May 10, 2018

Cloudy, 58 degrees, Southwest Wind 5 – 10 mph.

Today was a medical day. I took Jamie for a short walk with his friend Hank this morning, then headed off to a doctor appointment regarding my back. I left there with a prescription for an MRI and physical therapy. I stopped at a local physical therapy place and made an appointment for tomorrow. An MRI costs a couple of thousand dollars and I don’t think I need one, so I’ll put that off until I see how the physical therapy works.

What a remarkable variety of textures in one shot! Blooming Pear tree, Maple at back, Buckeye at right, Maple tree at left. I love the richness of this shot. 

One bit of good news from the appointment is that the doctor said it’s okay for me to continue with normal activity, including walking Jamie and doing my photography. I wish I’d had that advice earlier, but my pain was so acute that I doubt I would have been told to walk. In fact, I was told to rest. She said that I could walk, even if it hurt, so that’s what I’ll do.

By now, you know how I love these lacy patterns of branches. Now I can add the variety of leaves to the patterns. This could be made into fabric designs with ease. 

There is no time to be lost if I want to catch what remains of the spring transition, so I will be out tonight and probably twice a day for at least a few days, catching up and documenting the rapid changes that are happening on a daily basis now.

Another wonderful pattern, this time with the Maple leaves from just one tree. 

I was out for a drive yesterday and I was amazed to see that almost every tree is leafing out to varying degrees. Some are almost fully leafed out, while others are still smaller leaves or blossoms, but it’s clear that time is moving fast and I can’t waste any of it if I want to catch it this year.

There is the option of photographing this next year to fill in the gaps, and I may do that, but I want to catch what I can right now.

This one I absolutely love. Maple leaves on the branches at foreground. Higher branches are almost lost in the blur from depth of field. I love this effect. 

For now, I went out in the yard and walked up and down the street photographing the branches and leaves and blooms there. Our neighborhood has a remarkable variety of trees and blooms out right now and I got some interesting photographs that you’ll see here. What a great example of making the most of your own back yard. If I had ignored this, I would have missed some beautiful pictures.

Another interesting set of patterns from several trees coming together. The dark clouds add to the mood of this shot. 

It seems that the little slice of woods where I walk with Jamie is a bit behind what I’ve seen on the roads. Perhaps its the species of tree—we have a lot of Hickory trees in these woods—or perhaps it’s location. I don’t know, but it gives me hope that at least I can catch the season over there.

These are the blooms of our Dogwood tree. The tree was planted to honor the deaths of my parents. We planted three of these trees. Only this one survived the harsh winters. 

Tonight I plan to photograph the brush on the upper level, catching the growing new leaves, the grass on the trails, and the filling in in general of the brush. I want to take wider shots and tight details both, since I have neither since all the leaves started growing. I’ll shoot the road, of course, that’s a given. And I will also have a look at the woods to see what’s happening with the leaves there. I’ll look at my usual lookouts as well to see what they offer. In short, I’ll try to cover the entire woods and brush in one go. My leg will probably be killing me.

Another stunning pattern using depth of field to add beauty. If all of this tree were in focus, the shot would not work half as well. Notice how the maple leaves have an orangish tinge when they emerge. They will be pure green when they mature. 

Tomorrow morning, I’ll go back and catch the sunrise, and cover anything that I missed or felt like needed more coverage. I then have plans to go to some other locations to catch what I can in other types of forest. It also occurred to me to walk way out on that promontory I’ve been photographing across the marsh. It’s a ways out, and I don’t normally walk over there, but I believe it’s an oak forest and will be quite different. Worth a trip, to be sure.

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