Pushing to the limit

I have decided to change-up a bit and display this collection of images in a slide show format. In this post I have pushed these images to their limits and hopefully arrived at a more artistic expression. I have been inspired by a number of new blogs that I have been following recently. The blogs are by aspiring and established artists, who move between many forms of art, embracing them all. What I notice most is their willingness to experiment and make mistakes. It’s a very active community and one blog that I really enjoy is Debi Riley’s blog “The Creative Zone for Making Art”.

In this collection of images, I have converted or changed some of my colour images to black and white. The slide show format displays the colour image which then melds into the black and white image to create a very effective view of what was done. So I hope you will take a moment to allow the slide show to create its magic!

The peony images were desaturated from full colour to around 30-40% colour that imparts a fifties feel to the colouration. I used the negative filter located in the curves adjustment of Photoshop on the landscape image of the woods and the image of the plane flying high in the sky.  Also, blur was added to soften some images as well as heavily sharpening others to highlight a very small depth of field (DOF) or what is often called a shallow focus. If you have followed me even for a short time you might have noticed that I love to play with a shallow DOF. 

The railway images are examples of one point perspective with a vanishing point, as the rails disappear into the distance. Luckily for me a squirrel was curious about what I was doing on the railway tracks and stopped to pose for me.  Neither of us dallied on the tracks.  Hope you enjoy this collection and as always I would love to hear what you think or if a particular image was a favourite.

 

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Raindrops Galore

We are finally getting lots of rain.  My garden is happy and full of raindrops. As soon as the weather clears for a bit, I’m searching for raindrops. Most of these are shade perennials as well as lupins and rhododendrons that add splashes of colour in the few sunny spots left in my garden.

 

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Waiting to Fall

 

 

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Raindrops galore

 

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Black and white raindrops

 

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Raindrops galore Lady’s Mantle

 

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Raindrops galore variegated hosta

 

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A raindrop or two

 

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BW Lily of the Valley

 

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BW Raindrops galore Lily of the Valley

 

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BW Peony bud with a raindrop or two

 

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BW Solomon’s Seal

 

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Wet Hosta leaf

 

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A fly came by

 

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In between

 

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Lupin foliage

 

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lavender lupins

 

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BW lupins

 

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BW lupin foliage

 

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My Garden Rhododendrons

 

 

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A Secret Garden

Finally rain!  After it stopped, which was too short a time, I was out capturing raindrops on the foliage around my house. This is because I have a thriving shade garden without much colour other than green, so raindrops are the main attraction not flowers. On the other hand, my neighbour’s garden across the street is south facing and has many showy sun loving flowers.  She invited me to capture her new Peony, which I did as well as a few others along the way.

In order to write this post I had to learn the difference between Azaleas and Rhododendrons. This is confusing because while all Azaleas are Rhododendrons, not all Rhododendrons are Azaleas. They are really quite distinctive and easy to tell apart.  Generally Azaleas have 5 stamens (male part of the flower), 5 lobes (petals of the flower) and 1 stamen per lobe. Rhododendrons also have 5 lobes but 2 stamens per lobe which equals 10 stamens in total.  So I just counted stamens and easily identified them. These Azalea and Rhododendron grow in a protected area along the side of my neighbour’s house hidden from the street view. You can see the promise of a large garden but many beautiful aspects of her secret garden are only revealed upon invitation. Lucky me!

 

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Azalea blossoms

 

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Azalea stamen

 

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Very shallow depth of field

 

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Rhododendron bud

 

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Rhododendron blossoms

 

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Lavender Bearded Iris

 

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Mandevilla red velvet flower

 

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Mandevilla red velvet  bud

 

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Mandevilla red velvet flowers

 

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Pink yellow Rose and bud

 

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Black and white Rosebud

 

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Shallow depth of field – Rose petals

 

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Black and white flowers

 

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Burgundy Peony petals

 

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Petals and raindrops macro

 

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Burgundy Peony close up

 

 

Bearded and Beardless Irises

 

The Bearded Iris is named for a fuzzy ridge that runs along each of 3 downward-facing petals, called falls. The 3 upward facing petals are called standards and may be a different colour than the falls.  The Siberian Iris forms very handsome clumps of grass-like foliage with a host of blooms rising on elegantly thin stems. These beardless flowers are smaller than the Bearded Iris blooms.  These images were taken at the Ornamental Gardens located at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.

