A New Look for Some Old images

As a photographer I always strive to make my images appear as realistic as possible.  I process my pictures to reflect how the scene, plant, or fungi looked to my eye.  But there are different ways to “look” at things and there is nothing wrong with looking at images using a little more artistic license.

In one of the blogs I follow the author talked about images incorporating the Orton effect. This style of image has a dreamy look where the lights in the image were even brighter and the focus was a little softer.  The effect is  named after Michael Orton the photographer who popularized it.

Here is the original view of the Climbing Aster

Climbing Aster 2



And here is the view with the Orton effect

Climbing Aster 1

The intent is to give some subtle and pleasing changes not create a radically different image.


Here is the original of the Green Arrow Arum

Green Arrow Arum 1


And here is the view with the Orton effect

Green Arrow Arum Orton 2


Do you like the Orton look?

I like the effect.  That is not to say I’m going to use this on all my images but I did want to try it on a few more.  So I did and then put them into a slide show.  As side shows always seemed to be helped with music, I used a tune by one of my favorite Florida folk singers who embraces environmental causes.  Dale Crider wrote and sings this song about Marjorie Stoneman Douglas and her battle to save the Everglades.

Here is the link to slideshow.  I hope you will enjoy the images and the song.

Images Seen on a Trail to the River

Wax Myrtle Fruit and Other Things That Caught My Eye

I noticed that a stalk of the Cinnamon Fern had taken a sharp turn upward.  Had someone bent it and the plant kept growing or had the fern suddenly decided to grow vertically rather than horizontally?

Cinnamon Fern

Fruit is starting to appear on the Wax Myrtle branches

Wax Myrtle 1


A closer look at the fruit clearly shows the waxy covering

Wax Myrtle  2


Spotted some Feay’s Palafox and took a shot from a different perspective.

Feay's Palafox


As I walked down the side trail I encountered a tree just covered with Turkey Tails.  The Tails at the base of the tree were wide and large.

Turkey Tails 1


The tails further up the trunk were smaller and thinner.

Turkey Tails 2


This part of the trail has a nice inviting bench.  So I rested my camera bag and took a shot.

Trail 10

A Fungus Among Us

As I wander the Trail I always look to see what is flowering and, near one of the wooden walkways, I noticed that the Climbing Hempvine is starting to open up.  It’s in the Aster or Daisy family and its flowers are all disk flowers just like Feay’s Palafox.

Climbing Hempvine


A Hog Plum had dropped it’s colorful fruit on the trail.   I’m surprised that it hasn’t been gobbled up by an animal or bird.

Hog Plum Fruit


The weather has been wet so fungi are appearing.  I spotted this one near a tree root which crossed the Trail.

 Boletus 1


When I turned the mushroom over I saw the sponge layer of tubes which meant that it was some species of Boletes.

 Boletus 2


I broke off a little piece at the edge to give a little picture of the tubes where the spores are produced.

 Boletus 3


Further down the trail I came on an old mushroom that was covered with a cottony mold.  Everything is the host of another organism.

 Cotton Mold


 That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.

Snake Vines and Snowballs

This was a wonderful day to stroll down the Trail.  The sky was blue and there was no rain in the immediate forecast.

Trail 5


Along the side of the Trail a Smilax vine was rising up from the ground like a green snake that was covered with nasty looking spikes.  One of the common names given to this vine is Earleaf Greenbrier but a good friend of mine grew up calling it a Snake Vine and I like that name the best of all.

Smilax 1


The remains of the tendrils that at one time had been used to hoist itself up now dead and brown but still wrapped around a piece of a twig

Smilax 2


The fresh green tendrils at the end of the Snake Vine were reaching out to grab hold of something to help the vine climb higher.

Smilax 3


And if they couldn’t find anything else to grab, they grabbed each other and intertwined.

Smilax 4


If you get down to the water, look around and you will see a little white snowball.

Buttonbush 1


The snowball consists of many flowers and is found on a tall woody shrub known as Buttonbush which is a member of the Coffee Family.

Buttonbush 2


That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.

Yellow Hog Fungi

And how do I tie that combination together?  Well, let’s start with the yellow.  There are a couple of yellow flowers in bloom.  Smallfruit Beggarticks is found in some of the wetter areas and blooms throughout the year.

Smallfruit Beggarticks 1

Another of the wet area plants is a Primrosewillow.  There are 11 species of Primrosewillow found in the Savannas Preserve areas and only 1 species is non-native.  Of course, the species on the Trail is the non-native Peruvian Primrosewillow but it makes a nice image.

Peruvian Primrosewillow

Lets transition from wet to scrub, from wildflower to shrub, from vibrant yellow to pale yellow.  The flowers on the Hog Plum are in bloom.  The thorny shrub has little flowers with yellow petals that are rolled back and have a multitude of white whiskers sticking out.

Hog Plum

And now for the fungus tie in.  Two blogs ago I had images of the fruit of the Coastalplain Staggarbush.  That bush also serves as a host for a fungus and the fungi on the Coastalplain Staggerbush is particularly colorful.  I used to think that it was a wasp that caused  this gall but I’ve since learned better.

Gall Wasp 2

That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.

Pink and White

Spring is coming and the Heath Family is out in flower.  Fetterbushes and their little upside down urn-shaped flowers are pretty in pink.

Fetterbush 1

The new fruit is starting to appear

Fetterbush 2

Coastalplain Staggerbushes are out in white.

Coastalplain Staggerbush 1

Looking up at the flowers shows a pollinators view – that is, if the pollinator had our type of vision.

Coastalplain Staggerbush 3

 There are 6 native species of Blueberry found in Florida.  You can find half of them on this trail and they are all in flower right now.  Darrow’s Blueberry flowers are found on a 4-foot high bush with little leaves.

Darrow's Blueberry 3

 Shiny Blueberry flowers are found on a short bush with little leaves.

Shiny Blueberry 1

Deerberry flowers have their anthers sticking out.

Deerberry 1

That’s all for now – but standby for future postings.