On my way back from Carnegie Lake, I wanted to capture the sunlight coming up on the line of maple trees on a section of Blue Spring Road. I took a photo of this same line of trees a year ago almost to the day. I wanted to re-create the image with my Fuji. Last years photo was taken with my iPhone 7.
My luck ran out. By the time I had parked and walked back to the line of trees, thick clouds had filled the sky. Completely. There was no magical dramatic light hitting the trees. Just flat light. Argh.
I took a set of photos, combined in Photo Matix Pro and pushed the colours. It's ok. It's not what I wanted. Perhaps the bad weather will be delayed to Saturday and perhaps I will get another chance tomorrow.
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Even though I spend most of it indoors, with a runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes, spring is my favourite season of the year. I grew up in the West Indies where there are no seasons. There is summer all year long. But there is a rainy season. During that "season" the rains come more frequently and last longer. The land turns an even deeper shade of green. And then the island enters a time of plentiful when the fruit trees bear so much fruit -- bananas, mangoes, java plums, cashews, plum rose, soursop, sugar apple, acerola cherries, coco plum, guava, guinep, golden apple, papaya, jamun fruit -- that the farmers markets are overflowing. The list of fruits is long.
Spring in the Mid-Atlantic of the United States isn't as edible as spring in the West Indies but it's more colourful. I have learned to enjoy the display.
Feeling bored, I picked up some camera gear and drove out to Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Just a few minutes from my house as I drove along Blue Spring Road, I noticed the pink blossoms on one of the trees. So I pulled over and captured a few images. I just love how all the pink looks against a background of green.
Even though I spend most of it indoors, with a runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes, and I can barely breathe, spring is my favourite season of the year. I grew up in the British West Indies (Caribbean) where there is no fall, no spring, and definitely no winter. But it's not summer all year long.
There is the dry season and a wet season. The dry season runs from about February to June while the wet season starts in July and ends in January. During the wet season, there is less sunshine and more rain. Of course, there is also a hurricane season which starts in June and ends in November. Ignoring the occasional tropical rain forest shower, with blue sky weather and warm sunshine, the dry season is an ideal time for the islands.
Spring in the Mid-Atlantic of the United States isn't as edible as the wet season in the West Indies but it's more colourful. I have learned to enjoy the display. And the beer.
Spring is also a time of renewal for me. It's when I come out of self-imposed hibernation both literally and emotionally. It's time for me to be outside, go hiking in the woods or on long walks with Bhavna.
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The image is a row of maple trees along Blue Spring Road in my neighbourhood. I went out for a 30-minute walk before breakfast and noticed how the morning sun was illuminating the varying colours of the leaves.
The photo was captured with the Adobe Lightroom mobile app on my iPhone 7. I applied an Orton Effect preset to the image in Photoshop.