Fennel Fall


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Today’s pictures are soft and gentle – the promised antidote to yesterday’s vivid artificial colours. I hope you find them more soothing to the eyes.

My garden is slowly transforming as fall settles in. Some plants are committed and ready for winter, others are hanging on to the last hope of summer. The fennel is making its last stand, and that is possible only because I tied it up a couple of weeks ago. We like to leave it in seed for birds when the cold weather comes, but often it does not last that long.

Today I include a few pictures of the fennel covered with rain, and of the light that got me out of the house this morning, as well as some end of the day shots emphasizing the fall fennel colours. It rained Friday night, there was a brief show of sun, or at least bright sky, first thing in the morning. Then it was gloomy and wet all day with a short bright period in the evening. Luckily I was home when the sun was out.  I will probably post some more of today’s pictures later in the week, but these ones in the fennel are the most fun. I enjoy being around fennel, it is so fragrant and a small collision with the leaves results in a lingering and subtle scent.

One thing that I noticed while taking these pictures was that the countless rain drops in the fennel were acting like small lenses and projecting ghostly hints of the fennel seeds and stalks on the out of focus background. I tried to take pictures just of these ghosts, but they are pretty fleeting and the smallest adjustment of the camera would shift them out of view. All these shots are hand-held.

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The water drops, when in focus, are like tiny fish-eye lenses that show the whole corner of my back garden, if you could only blow them up large enough.

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Often the drops of water cast star shapes in my lens, and I tried to photograph these too, but was often confounded by my movement, or the slight breeze moving the fennel.

The areas in the background, out of focus, and often glowing, were also of interest like this patch of yellow leaves on a nearby bush.

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At least for the time being the following two images are my favourite fennel shots of today – they really speak to autumn, with many colours of decay and impending winter.

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Close up shots all taken with SMC Takumar 100mm f4.0 macro screw mount (m42) lens on a Canon EOS 5D MkII. The last two shots are with a Canon 50mm f1.4 lens.

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17 thoughts on “Fennel Fall

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  3. Thank you for the hyperlink…. yes, you are absolutely right! You got a collection of such styles. I’m feeling contented and completed seen this post. (Like you saw a great trailer and then you see even greater movie)

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    • Hi again Josy – I edited your two comments together to remove the boo boo. I really like that picture too – the colours are not what one sees when just looking at the bush, or at least I don’t.

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    • Hi Douglas – thanks a lot. I have been thinking that when taking autumn pictures it’s pretty hard to avoid some of the more well worn sentiment – feels like walking a fine line between cliche and interesting (and especially so since many of the cliche autumn photos are interesting.

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    • Thank you! A gardener friend I have would have yanked these suckers out several weeks ago, and missed out on these details. Maybe he would miss the details anyway, since he is more into painting a landscape with plants, rather than the wee things inhabiting them or the tiny landscapes of a single plant.

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