Magic of the Moment

This week I’ve been trying to build my video skills. Hearkening to the title of this blog, there’s been plenty of intensity without mastery along the way. My interest in video is to capture more of the magic of the sort of moments I’m drawn to photograph.

I love watching the flowers in my garden flutter in the breeze. Here’s a little YouTube clip of my fuschia basket holding its own against this blustery September day:


I am excited at the prospect of filming clips of the fall leaves. I need to find a way to steady my camera for a walk through my favorite forest trail while the sugar maples are ablaze.

Garden, September 3

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I’m lingering more in the garden because its days for 2017 are coming to a close. Inevitably the weather will turn too harsh to sustain these flowers. The unknown is how long the growing season will last. The first frost could come anytime between the middle of September and the beginning of November.

Last year the flowers were still in bloom a week after Halloween, but I cannot depend on a similar season this year. The temperature dipped to the high forties during a couple nights this week. My hibiscus bush is growing new leaves for a second bloom, but I don’t think the warmth will endure long enough for an encore bloom like last year.

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Summer Photo Walk, September 3

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This morning I returned to the Allen County Children’s Garden. The tall grass garden is raging to record growth; the mulch path that winds through it was almost completely obscured with overgrowth. There were so many bees buzzing through the garden that I didn’t want to risk getting stung walking through that labyrinth.

In addition to my usual shots of flora from this delightful public garden, I also offer some of the whimsical decorations on display here.

We have started the slow march toward fall. In the background of one of the decorations, there is bokeh of yellow tree leaves. We’ve had a deficit of rain this summer so some of the leaves that are already changing may be due to leaf drop, a strategy trees use to cope with drought.

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