“Reaching for Spring”

“Reaching for Spring”

“Treasure the people who are willing and able to help you reach your goals.”
― Jeffrey Fry

The title for this image came so easily. As I hiked the forest path, I noticed these small red leaves beginning to unfurl, backlit by the late afternoon sun. As I composed the shot, I could not help but envision them as delicate hands, reaching for something.

The wide aperture of my 90 mm macro lens also created a wonderful soft bokeh in the background, isolating the bud in the foreground, yet leading the eye back along the slightly blurred stem to which it is attached.

It’s a scene that’s playing out everywhere in my area right now. Though still cooler than I’d like, nature continues its cycle of rebirth and presents me daily with new experiences and treasures.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/160 sec, f/6.3 ISO 100

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5 Comments on ““Reaching for Spring”

  1. We share a preference for active and kinetic titles for our work.
    Verbs in the current tense add to the viewer’s sense that we are capturing a moment in action, even if it’s a very slow action, like budding leaves.

    Seek peace,


  2. Wow, Ed! The buds just popped out in 3D fashion from this photo. Gorgeous. Love the framework of reflection and quote you used to associate with it.

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