Thursday, May 5, 2011

Local Flora In Season, Part I

I was doing pretty well monitoring blog post frequency on here this week. Getting into a rhythm of downloading photos one morning, writing some text the next, and publishing at work (shhh!). But yesterday I plugged my camera in to download and it only had 3 measly pictures! Weird... So then I remembered I had the camera phone to worry about. One hundred and eleven (or eleventy-one) pictures.

Many of them are the shots of flora and fauna and sky that I capture in a moment of being present to the world I'm walking through. Aren't camera phones great? If you use them this way, I certainly think so. The photo above isn't the greatest light-wise, but I was trying to capture the moment when the fuzzy-wuzzy pussywillow-type nub started busting out into bright yellow spore-like bristles. Amazing how Nature works.
 Daniel Webster at Thomas Circle looking cool among the cherry (?) blossom trees.
 A better up close shot of the "Poof!" that occurs on these trees, at the end of March it was, this year.
This is the view walking out of my apartment building: now that's what I call "Spring Green!"
These are actually blossoms on a beautiful old crooked tree I walk past, also in Thomas Circle. It is a great one for Fall of the House of Usher type shots during winter because it is in front of several churches, which you can capture in the frame if you tilt up... it may appear later on the blog...
Because these are phone camera pictures, it's basically a walk along M St., my route to work. THis is looking straight up through blossoms; how can you get better than that? And can you see the clear blue sky? Several of the photos were shot in gray, the product of gray rainy spring days (DC has some schizophrenic weather this spring- jeez louise!).
This is the Jefferson Hotel, and it has a beautiful line of small trees- not sure what kind they are except that they blossom along with the cherry trees, so...? Any help, Readers? (There will be a more intensive quiz later.)
I told you there would be another feature of this one! There's that Spring Green again! And I don't know if you can really see, but those are some unique blossoms. Now the tree is all in leaf, much more normal-looking.
Oh wait! It's like time lapse- now we're on to a later stage of the Jefferson trees- the stage where POOF into blooms. This picture was funny because it made it look like a pompom-cheerleader tree

This was going up 15th St. to Whole Foods- what a pink!
This one's near the Convention Center- so amazing, right? This year, I felt like I appreciated every sighting of color popping on the trees. And maybe I did, ya know, because this is a lot of photos...
And here we are, the alternating pink and green of the Baroque period...
And one more spectacular rose shot, even though it doesn't fit into the color scheme. This one was the most recent, since I think roses are more summer blooms, and we're just getting around to thinking about summer (thank goodness we've had such a long and schizo spring, I say- who needs summer??)

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