Pink Impressions

Floral, Midday, Macro, Art

Pink Impressions
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/400s, f/4, ISO 200

Three Pandas

China Pavilion, Epcot, Walt Disney World

The big draw for me in going to Walt Disney World in the spring is Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. And part of that festival are the topiaries scattered throughout the park. They are not always situated in the best location for photography but the three pandas in the China Pavilion could not have been more appropriate. I was lucky enough (or maybe I had enough patience) to manage this view without any distracting guests…

Three Pandas
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Golden Reflection

Delta Lake State Park

I admit it. I have a problem. I cannot pass up a good reflection. Add to it some beautiful sunset light and I’m stopping every time. I was on my way to the beach area at Delta Lake State Park but this view at the park entrance totally distracted me. I pulled into the parking area for the park office and walked to the edge of the water.

In a few more weeks (sadly, but also eagerly awaiting) this will be a perfect view for autumn colors. One of my favorite autumn images from 2019 is this view. I would have stayed longer exploring this area but the mosquitos were killing me! I ran back to the car to apply generous amounts of repellant and then headed toward the beach. I will be back to this spot soon…

Golden Reflection
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Slipping Away

Delta Lake State Park

I wanted to enjoy the sunset last evening. Another long day at work needed to slip over the horizon. Standing at the edge of the water while the sky filled with the sun’s fading colors was the therapy I needed to recoup my energy. It worked…

Slipping Away
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 40mm, f/11, ISO 200

Until the End

Floral, Midday, Macro
Haiku

As much as I stated in my previous post that there is still time left to summer, the signs of autumn are beginning to appear. I went for a walk yesterday morning along the trails in the Griffiss International Sculpture Park. It was a beautiful morning but in every direction I pointed my camera I noticed the changes. From the fading blooms of the flowers to the leaves starting their color metamorphosis.

I do love photographing flowers past their prime though, so the changes are an opportunity for me. My playground may be in flux but my focus is still clear. Photograph what I see, create what I feel…

Glorious

Life fully enjoyed
Shining brightly for us all
Gloriously you

Until the End
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/2500s, f/2.8, ISO 200

Summer’s Last Hurrah

Delta Lake State Park
Haiku

I know summer isn’t over yet. Although this weekend is typically the “end of summer” at the beach in Delta Lake State Park. There usually is a big bonfire on Labor Day to celebrate the end of the swimming season. I’m not positive if there will be one this year. After this weekend the buoys outlining the swimming areas will be removed and the lifeguard chairs will be put away. The beach will be for sunset gazing only.

Obviously there is more summer to be enjoyed but the symbolic act of closing the beach does get the next season going (in my mind anyway). Maybe it is because I look forward to Autumn each year. Maybe in the past this weekend was the last free weekend for the kids as they head back to school next week. For me though, it is another weekend, but at least it is one with an extra day off.

Summer's Last Hurrah

Sunlight fades to grey
As the beach empties of fun
Summer's last hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200