Soon, the snow will fade from the forest floor and the trees will wake from their winter slumber and begin to sprout new life. These are early spring sprouts from a couple of years ago. I photographed them in a wooded area late in the afternoon, when a combination of light and shadow created a wonderfully dramatic effect.
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In the autumn, I spent a lot of time taking photos of the colorful leaves covering the woodland floor. This is one occasion when I pointed the camera upward. This image doesn’t accurately convey the weather conditions at the time this shot was snapped. It looks like a sunny fall day, but it was actually overcast with a very fine mist/drizzle in the air. I guess my camera had a brighter perspective.
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I love the way the color and light were dancing among these leaves of autumn.
This is another shot taken while waiting to pick up my wife at her place of work. The earlier post – Fall Arrangement – was from the same shoot.
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This is one hungry, little dust-mop! Look at how much of that leaf it’s already consumed. It is a Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar.
When I took this picture, I didn’t notice the interesting, synchronized curl to those orange and white tufts of hair. It just looked like your run-of-the-mill fuzzy caterpillar. Enlarging the image, often reveals surprising aspects of the insect world.
By the way, the head is that shiny black part on the edge of the leaf, mostly covered by hair. (He needs to trim his bangs.)
This was actually in a very difficult spot to photograph due to other vegetation being in the way. To try and get a better shot, I slowly, gently bent the leaf he was on. They must not have sticky feet because, at the slightest angel, it immediately slid off the leaf and into the dense weeds below…never to be seen again.
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