|Spofford Village Spring|
As the spring foliage in the Monadnock region has grown and matured to its settled summer green, it seems a good time for me to finish my “Spring Photography, Get Out of Isolation” series with a look at the richly varied hues of our early foliage. Spring is a short but remarkable time for photography. Much like autumn, which marks a brief transition from the extremes of summer warmth and the cold dormant months of winter, spring is the seasonal inflection point back to growth. Both autumn and spring are brief times of change, but for all the momentary beauty of the fall colors, I believe that spring is more varied and interesting and has its own special attractions.
Spring Isolation Series
- Last Buds
- Bringing Spring Indoors
- Isolation Photography III
- Isolation Photography II (Outside)
- Isolation Photography (Indoors / Macro)
In my early articles, I focused on the fantastic explosion of early buds, as our trees and shrubs rushed to begin their short season of photosynthesis. I concentrated on macro photography, both outdoors and in the controlled environs of my studio. This week I will celebrate the wide range of colors, mostly greens, that are on display for just a few days, from when the foliage first appears, until the chlorophylls settle into their, rich, maximally photosynthetic, greens. This is a period about as short as that of the peak fall colors, and I find that it is just as spectacular.
As the leaves first arrive, they appear as a subtle dusting of color against the stark network of branches and often show a wide range of colors from deep red to orange and warm yellows. The variety of colors are usually best on the hillsides in diffuse overcast light, but as is true in the autumn, the spring colors are often most dramatic when seen in bright trans-illumination.
|Connecticut River Westmoreland NH|
|My restricted foliage view while stranded on our deck|
|Roads End Farm Chesterfield NH|
|Fire Pond Reflection Spofford NH|
For me, a wonderful new distraction has arrived. After a careful period of self-isolation, Abigail, Grayson and, most importantly, our delightful 8-month-old grandson Owen, have arrived for an extended stay. Needless to say, for a while, the primary subject of my photography will not be trees and shrubs.
Spring may be coming to an end but, sadly, despite all the political wishful thinking, the pandemic continues. I hope you all stay safe and continue to find relief and joy from using photography to discover the unaffected natural beauty all around us.
- Check out my Spring2020 Gallery