I have been posting a series of images from the back patio highlighting my recent search for some colour amongst the gloom of a dreary December day. This post is in contrast to the others as it features drab winter colours and dying plants. This is a large fennel plant that we have tied up to allow the birds to finish off the seeds, and to get a bit of shelter too. I am feeling very pleased with the first image for its water-colour textures and winter feeling.
The title of this post, Fennel Fail, harkens back to an earlier one I did of this same plant that I called Fennel Fall that was bright with sparkling light. It makes an great contrast to these photos and really shows off the two ends of fall. Even so, in the earlier post there are strong hints of the onset of decay, especially in some of the last shots from that post.
Close up shots all taken with SMC Takumar 100mm f4.0 macro screw mount (m42) lens on a Canon EOS 5D MkII. The light was very poor and the tripod was visiting friends, so I shot at ISO 2000, usually at f4.0 and f5.6 with shutter speeds in the 1/125th to 1/250th range though some slower, some faster. Most of the pictures are quite heavily cropped.