

Dawn said...

Great shots! Glad the mystery is solved;)

(And yes....Lindt Chocolate balls should have been on my post as well.
And I agree on the raisin thing...the chocolate covered raisins can be used the same way sunflower seeds (Spitz) are used:))

Sounds like you have a beautiful season upon you.

Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA said...

Very interesting your project and your blog! Very nice photos today!!

Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA said...

Not only nice photos! Fabulous!!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you Katherine ! Our autumn has been lovely - the weather has been quite nice and the colours were wonderful. I saw on the news all the rain Queensland, and especially Brisbane, has been getting - I hope you rented a boat and that you're not flooded out !

May the rest of your week be sunny and dry !

Photog Ave said...

Oh how cool are these, and don't you just like to say Flotsam & Jetsam!?
I like 2 & 4 specifically!!


['ô ] Avery

Rick said...

@S. Etole - thank you Susan; my favourite time of day (sunrise just comes SO early !)

darlin said...

Magnificent shots Rick, you are surrounded by beauty and I love seeing it through your lens. I'm glad that you found out what's floating through the air, here it's the poplar trees... I think. I'll have to do some of my own investigating one of these years when my nose isn't stuck in the books... if that ever transpires! lol

Have a wonderful Wednesday, I had to think about the day with yesterday being the holiday. :-)

Sashindoubutsu said...

I love the shots! Nice capture :-) The first photo looks like a bundle of mini jellyfishes :-)

Rick said...

@becky - thanks Becky - I had a tough time choosing one to post so I put 4 up; glad you liked them !

Have a great week - in between 'real' work ;-)

Rick said...

@Dawn - thanks Dawn ! LOL re: the raisins - agreed !

Our autumn has been spectacular and I've had a lot of pleasure trying to capture some of the highlights.

Have a great rest of week.

marty said...

comme c'est joli, doux et fin !
chaque jour, je suis émerveillée par
tes magnifiques photos et toute cette
belle lumière ! c'est un vrai moment
de bonheur quand je viens ici ! merci
Rick et plein de bisous pour toi (pas tu,lol!!)

Rick said...

@Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA - thank you for your visit and your kind comments !

Rick said...

@Photog Ave - LOL, yes, that phrase came to mind as I was going through my shots - flotsam and jetsam floating all over our property; I think our milkweed patch is going to expand next year ;-)

Thanks Avery !

Rick said...

@darlin - thanks Darlene; autumn has been so beautiful ! I know you won't keep your nose in the books when it comes to enjoying your granddaughter or a beautiful day outside - there's always time for that in the wee hours, right ?

Carpe diem !

Rick said...

@Sashindoubutsu - thank you ! I found that first one at the edge of my veggie garden - not too sure what it's from. Nice to see you're back - have a wonderful week !

Rick said...

@marty - thank you marty for the encouraging words ! We are birds of a feather - I too am blessed by your visits, and my visits to your blog. And thank you for the advice in French (toi) - I'm trying hard to remember the French I studied SO many years ago in high school; as I like to say, "I have a good memory, but it's short !"

Ok then - lots of bisous pour toi ! ;-)

Hope said...

gorgeous captures.. love the lighting on them.. and the small seed pods..
9 months old your grandchild.. mine is 4 months.. and ya.. after they are a year.. one would think that they would start saying oh they are a year old.. but no.. we will hear.. oh they are 12 months old.. have to laugh at new parents.. its great though being the grandparents.. seems we tend to enjoy them more.. wonder why? maybe the fact that we can spoil them then send them home.."grins"
have a lovely day..
soft hugs'

Carolyn Ford said...

You picked an amazing time to capture those images...the light is exquisite! Beautiful, Rick!

CIMPOACA LAURENTIU said...

nice photos

chasity said...

beautiful...
i love to grab a handful and throw them into the air.

did you do that after you were done getting your photo?

:)

chas

Leovi said...

You have given me in my weakness. These photos are very very very nice. Light, delicate textures, the colors, composition ... everything perfect. I never tire of watching them. Congratulations.

Rick said...

@Hope - thank you Hope - the sun co-operated fully ! :)

Yes, I have to smile quietly sometimes too with new parents, and I agree - it's good to spoil them and then have them go home with someone else ;-)

Have a great week Hope !

Rick said...

@Carolyn Ford - thank you Carolyn; the light just kept getting better and better, and then suddenly ... it was gone !

Rick said...

@CIMPOACA LAURENTIU - thank you for visiting and your nice comment !

Krista said...

Ah, it's the Bad Hair Day plant family. ;o) I knew them right away!

Great shots Rick! I love the fuzzy little details!

Rick said...

@chasity - thanks Chas !

I did that with my daughter and granddaughter when they were down on the weekend - and it was a blast !

Rick said...

@Leovi - thank you so much for your kind comments !

Rick said...

@Krista - and you said you weren't a botanist ! You've been holding out on us !!

Thanks ;-)

imac said...

Real grand macro shots Rick.

Rick said...

@imac - thanks for stopping by mac - appreciate the comment !

Martha said...

Rick-Gorgeous captures! I am curious as to the actual focal length. You indicate you shot with 70-200mm lens, but where within that are these shot? 80mm, 120mm, 200mm? Again, beautiful photos!

Rick said...

@Marta - thank you. I have a 2X extender that I use with my 70-200 lens when I want to be closer - I used that for these photos so the lens becomes a 140-400mm in reality. The focal lengths for these shots were: 305, 400, 220, 265mm respectively.