Spring Filaments

Spring is my favourite season of the year. Watching the countryside green-up, leaves uncurl, flowers and blossom open out is a magical experience. It never fails to excite and amaze although I’ve seen it all before over 60 times. I firmly believe that being a Photographer heightens my awareness of what is going on in the landscape around me.

The downside of Spring however is that it’s not just the pretty things that re-generate, it’s the things we hate – like weeds and garden pests and insects that sting etc. And then there’s MOSS.

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Moss seems to have taken over 50% of the grass in my lawn. It’s become so bad that we’ve just hired a specialist firm to get to work on our lawn to eradicate it. I don’t like moss – not in my lawn.

But……five feet above the ground clinging to life between the half-round brick coping of our garden wall is another variety of moss that at this time of the year is a pure delight when the sun lights it up.

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Tiny filaments of moss about an inch long and many of them not much thicker than a cotton thread, translucent in the sun. A thing of beauty. Provided it stays right where it is!

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But not easy to photograph. All four images on this post were shot towards the sun to render the filaments translucent, and the backgrounds dark. All are taken with my 24-85mm F2.8 Nikkor that has a macro capability. Shooting diagonally along the wall (first image) I shot at F4 to minimize the DOF and get just one small element sharp. All the others were shot at F16 to maximize the DOF.

The head on shot of three clusters along the wall (last image) is perhaps the weakest of the bunch, but I’ve included it as it helps to show how the moss has aligned itself along the mortar between the coping bricks.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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6 Responses to Spring Filaments

  1. Len Saltiel says:

    Terrific details and light in these images Andy. I know what you mean about the unwanted growths. That’s why I moved to a townhouse/condo after having an acre and a half of grass to take care of. Now someone else does all of the work ;-o

  2. Rick Louie says:

    Amazing details, Andy! I’m definitely ready for Spring!

  3. Mark Neal says:

    Details and lighting are really beautiful. Nice work!

  4. seekraz says:

    I especially like the third picture…reaching, reaching…. Very nice.

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