Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wild Iris, Not Cattails

I was walking up along the old Champlain Canal again this morning and noticed a lot of yellow blossoms in an abandoned portion of the canal that I know is filled with Cattails. I kind of knew that cattails didn't have these kind of blossoms but they were spread out over the area so it looked like they really did.

While Iris and Cattail foliage do look quite similar, the Cattail plants were almost twice as tall as the similar looking plants that sported the yellow blossoms. So I concluded that there were numerous wild Iris plants interspersed with the Cattails in this bog like area.

I brought along an EOS 70D body with an EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro USM lens together with a light tripod and remote release. This first shot shows the Iris blossoms in and among the taller Cattails.

I'm using this as a background for my MacBook.

Canon EOS 70D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro USM, f/6.7, 1/60 sec., ISO 400

This shot is of the same blossom from a closer and different angle.

Canon EOS 70D, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro USM, f/6.7, 1/60 sec., ISO 400

I bracketed this particular shot with five exposures +/- 1 EV. As it turned out, processing all five files resulted in too much background detail for my liking. So I processed only the normally exposed file, shown above, and the -2 and -1 EV files. Here is the result.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Eastern Tent Caterpillar Day

It's been a long time since I've done blog posts two days in a row. But it's been great weather and I've been out and around. This morning on Peebles Island it seemed like today is National Tent Caterpillar Day. The last time I was on the island, ten days ago, there were no noticeable nests. Today they were all over the place.

Luckily, I had decided to carry a 7D body with the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. This setup was perfect for documenting the very reachable nests. You can read about the Eastern Tent Caterpillar here.

f/6.7, 1/500 sec., ISO 200

f/6.7, 1/350 sec., ISO 200

f/6.7, 1/500 sec., ISO 200

Saturday, May 9, 2015

An Alternative Walking Route

I occasionally get tired of the usual walking route and choose one of several alternates that I can still access without driving anywhere first. Today's route was up along the old Champlain Canal North of Waterford.

I brought along a 7D body and an EF 28mm f/1.8 USM lens that I traded a couple of other lenses for but haven't really used much yet. All but the first of these shots are three file HDR images +/- 1 1/2 EV.

Finally, we're getting some real growth started around here. It's been extremely dry, however, and the young cattails seem a bit water deprived. In fact, it's been about two weeks without measurable rain. Not usual for this time of year.

I'm going to assume that the grooves in the stone of the old lock are from ropes towing or securing barges as they traversed the old canal. Or maybe ropes that pulled the gates open or shut since that indentation is where the gates were. The final shot is of the abode of an enterprising Beaver although I'm not sure how he/she copes during the Winter when there is no water in this now overflow portion of the canal system.