“Poplars by the Meadow”
“A good roast of sun, it slows you, lets you relax–and out here if there’s anything wrong, you can see it coming with bags of time to do what’s next. This is the place and the weather for peace, for the cultivation of a friendly mind.”
― A.L. Kennedy
I made this image on the Thanksgiving weekend, recently past, while on a hike with my son. Despite being well into October (Thanksgiving in Canada is in October), it was beautifully warm, almost hot. Leaves were just beginning to show the early signs of colour, with slight splashes of yellow starting to show on the poplars.
The wildflowers of the meadow had completed their bloom and were beginning to yellow and become dormant. This is the same meadow, where just weeks ago, the honey bees were busy collecting pollen from a thick crop of goldenrod, no longer golden, but a dull yellow and drooping.
Along the edge of this meadow, is a tall stand of poplars. I could barely get a good angle of them in the tall grasses, but found a suitable vantage point. The bright trunks of the trees flash brilliantly against the thick spruce which lie directly behind them . Once more, this is a scene that I have hiked past numerous time and considered it as a subject, but conditions have never been quite right. That day, the afternoon light and colours combined to make it something worthwhile. The delicate structures show in the image in thread-like lines, which pull me in for a closer look.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/4 sec, f/32, ISO 64