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New Morning Light image – Buckeye, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California 2011

March 17th, 2011

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1/3 sec at f / 19__ISO 200

I have lived in the Sierra for 33 years, and I have always been thrilled when seeing the first buckeyes popping out in early spring.  The leaves come out so fast that I have never caught that moment I have enjoyed for so many years.  The bare branches of these small trees often have wonderful patterns that I have photographed during the winter months.  See one such image on mine on the OP site:  The Digital Deluge.

I have been wanting to capture that sense of early spring that I have seen and felt every spring for so long.  The timing for this image was critical – early enough in the budding process to still see the branch patterns and also see the full, radiating shapes of the leaves.  On Tuesday morning, on my Morning Light run, I think I captured the moment.

Enjoy!  Bill

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7 Responses to “New Morning Light image – Buckeye, Foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California 2011”

  1. Heather says:

    That is really cool! Congrats on getting the shot 🙂

  2. Bill, I was looking for something very much like this image of yours in the Merced River canyon last week and never did find quite what I was looking for. I ended up with compositions of budding buckeyes and bare oaks instead

    I like your image. I have several images of various natural subjects, mainly trees, that similarly are pattern images and I’ve been considering basing an extended project on them. Seems like such a project could make an interesting folio/book.

  3. This is lovely, Bill. Thanks for sharing. I hope your photo and other activities won’t be interfered with by the collapse of the road I was just reading about … ?

  4. jaiya says:

    Cool green!!! Lovely!!

  5. Thanks for the feedback!

    Yes, David, this could be part of a Tapestry portfolio!

    Nancy, the Big Sur highway that collapsed is on the coast, and I am in the Sierra, four hours away. Thanks for your concern….

  6. Ben Horne says:

    The uniformity of leaves, and spacing between them gives this photo a very cool look. The shape of the leaves makes them look almost like fractals. I can only imagine the detail you have on each individual leaf.

  7. Simon Gulliver says:

    I find this image has real staying power. It says spring so clearly but not with the usual cliches. Reminds me how quick and ready to respond you have to be shooting landscape. Great shot. Keep them coming!

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