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It's pussy willow season again!

 
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Apr 04, 2010 09:15 |  #1

It's pussy willow season again! These have subtle colors & textures & I like shooting them. Hopefully the weather will get better & I can get some bees with them again this year.

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3 A few parts are blown out, but not as much as you might think. I wanted it to say "Fuzzy, like a rabbit's ear".

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8 I used the bottom of a white bucket to throw some fill into this one.

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Apr 04, 2010 10:51 |  #2

Beautiful captures. I especially enjoy #5 and #6.


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Apr 05, 2010 08:51 |  #3

Thanks, Lindsay!


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Apr 05, 2010 13:05 |  #4

Nice work Frank. Thanks for sharing that fill light technique with the bucket.




  
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Apr 06, 2010 08:53 |  #5

Whatever works! :D


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Apr 07, 2010 18:36 |  #6

Nice stuff, Frank. I don't believe I've ever seen these in bloom before.

What sort of environment(s) are they found in?


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Apr 07, 2010 19:03 |  #7

PhotosGuy wrote in post #9930121 (external link)
I wanted it to say "Fuzzy, like a rabbit's ear".

Rabbit's ear? Always thought they were pussycat toes :)


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Apr 07, 2010 20:59 |  #8

What sort of environment(s) are they found in?

They seem to start out as a brush like growth, & if left alone, I've seen them grow to 15 feet tall. I can get a shot of a tall one in a few weeks if anyone wants to see it.

Rabbit's ear? Always thought they were pussycat toes

Whatever floats your boat, but rabbits ears are pink inside like #s 2 & 3! :D

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Apr 07, 2010 21:26 |  #9

I have a pussy willow tree in my back yard that is much taller than 15 feet. They seem to be rather fast growing. I don't remember what year we planted it, but it was about 15-17 years ago. Kinda a bushy looking tree. I'd probably have to get out a step ladder to get anywhere near enough to them to attempt to take pictures like yours.


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Apr 08, 2010 00:20 |  #10

Those are great. The lighting is just about perfect in each one. Second one is my favorite.

FYI: a number of shrubs and trees produce 'catkins' in both the Salix (willow) and Populus (poplar) genuses. True Pussywillow here is Salix caprea but we also have about a half dozen native willows that also produce pretty little fuzzy catkins. The range of sizes is quite wide and several different species are called Pussywillow depending on where you are.:)




  
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Apr 08, 2010 08:18 |  #11

I have a pussy willow tree in my back yard that is much taller than 15 feet.

I wouldn't be surprised. I haven't used my trig in decades. :D

I'd probably have to get out a step ladder to get anywhere near enough to them to attempt to take pictures like yours.

Break off a branch & stick it in the ground like Mom did. Soon you'll have a low bush within reach.

PBeeee: Thanks for the info!

Here are a few threads from previous years: Spring Pussy Willows

It's Pussy Willow season!

The pussy willows are blooming!

I took some more a few days ago & I'll put up another thread when I get them processed. Thanks again for the comments.


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Apr 08, 2010 21:05 |  #12

Frank, that is simply a great series. Really well done. What lens did you use?


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Apr 08, 2010 21:12 |  #13

Nice stuff. They look great and love the DOF.


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Apr 08, 2010 21:37 |  #14

Thanks, guys!

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Frank, that is simply a great series. Really well done. What lens did you use?

For these it was a 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor with a 1" extension tube somewhere between f/11 & f/22.


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