December 7, 2014
This is my second image in the #treesinfourseasons challenge. Spring, that season of renewal, is so welcomed in this part of the country where winters can be so long, depending on the particular year. As the first spring ephemerals make their way through the ground, so do the young leaves of trees and other plants. Each species of deciduous plants has its own 'built-in' clock of when the leaves appear and later drop in the fall. As the new leaves emerge and begin to grow, they change tremendously from that bright yellowish to lime green color before turning into a deeper and duller green as the leaves reach their full size in a few weeks. Photographing the early leaf flush in the spring is one my favorite things to do, as these sugar maple trees exemplify so beautifully.
I challenge my friend and colleague Andrew MacLachlan to the #treesinfourseasons challenge.
Your challenge images must represent all four seasons, one from each season. With each entry please challenge one other person and use the hashtag #treesinfourseasons so everyone can search to find all the entries as the challenge progresses.
We can now safely assume that Winnipeg's worst winter since 1898 is officially over! We just experienced the coldest and most brutal winter of the past century. But today was a markedly different day. It started off with a little morning sun which begged a nice cup of coffee outside on the patio. The afternoon saw a few showers accompanied by the most gentle of rainbows and the day culminated with clearing skies, witnessed by this photo of pink clouds framing a lone tree. Let Spring truly begin!
Winter sprang into Spring today but ever so slowly! After I dropped off my grandson at pre-school this morning, I headed straight to Grande Pointe to photograph a huge cottonwood tree I discovered last fall. With the milder temperatures and snow covered landscape, the humidity hovered at 92% resulting in a heavy fog that blanketed the entire countryside. I brought the rather monochromatic image into 'onOne Software's 'Perfect Enhance' preset and added a slight warm vintage effect. While some of the trees in this area were quite heavily laden with hoarfrost, the sun never did break through the fog until past noon after which the hoarfrost disappeared quite quickly. On the bright side, birds are beginning to return and I even heard the sound of a pileated woodpecker nearby. 'Knock on wood' that spring is just around the corner!
Speaking of pileated woodpeckers, 'Knock on Wood - Winter Piece' is one of my favorite compositions from Ian Tamblyn's 'Over My Head' CD (1986). I have spent countless hours driving around the countryside listening to this superb CD of instrumental music blended with bird songs. The CD came about when Ian received a commission from the Canadian Museum of Nature to present a concert celebrating a forthcoming bird exposition. Since then, whenever I hear a pileated woodpecker, I think of my good friend Ian. Personally, I think Ian is one of our fine musical heroes who has celebrated a lifetime of writing and singing about love and the environment. Ian was the recipient of the 2010 'English Songwriter of the Year' Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards held in Winnipeg as well as a 1976 'Juno Award Winner' for his self-titled album 'Ian Tamblyn'. And ...speaking of Juno Awards, they are coming back to Winnipeg next week, bringing us back full circle! Ah yes, CIRCLE ! I am very excited about starting another major project with Circle / Tétro and Plaines to be announced shortly. The thought of Spring can make you go in circles ...
August 29, 2012
This image of blooming serviceberry made in Utterson, Ontario was modified with the FX Photo Studio Pro app using the Sepia Glow preset.