Autumn Leaves II

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My Flowering Plum Tree in Autumn…

Autumn Leaves II

Time is moving so fast. #1 Grandson is eating with a spoon and isn’t as messy as I thought he’d be, and he’s talking up a blue streak and knows more words, and is articulating sentences and thoughts I had no idea he was able to understand. He’s planning for, and stratagising for Christmas at 2yrs 10 months while I’m still trying to compose a good macro image of leaves in Autumn! Perhaps I should give him my camera.

I’ll give you an example of how clued in he is. His mom had her lips done at my Doctors office a couple of weeks back, but I was talking to #1 Grandson about the importance of going to the Doctor for Health, not just being sick.  I said, ” We go to the Doctor for check ups to make sure we’re growing big and strong, and we get shots to prevent sickness and infections.” He added,” And, to get big lips.”  WE HAD NO IDEA HE WAS AWARE!  We are now!

My Flowering Plum Tree in Autumn. It’s dropping leaves as fast as #1 Grandson is learning, and the Squirrels are trying to break my Squirrel Free Bird Feeder.

I love the veins, and colors of these leaves right now. We don’t have many trees that turn red in Autumn in California. It’s a treat to actually own one!

Nikon 105mm Micro| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| CS6| Nikon Df

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P52 36/52 Cannonball Flower

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I’m back from a great vacation. He-Man and I went on a Western Caribbean Cruise for his 60th Birthday.

One of the Ports of Call was Roatan, Honduras. We visited Gimbalimba Park while there and that’s where I was introduced to this amazing flower and tree.

P52 36 of 52: Canonball Tree FlowerThe tree grows to be 50-70ft tall, and produces fruit that are about the size and shape of cannonballs-hence it’s common name. Its proper name is Couroupita guianensis. 

The fruit is edible but, is smelly which puts people off of eating it, and after the fruit comes the flower.  The fruit grows directly from the trunk which is unusual. Unlike the fruit, the flowers smell wonderful, and are used to make perfume, and cosmetics. The Hard shell of the fruit is sometimes used for containers.

Canonball Tree -Couroupita guianensis

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 28-105mm micro lens| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Hand-held

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Sunset over Santa Clara County Hills

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Another little tree alone on a hill.  This is an image I made a couple of weeks ago.  It was a lovely evening: warm, with a cool breeze, and the color glowed in the sky for hours; until well after dark. A rare thing around here.

Sunset over Santa Clara County

This image is a composite made from two frames blended in Photoshop CS6.

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 17-35@30mm| ISO 100| Manual Priority| Tripod| Singh-Ray 2 stop Reverse Grad ND + 3 stop Grad ND filters

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Moonrise Sunset Santa Clara County

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We had some cloud cover last night and I thought it might be a good night to head up to my tree for Sunset as it promised to be a colorful one, and the Moon was rising there too!

Moonrise from the Lonely Tree

It was a Waxing Gibbous 98.7% Moon last night. I wasn’t the only one heading up the Steep Hill for Sunset last night. I had to wait for a group of teenagers to get their shots in front of the tree before taking making this image.  🙂  Tonight is the Full Moon but it’s so overcast I probably won’t see it.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f2.8@ f16| ISO 100| Tripod

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Sunset between storms

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Sunset Santa Clara Valley

I had just a few minutes to get up to my tree to capture the end of the day. I just made it! Not too much color, but the light was pretty, and the clouds moving in bringing rain tonight added to the drama.

My tree is growing up! It’s getting fuller and our hills and mountains are green again.
In Santa Clara County we’re 190% above our average for rain fall, but we still have a long way to go before we’re out of the drought. We need 6 more storms like the one we just had to get out of it the Meteorologists say. I hope we get that! Either way I’m already looking forward to Spring flowers. 🙂

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f/2.8| Tripod

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