Growing up, I recall avoiding the Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) as I walked to and from the Carolina’s various beaches. The dried, spiked seed-heads were almost as painful as the dreaded sandspur when stepped on with bare feet! But now, I more appreciate their beauty and genetic diversity. I’m considering planting them near my water garden.
These specimens are from my recent vacation to Ocean Isle Beach. I decided to try a monochrome version of the the first composition above. I brought down the luminosity of oranges and reds to get an acceptable range of tonality mostly on the left flower, from the petal’s red base, out to the yellow tip. I also lowered the luminosity of the greens to give the flowers a little more prominence. I actually like this version as much as the color.
These images are best experienced by clicking on the image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site. Especially seeing the small spider on the left flower in the first two, and the bumble bee in the last.
My neighbor’s Cleome Spider Flower plants (Cleome hassleriana) just keeps on blooming! Good thing, last week, I finally got a chance to capture some great early morning compositions. It was so much fun visually studying this exotic plant. The local honey bees seemed to enjoy as well.
Compound leaves, of five to seven leaflets, spiral up the main stalk with flowers of four to six petals and the six characteristically long whisker like stamens. This complex structure results in a strikingly abstract, yet systematic subject when photographed up close. Though the plant is an annual, gardeners can usually count on the Cleome to self-seed for the next season.
Interestingly, the next two compositions patricularly offer a sense of backyard fireworks!
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On a half day fishing trip in July, we were heading out on the Little River toward the ocean when we passed this abandoned shrimp boat during low tide at the intersection with the Intracostal Waterway. I captured several high tide images coming back up the river to Calabash. A year ago, there was apparently engine trouble and the boat ran aground on Bird Island, near Sunset Beach. It was later towed to this spot, and then abandoned.
Not until I was editing these pictures did I notice the boat’s name – Sum Day. Ha, not the “Love Boat” graffiti painted on the front. I then recalled photographing the Sum Day back in the summer of 2015.
Below are some photos of the Sum Day from my August 2015 Calabash! post. For the best viewing experience, click on these images to see a high resolution version.
The gnarly wood and rusty chains of this trawl board caught my eye on the Calabash boardwalk. The 4 ft by 3 ft trawl board (or door), is used underwater on the left and right side of the shrimp net. At the right boat speed, the boards create enough drag to spread and maintain the horizontal net opening – where shrimp enter the net.
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My next post in this series of Calabash vignettes features a cool abstract, closeup composition of shrimp boat netting. Both black and white, and color versions are included, as each has it’s own qualities and characteristics. I’m leaning towards the monochrome because of strong contrast and elevated texture, shapes and patterns.
On the other hand, the color composition is a more authentic representation of the subject matter. Color brings slightly more presence of the netting’s weathered tonality. Because of the detail in both these compositions, they are best viewed by clicking on the image to view a high resolution version.
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This kind lady from Shallotte, North Carolina graciously allowed me to photograph her as she raked for clams late in the afternoon, just after low tide, on the Intracostal Waterway in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.
Part two of the lovely sunrise captured at Ocean Isle Beach. This post includes a couple of monochrome compositions as well. While the lovely color hues are a significant feature in the color compositions, the monochromes elevate the interesting patterns and textures of the clouds and tidal morning seascape.
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These lovely sunrise images were captured last week while on vacation at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The view is from the east end of this barrier island looking across the channel to Holden Beach, another in a series of North Carolina barrier islands. Mother Nature’s display this morning was quite spectacular!
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