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Monday
Sep222008

CARMEN MIRANDA GLASSWORT

this is for those of you who didn't want to google glasswort and don't have a clue what they look like :)  this is a fairly decent specimen of one of the main varieties, common glasswort.  isolating one of these plants is a task as they are usually buried amongst the grasses. and finding a good depth of field to separate the plant from the grasses but still have the whole plant in focus can be a matter of moving an inch or two in the world of macro...this one is about 6" high, about average size.  in the summer they are green and a lot harder to see - carmen here is in her full fall regalia which makes her a lot easier to spot!


Sunday
Sep212008

LIMONIUM NASHII

earlier this month the sea lavender was still in fine bloom.  my favorite flower of the marsh, also known to some as marsh heather because of the purple flowers.  the challenge for me photographically is line up a good composition because there are so many bloom on each plant!  some might find this image too filled and busy, and would prefer a nice simple image of the sea lavender, but for me one of the enjoyments of the plant is the sheer overwhelming quantity of the tiny flowers...

i shot this in the overcast diffuse light and humidity of the late afternoon as we waited for tropical storm hannah to fly by.  the photographer in me could not resist that light opportunity!


Friday
Sep192008

SEA LAVENDER AT HIGH TIDE

while i am now engrossed in glasswort (!!), i usually spend mid to late summer addicted to sea lavender.  i am constantly amazed that such a tiny beautiful flower can survive twice a day flooding by salt water and thrive!  an evening flood high tide is the perfect time to admire them...

this was shot at about 7:20pm late in august, right at sunset.  the shadows of the nearby woods have long since come over these lavenders, but the dark blue of evening is behind them and the wind and the water are still...


Thursday
Sep182008

TOTEM POLE

back to the colorful world of glasswort in the fall!

grasswort is green all summer, and then during august it starts to turn, yellow, orange, pink, red, blue, purple - all sorts of colors!  they probably all mean something but i haven't got a clue...this was one of my first shots yesterday when i went out in the late afternoon.  "low tide sunset" and "marshgrass sunset" were both shot later in that same session.  for a lot of these glasswort images, and most certainly this one, i install my ballhead in a ground pod, a large circular tray that can sit in the damp grass and be moved around easily.  unfortunately for the photographer, using the ground pod requires the photographer being, well, on the ground, or, in this case, lying flat out stomach down on the damp marsh grass/mud.  brings out the child in me :)

i certainly do get dirty but this ground level view of glasswort world is amazingly colorful!!

Wednesday
Sep172008

LOW TIDE SUNSET

i went out late this afternoon to frolic among the colorful fall glasswort, :) but the low tide kept calling me...i bent into my glasswort labors - and that does really describe what is necessary to get up close with those plants! - but was easily distracted.  i wandered over to the waterline, hung out, and watched the crabs bury themselves as the tide came in over them...i went back to the glassworts.  totally absorbed in my macro work, i suddenly realized the light all around me was marvelously pink - hey, sunset!!  and me with my macro lens :( but never fear, that lens can tackle any task!  back to the waterline to catch the clouds reflecting on the incoming tide...


Wednesday
Sep172008

SUNRISE MARSHGRASS x2

a bonus day...i couldn't decide which of these two to go with...i love the colors in the pink one but also wanted to show the contrast with the evening shot...so, both!

sunrise the following morning...


and as it happens, i also took, a bit later than this one, the same shot - more or less - that i took the evening before...

Tuesday
Sep162008

EVENING MARSHGRASS

...or 30 minutes after sunset to be more accurate...

i had been out amongst the glasswort as it caught the last direct light of the day.  i had hoped, despite clouds, that some sweet diffused shafts would break through but instead the whole event turned out to have much softer lighting than i thought.  i struggled with the glasswort, grousing to myself about the rather boring light.  i finally gave up and looked around.  i watched the moonrise instead :)  the moon led my eye to the marshgrasses swaying in the breeze with evening blue water behind, spiced with moonlight...

Spartina alterniflora, cordgrass.


Monday
Sep152008

MARSH SUNRISE

sometimes i do actually raise my head up out of the glasswort and look around!  and i thought i should show something different from my macro obsession :)

this is what greeted me the other morning and drew me out with my camera in the first place...i love the light and shadows with the shapes of the marsh grass formed by the constant tides, plus the color of sunrise.  this marsh isn't very big but it has it all!


Sunday
Sep142008

THE FIRST OF MANY...

...not that i will be going through the entire thing here, but i thought it might be neat to see the first of what turned out to be many attempts with this particular composition.  i went back to this plant again the next day, and i certainly will be checking it out next time i'm in the area...so i suspect i'll have some more images to share of this over time!  looking through my shots yesterday it occurred to me that this was the first of them all, and sometimes you never do better than that first one!  i think i did do better down the line, but i thought it might be amusing to keep this one in mind.  so i'm posting it :)

this was what first caught my eye and my imagination...

Saturday
Sep132008

GLASSWORT CLOSE IN

yesterday morning right after sunrise was a good time for more glasswort exploration.  i didn't think so at first light, but the clouds had me thinking there might be intriguing light so down to the shore i went.  at first i wandered around doing handheld shots, but light wasn't there and it was a while before sunlight began making a dent through the clouds...and when it did, i grabbed my ground pod for camera support and threw myself into the marsh!

i am still fascinated and exploring with shallow depth of field...


Friday
Sep122008

Distichlis spicata

known by me as spike grass.  the sea lavender and the spike grass blossom together in august, and though by now the sea lavender is mostly past peak the spike grass is still with us.

i went out yesterday just after the direct sun went below the woods to the west of the marsh but with still a while until actual sunset.  i had meant to get out a bit earlier, but, well, life has a way of happening...and as a reward some substantive and sculpted clouds were rolling in for some sweet light!

and i think i've been spending so much time with the glassworts that my sense of color has locked in!


Thursday
Sep112008

birthday candles

i have to start somewhere.  and this seems a propitious day for it...

currently i seem to be in a "glasswort" phase - i love this plant!!  when the light makes it glow i go insane!

and i am also exploring shallow depth of field...so this is as wide open as that lens can go...


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