Yes, I’ve been at it again. The flame trees have such wonderful arrangements and in black and white, there is no distraction of colour. Just the structure of branches and flowers – & sometimes birds in striking designs against featureless white:
But today, I also took other shots that I thought I would play with.
A Jacaranda tree with light pouring through the feathery foliage:
A cape lilac bare of all but sunlight and stark shadows and last summer’s berries:
and a Grevillea flower:
I am enjoying this play – though I really should be writing…
Yes, it was sunny enough for photos, but it was windy too – and the singing honey eaters were more interested in lying and fighting than feeding this afternoon. But I go some good shots.
First, though, just the scarlet flowers against the blue sky – so striking:
soaked in sun against the trunk of the old flame tree:
Or against the green of a neighbouring tree:
Finally, I got some shots of the wee birds:
And this one – I was lucky enough to get 2! Before they started quarrelling, that is 🙂
And this little one perched on a century old flame tree cropped so much it had no flowers:
Yes, another sunset in MtLawleyShire – and a strange one. As the afternoon closed down, clouds built, rushing towards the west, bulking dark and ominous, but their outriders glowed:
At the sun’s point of departure, the clouds were heavy and it seemed that sunset was over before it had begun:
then the sun itself slipped below that heavy layer of grey. I was fascinated with the subtle changes in the clouds:
Then the colour intensified:
It began to resemble a mediaeval painting of the Devil’s Inferno:
& as the light faded, so did the colour:
& then I ran out of space on the memory card. 🙂
A brief walk in MtLawleyshire. I came across a winter hibiscus – it is so much smaller than the summer flowers:
And in the bedraggled garden of a house up for sale, I found unpruned roses – in flower:
Then it was home & sunset which started quietly with golden clouds:
The clouds got a little more colour:
Then unexpected drama and mystery:
it all began to darken down as the sun slipped rapidly below the horizon and cool evening seeped into the world:
Then the unexpected: rosy crimson flooded across the clouds:
It faded very quickly, like a dream
and finally, an escaped balloon, the same colour as that brief sunset, floating eat beneath the grey clouds
And I should have added in the title that mostly they are more black and whites. The days have been so dull and gloomy with cloud if not actual rain – it is very difficult to get enough light for photos & those I do get? They are marred with the graininess that I often get in low light. So I have turned them to black and whites. I am definitely going to do something with these.
MtLawleyShire’s Flame trees. Both the flowers & the branches look wonderful in black and white, becoming studies in the complexity of line and shade, the flowers’ balance of gentle grey – in total contrast with their startling and beautiful scarlet which throws even the sky into shade – but in black and white, they assume a different personality:
A flame tree in another street – it is not flowering yet, though it is covered in buds. This looks wonderfully storm-tossed (& it was just after some wild weather)
These are taken in West Perth tonight.
It is from teh tree that had the lovely coloured leaves and branches that I shot against a cream wall. All the leaves are gone now, leaving the branches and twigs bare, like haikus of themselves. They are shot against a heavy sky (it did nothing, just frowned down upon the afternoon and apparently cleared in time for sunset, but I was working so didn’t get to see anything but a brief hint of aftermath):
And these are turned to black and white:
A street tree in street lights:
and a detail rendered into white against the black of night.
I hope you are enjoying my experimentations.
It was a stormy morning and an afternoon of intermittent wind and grey and sun. There was no sunset, and no moon. But there was some sun, so despite teh wind, I went out to see if I could get any shots of the birds in the flame trees. I hope I’m not boring you with these, but it only happens for a couple of months of the year, and only when teh weather is OK. I don’t know if there will be flame trees at my new address, wherever that will be….
There were mostly singing honey eaters there today, all thrusting their heads into the flowers to get at the nectar:
Some are quite acrobatic:
these two, while not all that clear, intrigue me – something about the ‘design’ of the flowers and twigs:
& this one:
& this one – upside down and shot in a moment of sunlit stillness:
& here are some flowers – they are so striking
But, given the weather, there were many that just weren’t right, so I played, although some of those above made for black and white fun too:
I am missing my sunsets and a chance to go and play with the ‘big’ camera with the new lens. Maybe tomorrow…
& I really do hope you’re not getting bored…
Some photos with the new lens – of course, I mostly used the Fattee Cattee & as much as I love her – she is a *terrible* model. Does she sit still? No!
So I also took photos of a leaf – a begonia, catching a snatch of bright sunlight & glowing against the dark background:
My lavender is battered by wind, but still flowering & a bee took advantage, & wasn’t I lucky to get this shot:
Now – for that gorgeous fat fluffy cat. I am still working out apertures and ISO’s & manual focusing…
& this would’ve been great except I chopped off her ear!
so I did this with it: the face of Fattee Cattee:
The never-ending demand for lemon grass, not having learned that in winter, it doesn’t grow:
& sometimes, she is very black:
(but always gorgeous!)
On my way to work – there were amazing clouds building:
Then the moon played hide & seek:
before it emerged almost free of clouds for a moment:
& that is the last I’ve seen of it. Too much cloud. No – not complaining about the rain, but…