Spring is Here

Spring Blooms by Allan J Jones Photography
Spring Blooms

Blooms and Baseball. Two of my favorites.

This is a cherry (?) at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. I had to return to shoot this … bringing a tripod and my 105mm macro lens. I used Nikon’s “Photo Stacking” option set at 14 images and combined them in HeliconFocus to get the depth of field.

I was surprised that it worked as well as it did. There was a slight breeze and the branch was moving a little during the sequence … but HeliconFocus adjusted to that.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 105mm
ISO 100    1/160 sec    f/14

Door to the Holiday

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Above the door you can see “Clam Cannery 1885”. This is a building on the waterfront in Port Townsend. I really liked the door with the wreath, and the way the color of the ribbon on the wreath was echoed by the color of the geraniums.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 800    1/160 sec    f/6.3

(some kind of) Lily

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I wish I was as familiar with garden flowers as I am with the wild flowers of Washington State. I know it’s a member of the lily family and I know some of its wild relatives. This beauty was at Bloedel Reserve (Bainbridge Island, Washington State).

(You may want to click on this image… at least in some browser views the top of the image is cut off.)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/400 sec .   f/10

Skunk Cabbage

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I found this skunk cabbage, which has gone to seed, at Bloedel Reserve on 4 August. For those unfamiliar with skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), it does smell remarkably similar to skunk … but primarily when in bloom. The blooms are around in spring and while the flowers are very small on an upright spike … the bracts are large and bright yellow.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 800    1/400 sec    f/10

Water Lilies

Water Lilies, Capitol Lake, Olympia, Washington by Allan J Jones Photography
Water Lilies, Capitol Lake, Olympia, Washington

I saw these water lilies in Capitol Lake. I had a 50mm lens on the camera and it just was too far away for a good quality image. So I came back later in the day … and found that they had closed up for the night.

So, the next day I went back with my 300mm lens and got this shot. It was worth the trip.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 300mm f/4.0
ISO 200    1/500sec    f/11

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush growing on a rock wall near Hart's Pass by Allan J Jones Photography
Indian Paintbrush growing on a rock wall near Hart’s Pass

This Indian Paintbrush was growing on a rock wall along the side of the Pacific Crest Trail near Hart’s Pass. I had to use a very fast shutter speed to stop the motion caused by the gusting wind. I was a little disappointed with the depth of field, but that is always a challenge when you shoot close up.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 135mm
ISO 200    1/500 sec    f/11

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