moody maples

Taken during an early evening rain after a day of on and off showers and thunderstorms.

I planted these two river maples (looks like three) from seeds produced from mature maples growing wild in my backyard. If I remember correctly that was just over ten years ago. Have I mentioned that I love trees?

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S9+

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Happy Earth Day 2022!

Time to go hug a tree.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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outside my studio window

This beautiful bald cypress tree stands just outside one of my studio’s windows. The fence separates a natural wetland from the remainder of my property. I planted this tree when it was about 4 feet tall in 1992. Thirty years later it stands at about 40 feet.

The sign in the background identifies the area as an NWS Certified Backyard Habitat.

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S8+

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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i ‘heart’ trees

New redbud leaves in the early morning Florida sunlight.

Camera and Lens – Canon EOS R with Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Magnificent oak

This tree is one of about thirty trees that may be cut down when this lot is developed shortly. The vinyl tape around the trunks is supposed to spare the trees from destruction but I’ve seen developers still cut them down and then just pay the fine levied by the county. Here’s hoping that won’t be the case here. Amelia Island, Florida.

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S8+

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Testing my Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm f4 ED lens

This Nikkor lens is a bit of a throwback to another age (1987) when Nikon was still making rugged metal lens bodies (I’ll post pics of it soon). I tested it on my Nikon D800 just yesterday afternoon for the first time. It was pretty late in the day so the sunlight was getting a bit warmish.

300mm f6.3 at 1/160 ISO 400
300mm f8 at 1/250 ISO 400

What amazes me most about the image above is the detail at the top of this tall pine. My guess is that the tree is about eighty feet tall and is a couple of suburban yards away from my shooting location. The Nikon D800 is a full-frame DSLR with 36.3 megapixels. Both shots were handheld (no image stabilization).

Pictured with the built-in hood extended. It accepts 82mm lens caps and screw-in filters.

Thanks for stopping by. More test pics soon. – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe day! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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autumn blaze

Bald cypress dressed in its best fall fashion (North Florida).

My favorite tree in my yard – I have about fifty of which I planted around fifteen or so. The remainder are “babies” from the original two trees that I planted back in 1991. The bald cypress is a member of the redwood family and some call these trees Eastern redwoods.

Camera and lens – Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM zoom lens.

This one is about 40-50 feet tall.
The top of the tree just before the last light of the day. The cones are clearly visible.

Camera and lens – Fujifilm FinePix S9900W with Fujinon 50x 4.3-215mm f/2.9 zoom lens.

This is about the best color my yard will see this autumn. The things that look like balls are actually cones or seed pods that the male bald cypress produces throughout the growing season. They are about the size of a golf ball and just about as heavy. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy SUNday!

Ready for Spring to spring!

Early Gerber daisy.
Our mighty front yard oak.
Just needs a plant, but which?
Maidenhair ferns in the afternoon sun.

Camera – Fujifilm FinePix JX250 (from 2010).

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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