 

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Backlit light purple Bearded Iris

 

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Backlit light pink Bearded Iris

 

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Orange Bearded Iris

 

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Mauve and yellow Bearded Iris

 

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Black and white Siberian Irises

 

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Black and white Siberian Irises

 

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Black and white Bearded Iris

 

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Black and white Bearded Iris close up

 

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Black and white Bearded Iris

 

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Light peach Bearded Iris

The Tulips are Blooming in Ottawa

 

In Ottawa springtime means lots and lots of tulips blooming all over the city. These images were taken at Dow’s Lake, a few days before the official start of the tulip festival. Despite rain and cool temperatures, people were out viewing the tulips.

Walking along the paths lined with tulip beds, some in full bloom and others not yet ready, I captured tulips as well as people out enjoying their evening. On my way back as the light was dimming, reflections, ducks and lastly, an elegantly lit doorstep caught my eye.

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backlit orange and yellow white tipped tulips

 

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backlit orange tulips

 

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single yellow and white tipped tulip

 

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single yellow and white tipped tulip close up

 

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bed of orange and yellow tulips at Dow’s Lake

 

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a blur of orange and yellow tulips

 

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zoomed out tulips close up

 

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gorgeous sunlit orange tulips

 

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Osh Kosh B’gosh girl

 

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family portrait

 

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couple walking at Dow’s Lake

 

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dad and daughter skateboarding

 

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gorgeous double tulips

 

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woman photographing tulips

 

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black and white tulip close up

 

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black and white tulips

 

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tulip bed Dow’s Lake

 

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vibrant red double tulips

 

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subtle yellow pink tulips

 

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black and white shot of the tulip beds at Dow’s Lake

 

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reflections  Dow’s Lake

 

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Ducks Dow’s Lake

 

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Elegant doorstep

 

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A welcoming home

 

 

Deep into the Woods

 

As I walk deeper into the older growth forest in the late spring all the eye can see are trilliums.  Trillium grandiflorum  or as it is more commonly known the white trillium, large-flowered trillium, great white trillium or in French trille blanc, cover the forest floor.  Compared to the small delicate flowers featured in my previous post, the attractive three-petaled white flowers are individually quite bold and showy.

My favourites are pink trilliums. Pink and white trilliums are not different species. The flower’s white petals turn pink as they age. Just for fun I zoomed out to create motion blur in my last image.

 With every change in season, there is something to look forward to. Trilliums turn the woods into a magical wonderland. I think it’s time to take another walk in the woods.

 

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Showy Trillium grandiflorum or more commonly pink trillium

 

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pink trilliums

 

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mulitiple Trillium grandiflorum or white trilliums

 

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older growth forest path
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carpet of white trilliums
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white trilliums
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trillium chaos
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white trilliums
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white trilliums by a log
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Showy white trillium blossom
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Zoomed out trillium blur

 

A Springtime Walk in the Woods

 

These images were taken during a walk in the woods. These woodlands are surrounded by suburbs. So there are wildflowers as well as perennial flowers from gardens that find their way into the woods and thrive. The blue and yellow carpet of ground cover is quite pretty on the forest floor. The tall white flowers, which I assume are wildflowers, grow in abundance near the walking paths.

The weather is getting a little warmer and we have had some rain showers so spring flowers are starting to bloom.  I think it’s time to take another walk in the woods.

 

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light blue carpet of Forget-me-not ground cover

 

I’m assuming from the large area covered in Forget-me-not flowers that they are perennial.  Seeds are found in small, tulip-shaped pods along the stem to the flower. Apparently the pods can attach to clothing, transplanting the small seeds elsewhere.

 

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Viola biflora – alpine yellow-violet

 

I hope I have identified these Viola correctly. Viola are most often spring blooming and  pollinated by insects.

 

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tall white wild flowers
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tall white wild flower close up
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tightly bound buds

 

These tightly bound buds may be leaves to a shrub rather than a flower but I found them interesting.

 

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delicate white wild flower

Sailboats Docked at the Marina

 

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We often like to stroll through Dick Bell Park. A scenic park along the Ottawa River, this park is home to the Nepean Sailing Club. This was a good opportunity for me to practice with my FujiFilm X100s. These pictures were taken last summer. Can’t wait for warm spring weather to arrive.

 

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On the rocks on the Ottawa River side of the breakwater I noticed brilliant patches of yellow doting the harse rocky landscape.

 

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Sedum acre also commonly known as the gold moss stone crop

 

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Seagull perched on crooked lamp post at marina