Archive for March, 2009

What a Difference a Day (or two) Makes

Posted in black-and-white, Electrified, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by sambissell

Although our weather has been in the 60s and 70s for the last 2 0r 3 weeks, Mr. Weatherman let us know we had snow on the way. Of course, he has been a “bit off” all winter in calling previous storms so it was with a great “ho-hum” that I greeted the chance of this one.
Yesterday turned out to be the calm before the storm. And knowing a “snowstorm” was headed here, I decided to prune back some shrubs and grasses, in order to belay getting crushed under a heavy wet Spring snow. When I was done, I took a few photos just to have in case the promised snowstorm turned out to be real.

Frontyard - Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday afternoon - Frontyard

Wednesday afternoon - Backyard

Wednesday afternoon - Backyard

Flowering Almond

Flowering Almond (aka Korean Cherry)

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Equinox images, a few days late…..

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Electrified, friends, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2009 by sambissell
Crocus Forest

Crocus Forest

I shot these on the morning of the Vernal Equinox. Opening to a new season after another season,which really didn’t have much presence. Quite apropos, I think.

They Leapt Up

They Leapt Up

Opening to A Clear Blue Sky

Opening to A Clear Blue Sky

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Waterfall

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Nature, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2009 by sambissell

Quite a long time ago, I took a photograph of my friend, Paul, under a waterfall in a snow squall. We were in the Wet Mountains of south-central Colorado on a camping trip in mid-May, hiking up to Lake of the Clouds (with this link, scroll to the bottom of the page for a good aerial view). However, now that you have that descriptive intro, I don’t have this fine photo!  😦

In the last few years, I have taken (and not lost) a few waterfall shots that I really like and that is what you get to see today!  🙂

Waterfall Wall

Waterfall and Wall

Taken at Denver Botanic Gardens, May 2007.

Waterfall 2

Waterfall 2

Taken the same day, same place, but inside the main building in an indoor fountain.
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Walking Iris, Dawn to Dawn, sort of

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by sambissell
Walking Iris, 9 am Saturday

Walking Iris, 9:21 am Saturday

In my last post, I included a couple of pictures and an explanation of my Walking Iris. You may remember that it has a decidedly short bloom time. So, I was lucky enough yesterday morning to see this beauty before it actually popped open.
However, I went downstairs for just a few minutes and returned to find this:
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Iris reticulata ‘JS Dijt’ — Miniature Bigshot

Posted in Botanical, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2009 by sambissell
Iris reticulata 'JW Dijt'

Iris reticulata 'J.S. Dijt'

I said I’d let you see the above plant when it popped out of the ground in my yard. Well, frankly, I didn’t expect it to do so for another couple of weeks. However, here in Colorado, our weather has been so warm and dry that the ground, in turn, is ALSO so warm that the early Spring plants have been tricked into thinking that not only is Spring here but Summer is close behind!
This flower grows to a whopping 5″ or so. I have several of them planted in my front yard, where they create a very nice effect for people who aren’t used to flowers blooming in mid-March, other than crocuses. Frankly, I think they are one of the coolest-looking plants in the world. Different from their much bigger cousins, Bearded Iris, these are Beardless Irises.

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