We are really enjoying our new house and yard (new to us in October). Since this is the first spring we have lived here, we are seeing what comes up and being very pleasantly surprised.

This clematis is just spectacular.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Zeiss Milvus 50mm
  • ISO 1000 1/100 sec f/10

High Contrast Peony

Not only is this a high contrast image, but it’s in high contrast with the Peony photo posted two images prior. (see here) It’s also from the same plant. Pretty amazing what a difference it can make to change an image from color to high contrast B&W.

I really was struck by how sensual this image was. ’nuff said.

This is another image taken with my iPhone. There is a filter called “Ink” that is accessible (in newer phones) within the Messages app. I didn’t find it anywhere available in the Camera app. Not sure why, but I sent this image to myself and then it shows up in your photo catalog in Photos.

Yellow Peony

Yellow Peony

Moving into a new house in the fall, we were interested in seeing what would come up in the spring. We had several peony plants around the yard, too. But we were surprised when one of them was a yellow one. I’d never seen one before… quite nice.

  • Lens: Nikkor 105mm Macro
  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • ISO 400 1/250 sec f/8

Something a little different

Flowers with filter

I had a friend share a photo or two that he took with his iPhone using a filter that was fairly well hidden in the depths of the iOS. I started playing with that and he suggested another app (Visionn) that I used to take this image of a bouquet.

This is totally different than what I have been working on, but I found it a lot of fun. More on this later …

Rhododendron and Madrone


This is my view out my office window right now. (this wasn’t taken through the window)

The madrone in the background is dead, but the color of the trunk is still a nice reddish color that goes well with the stems of the rhododendron.

It’s a nice time of year in the woods here in the Pacific Northwest. The wild rhododendron are in bloom. (Washington’s state flower)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 50mm
ISO 100    1/25 sec    f/13



Trillium by Allan J Jones Photography

Found this trillium just starting to open along the Elwha River Road washout bypass trail. It was a cloudy day and in the woods … so I had to bump up the ISO to get a high enough  shutter speed to hand hold the camera with the 80-400mm zoom. The depth of field was not ideal, but the bloom is mostly sharp.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 80-400mm set at 300mm
ISO 3200    1/1250    f/5.6

Giant White Fawn Lily

Giant White Fawn Lily by Allan J Jones
Giant White Fawn Lily

This Giant White Fawn Lily was growing alongside a trail in the lower Elwha Valley in the Olympic National Park. I was puzzled by identification at first. It looked like an avalanche lily, but that lily doesn’t have the mottled leaves. It also reminded me of a yellow fawn lily, but obviously, the color was wrong. A first flower for me… and a fairly rare one.

I was really delighted when I found it and wished I had carried my 100mm macro lens and a tripod. I used my 80-400mm zoom and stayed back and it worked out okay. I had to bump the ISO up to 3200 to get the shutter speed up high enough to avoid vibration and movement from the slight breeze… on a cloudy day.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 300mm
ISO 3200    1/1250 sec    f/5.6

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