Friday, October 26, 2007

Meanwhile, Back At The Branch

Yes, You Can Even Find Beauty On A Grey Day

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


On a murky day like today, I was wondering what to photograph at lunchtime and then my attention was drawn to this tree (above). It just looked like it was awash with green.


A couple of months ago, the branches were absolutely bare and dark brown, so I thought I'd get a little closer to give you an idea of exactly how the leaves are fringed in a gentle arc.


Like I always tell budding photographers, look around and you'll always find a great angle somewhere else - normally it's a different point of the compass from where you start. Then I spotted this red wall (above) which made a great background.


And I finished up with this shot (above) just to capture a beautiful Melbourne spring sight, even as the rest of the world is gearing up for winter. I hope this photo essay brought a smile to your day.

29 comments:

wes said...

The red background is really good, changes the whole perspective. I really like it.

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

I agree, that backround completely transforms it.

Merisi said...

Finding colours on a grey day, that are as gorgeous as these, which do not seem as if all life had been drained out of them, is indeed an art. Beautiful. :-)

David said...

Nice photos. I prefer the 1st and 2nd pictures - I can still remember my web usability studies telling me that "green on red is the worst possible colour combination"!

mrsnesbitt said...

Colour on a grey day is so uplifting!

Cuckoo said...

The contrasting red is really changed the picture. Excellent.

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Hammer said...

Ferns are some of the most ancient types of trees. I think they are also the nicest looking.

Mary said...

I love going out on grey & murky days to take pics of nature. The colors sometimes seem to come alive at that point. This past Monday it was ready pretty steadily here, so I grabbed my camera and headed out. I loved what I found!

Tiffany Norris said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I've enjoyed reading yours (and checking out the impressive photos). I look forward to reading more. :)

Anna said...

Yes, you can definitely find beauty on a gray day. My kids think I'm crazy when I look around on a cloudy, drizzly day, and proclaim it a beautiful day.

I love the green, and the red background is wonderful.

I also wanted to let you know I gave you an award.

The Egel Nest said...

I love the shots against the red background!

Awesome!


Bradley
The Egel Nest

countrygirlcityliving said...

We are heading into our winter season and those shots of green against the red background just gave me chills of excitement for the season to come! Thanks for sharing David!

Bella said...

That is sooo beautiful and impressive.

and yes, I'm smiling!

:) Bella

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

OOOOh, very pretty. In the first picture, the pattern and repetition of form are wonderful!

Mary, IMAGIK

imac said...

Sitting at my screen in awe...

Sky watch- What a fantastic sky watch photo, just love it.

Wedding dress- wow, Mind boggles????

As for the green tree, and the red background, just magnifico David.

You are a true professional.

Lynilu said...

Love the pictures, and I'm a "budder," having just discovered my eye with a camera a couple years ago. Every day I learn something new by plan or by chance and regardless, I take in every lesson.

I love that you are just getting leaves back on trees, and we are losing ours! it's all about balance, isn't it?

Misty Dawn said...

Once you immerse yourself in the passion of photography, you tend to look at everything and picture a beautiful photograph. At least, that's the way it is with me. I've taken photos of plain weeds, and had my husband tell me that he thought it was an outstanding shot ;-)

Bradley's Mom said...

Beautiful, beautiful shots, David.

Wish you were here to capture some of our glorious fall colors!!!

Have a great day!

Linda

nonizamboni said...

Stunning photography. Thanks for visiting my blog but now I must bow to your talents! And your sense of humor will keep me re-visiting your blog. My fave was about the man buried with his mobile phone sans card! We usually just place favorite candy bars in our family's coffins. :O)

Suldog said...

That's lovely, David. Isn't it interesting how some of nature's shades of green seem heightened in dreary weather?

Kimberly said...

I'm a lover of dismal grey days. I love how the beauty of simple things stands out against that backdrop. Beautiful shots.

Mike said...

Are those the leaves that close when you touch them? Amazing background.

Nap Warden said...

Hey, great job on the pics. It is nice to see spring, it seems so far away from where I am!

Sniz said...

I tell you, I'm gonna live this winter vicariously through your wonderful pictures! How warm is it there now?

indicaspecies said...

I love, and prefer, the first two pictures - it seems so natural and perfect.

You have captured luxuriant green wonderfully well on a murky day to cheer up the mood. Brilliant!

karoline said...

david?

if you touch or handle those branches, do the leaves close up, as in fold together?

i was given a young plant once that looked much like that tree you have posted...but it would fold closed if i touched the leaves..

?
k:)

backpakker said...

sometimes a simple spread of colours can change moods like that..I love greens ..they look different when the sun is shining on them or when its washed by the rains

Aaarti said...

Wow,the red background makes the leaves look so lively and beautiful

came over thru a cousin's blog.. and must say ur photos are breath taking...

:)

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