Decay and Vitality

Floral & Nature

I took my annual trip to Yates Cider Mill last month and of course I brought my camera with me. It was towards the end of the foliage decay in this particular section of town, so there weren’t too many subjects to photograph, but I managed.

I used my 50mm lens, partly because I forgot to stick my macro lens on – however, as I’ve mentioned before, I seem to get some really fantastic bokeh shots with this lens and it continues to be my go-to lens for every day photography.

Anyway, here’s a few shots from the day.

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I really like the way the above photo turned out. I think it shows a great contrast between colors, but also between the decay and vitality of nature and how strongly something like a leaf can hang on to it’s live-giving branch. That sounds super poetic, but nature is poetic.

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I had a tough time choosing between the above photo and another, landscape version of the same leaves. But ultimately, like that poppy picture from this summer, I like the contrast between the orange of the leaves and the serene blue background.

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In this last photo, I found this stalk of leaves sprouting out of the ground surrounded by mostly trees with falling leaves and I thought it was just brilliant to see this bright green foliage defying the autumn season.

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Clinging

Floral & Nature

Tonight’s post seems like a burden cause I’m not really in the mood to blog. BUT IT’S BLOGVEMBER and I gotta keep my promises.

I got my Wacom Intuos tablet in the snail mail today and it’s pretty glorious! It sped up the photo editing process and hopefully will motivate me to work in Illustrator again. Hopefully.

Anyway, here’s another shot I really liked from my short trip to Yates this past weekend. There were some branches on the trail that still had berries and I thought they made for good points of interest. Pretty sure I took this on all manual as well.

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Crimson Peaks

Floral & Nature

I found a tuft of branches at Yates that still had red leaves on it and I thought it made an interesting shot.

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Crumpled

Floral & Nature

I rushed over the Yates Cider Mill a few nights ago right before the sun went down because I wanted to take pictures of dead and dying foliage.

I managed to get a few interesting shots before it got really dark. I did most of them on complete manual, which I find always gives me really interesting photos. I think it’s the fact that I can make the lens focus wherever I please, so it gives multi-dimensional visual points. If that makes any sense.

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Post-Workout Pumpkin Smoothie

Viviana's Kitchen

Speaking of pumpkins, aside from eating them plainly after being baked, you can obviously use them in various recipes.

I’ve been¬†incorporating pumpkin into my post-workout smoothies and I’m loving it. It gives them a silky texture and brilliant color.

Below is this morning’s pumpkin smoothie with banana, strawberries, oatmeal, honey, milk, and water. Boom! (Picture taken with my Galaxy Note 5)

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