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Ephemera Photo Essay

They call me mellow yellow

Last Saturday morning I went for a quick 35km bike ride before it got too hot (that didn’t work out… it was already 30°C and stupid-humid by 10:30) and as is my habit, I brought my little Fujifilm X100V along for the ride. I was starting to lament having brought the camera along, since I hadn’t seen anything worth shooting.

On my way home, about 45 minutes into what would be a 70-minute ride, sweating buckets and starting to feel the effects of dehydration (1L water clearly wasn’t enough) I came across this magnificent field of sunflowers.

Thirsty, hot, sweaty, and running low on energy (the heat is not my friend), I did the only thing that made sense: I stopped and made some photos. I mean, how couldn’t I?

The next morning I went back (in my car this time around) with my X-Pro3 and a few longer lenses. It was a little overcast, but that meant it wasn’t as hot, and the light was nice and diffuse. Who needs sun when you’re shooting sunflowers?

Looking closer at the sunflowers I was astounded at how many dandelions there were in the field! They’re the perfect stealth weed that just blends in… until you want to take some nice close-ups, of course.

All those weeds don’t make the field any less photogenic, and certainly don’t deter passers-by from taking selfies!

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Miscellany

I hope they have goats

There’s a farmer’s field not terribly far from home that has always fascinated me, because it’s a field of rocks smack in the middle of what is otherwise very productive, fertile farmland. I can only assume that this is grazing land for goats, because it’s not clear what could grow here otherwise.

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Field of dreams

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Miscellany

The tenacious rule-of-thirds tree

Don’t give up
’cause you have friends
Don’t give up
You’re not beaten yet
Don’t give up
I know you can make it good
– Peter Gabriel

There’s this tree a few km from my house on a country road that caught my eye a few times last year when I was on a bike ride. The first time I noticed it was on April 30, 2016 after a particularly tough winter; nothing was growing nor turning green, especially this tree. Six months later on October 30 I was a little surprised to see it still there. Needless to say, it’s condition hadn’t changed much.

No hope | 121/366I was right | 304/366

Here it is again, after another nasty winter. More or less unchanged… still dead, and still hanging on. I’ll have to visit it again in October…

 

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