Daily Archives: April 14, 2021

Maple Fowers. 2021 edition

Maple Blossom, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — it is that time of year again, and you are going to have to endure a few maple blossom shots 🙂 These tiny flowers form on the very tips of the maple twigs wherever there are maples. I actually met a researcher at the Wells Estuarine Research Reserve the other way who is doing a year’s long study of the flowering of maples on the Reserve. My study is less formal, but I rarely, if ever, miss photographing the blooms when they are at their best. Our yard is full of big maples and a few of them have drooping branches that put the flowers within reach. Take note of the complex structure of the flower, and how the burst out of the buds that you first see on the branches. The flowers are indeed tiny. Depending on what device you are viewing the photo on you are probably seeing the flowers at twice life size, as you would view them from less than arm’s length. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent (with a bit of Clear Image Zoom added so maybe 800mm equivalent). Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. It was an overcast morning so the light was somewhat flat…not bad for close up photography.