As I chase Spring in search of wildflowers, critters and other natural phenomena, I am reminded of something special that is often a backdrop for more popular subjects rather than the main attraction. Artists and photographers know it well, and they also know the challenge of capturing its stunning, ephemeral beauty at the right time and place. I’m referring to the palette of fresh, spring greens that appears as plants emerge from dormancy.
These images, in chronological order over a period of about two weeks, are my most recent attempt to capture “green-up” in Central New York.
Aspen clone (May 4)
Wild apple tree bloom and woody plant leaf development (1 of 2; May 10)
Dairy farm (May12)
Sugar maple foliage (May 14)
Canada geese in a field of barley (a gang of newly hatched goslings at her feet; May 15)
Wind, rain and dark skies have settled in, arriving at the tail end of a beautiful display of flaming foliage in the countryside. I’m searching for the silver lining — while monitoring storm water and the erosion control practices on my woodlot.
While walking the bank of a small, intermittent drainage swollen by rainwater, a plunge pool caught my eye. Water cascading over an abrupt drop in the stream bed had created a tiny pool about two feet across and a foot deep. The water was swirling slowly, clockwise, with fallen maple leaves and bubbles dancing along for the ride. I had to play with the ever-changing scene, and will share some of the shots.
Sugar Maple leaf swirling around in a small plunge pool (1 of 4)