This is the statue Play Days by Harriet W. Frishmuth in the sunken garden at the Como Conservatory.
The busy bee works away preparing for fall. You can actually see his proboscis as he draws whatever it is they draw out of flowers to make honey. My friend Lucky was shooting with me and you can see his photo of possibly the same bee on his photoblog.
Golden Brown cattails plus the Golden Hour light equals yummy.
I found this little bunch of leaves near the shore. Not really sure if it was attached to something under the snow or if it fell off. I plunked down on my belly and shot it with my macro lens wide open to get the shallow depth of field but with sharp details in the focused area. The low glancing light from the setting sun lit it perfectly. Nature has such detail and beauty, even in the windswept cold of winter.
I really enjoy the Como Conservatory in the winter, it’s strangely pleasant to be uncomfortably warm, surrounded by high humidity.
I was out shooting with Dusty the other day and we came across the street man and the leaf was very near him. We had the same idea, but Dusty wasn’t as keen on belly-flopping for the shot. Yes, I did move the leaf into position and yes, I flopped in the middle of the path to take this photo.
I never grow tired of the effects of my f1.4 lens, the extremely shallow depth of field creates an amazing contrast. Unlike the ‘faux miniature’ effect that people do in Photoshop with areal photos the bokeh from this lens is real and beautiful.