Posts in Category: forest

path in the fall forest…

What makes fall fall is not only the color of the maple and oak leaves, it is the feel and texture of them underfoot…the carpet. Not so good when it covers your lawn, but it certainly gives the fall forest its character. Sony a6500 with 18mm equivalent ultra wide combo lens set. Program mode with auto HDR. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine.

Fall forest wall

It takes a while for fall to work its way through a forest, and it always starts at the outside edge, where colder air reaches ground level. That produces some beautiful tapestries of color. This shot is on Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge land along Route 9 near the Mousam River bridge in Kennebunk Maine. Sony Rx10iv sweep panorama in portrait mode at 24mm equivalent. +1 EV (necessary on this camera in panorama mode.) Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. Nominal exposure ISO 100 @ f6.3 @ 1/250th.

More fall woods…

Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA. I try to remember to do at a least a few vertical framings on every outing, just for the difference in perspective. This is a shot with the Sony a6500 and the 18mm equivalent ultra-wide combo lens (16mm f2.8 plus Ultra Wide converter). Program mode with HDR. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

I don’t know where to look…

Fall is passing rapidly in Maine…I think the last of the maple leaves came off the trees in our yard during the storm on Friday, but we are still at the point where there the forests and wooded neighborhoods are alive with color. So much beauty. I don’t know where to look. 🙂 That might be the theme of this photo as well. I am sometimes accused of taking photos of nothing…or photos with no “center of interest”…but the truth is, I like photos where the photo itself is the center of interest…not photos of some “thing” but photos that attempt present the scene as it is seen…with all the clutter, color, texture, detail that fascinate the eye…or at least my eyes. This is a scene from the woods at Laudholm Farms, in Wells, Maine, along the trail at the south edge of the property. Sony a6500 with the 18mm equivalent ultra-wide lens combo. Program mode with HDR. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

More of Maine Autumn

We are into our second day of pretty constant rain here in southern Maine…and we certainly need the rain. I went to Emmon’s Preserve on the Baston river in Kennebunkport, Maine, to see about some fall foliage shots with running water…but there was, for the first time in my memory, no water running down the ledges between the pools on the river. That is low water! You can see the standing water mark on the bolder, and the high water mark. Way low. Still, the pools were beautiful with the fall leaves. Sony a6500 with the 18mm equivalent ultra-wide combo. Program mode with HDR. Nominal exposure: ISO 100 @ f7.1 @ 1/100th. -1EV in an attempt to hold some detail in the overcast sky, and Program Shift for depth of field. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.


We have lost the sun this week as we move deeper into fall. We need the rain, so I am trying hard not to begrudge the light 🙂 You can see the sea mist coming up and inland at the end of this marshy isle where a little stream flows through. Highly atmospheric. Fallish indeed. Sony a6500 with 18mm equivalent ultrawide combo. HDR. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.

Tiger Swallowtail

I have been seeing Tiger Swallowtails in the forest for several weeks now, and not been able to get one to light long enough for a photo. I have pretty much stopped chasing them. Yesterday, this one was sipping minerals on Gravely Brook Road near Emmon’s Preserve in rural Kennebunkport. I have had success in similar situations in the past, so I stopped my ebike and, with patience, caught it several times in several different poses. Since we are here in Maine, at the northern edge of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail range, and the southern edge of the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail range, it is impossible for me to tell which it is. It might be possible for someone who really knows…but not for me. Canadian is supposed be, on average, smaller than Eastern…but with a single specimen size is hard to judge. All I know is that it is big and bright and beautiful! Sony RX10iv at 1200mm equivalent (600 optical plus 2x Clear Image Zoom). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr.

Pink Lady Slipper Orchid in the sun

As I mentioned in my previous Lady Slipper post, I do know of a few scattered and more isolated areas where the Pink Lady Slipper blooms here in Southern Maine, besides the reliable clumps along the trail at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquaters. There are always a few along the edge of the pond on the Kennebunk Plains…and these are the only ones I know of that are growing in full sun (at least part of the day). This an in-camera HDR shot with the Sony Ultra Wide, 18mm equivalent lens on the Sony a5100…and it puts the Lady Slipper in context. The flower is about 8 inches from my lens, and I used selective focus to focus on it, but the extreme depth of field of the ultra wide renders a scene rich in texture and detail. It would make an excellent 16×20 print to dominate a wall! Processed in Polarr.

Pink Lady Slipper, first of season

Yesterday I biked down to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters trail to check on the Pink Lady Slipper orchids, which were just budding out the middle of last week, several weeks late. There is a large patch on the inside (land side) of the trail right behind the buildings, and there is a small patch below one of the overlooks where they maintain an opening onto the marsh view. The ones on the inside were still in bud, but at least two of the flowers on the sunnier marsh side had opened. There are more to come, clearly, in both spots and if we get a few warm days here they will all be open. The first blooms to open this year are pale compared to other years. Only time will tell if that is the trend this year, or just characteristic of the early bloom. The Lady Slippers are wonderful, ornate, delicate blooms…endangered due to habitat loss, and protected. I know of a few other more isolated spots where they bloom in the area, but the ones along the headquarters trail are certainly the most reliable and accessible. Sony RX10iv at 365mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.

Fall fungus in the forest…

Fall has produced an abundant crop of interesting scale fungi on the fallen limbs at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. There is a beauty in the patterns and the shapes, at least to my eye. Sony RX10iv at 489mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr.