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There are many weekends when I search the stores for nice looking floral specimens that have photographic potential. I try to keep working all through the winter months, attempting to stay in practice and keep whatever creative activity as a nature photographer I have in the forefront.

Sitting idle photographically during winter, it becomes harder to get into the swing of things when spring comes and new growth throughout the landscape shows its face.

I would imagine most nature photographers read, write and study on those cold days when the snow is piled high and the temperatures plummet. Some of us continue to find something interesting to explore in their viewfinders.

Oncidium Mendenhall Hildos Orchid

Oncidium Mendenhall Hildos Orchid 11x17 Giclee Print

So, anyway, I was in a flower shop and saw some exotic orchids that looked pretty interesting. Most of the time, you get to choose between a colorful Dendrobium and a choice Phalaenopsis.

Today, Cheryl, a master gardener and florist, introduced me to two new orchids I hadn’t seen before.  First, was a bright creamy yellow Brassia Verrucosa. They were spider like with long slender petals. Clustered blossoms were spread along a twenty inch stem.

The other orchid was an Oncidium hybrid called a Mendenhall Hildos. It had a single elongated flower with yellow-brown petals and three inch long antennae. This one had more of a flying alien appearance and it piqued my interest.

Cheryl the kind florist, offered to let me photograph the Oncidium. Excited, I raced back home and picked up my camera gear and returned in minutes.

It was busy in the store upon my return. Understandably, I did not seek to interfere with business but I wanted to use the occasion to photograph that Orchid.

Hybred Orchid Oncidium Hildos

Oncidium Hildos Hybred Orchid 11x17 Giclee Print

I had a small space against a bright glaring window about three feet from the glass. I put up a black piece of poster board for a backdrop and began to find a workable composition with the natural bright light. With only fifteen to twenty minutes to work with I acted fast.

It was almost like working as a photojournalist again. Think fast, know your equipment, previsualize and go for it.

With set up and six exposures I was dismantling on that twenty minute sweep of the hand on her clock.

It was an opportunity and challenge I had to take. It was fun. Best of all I made a new friend added another image to my portfolio and furthered the possibility of another photo session.

Next time I will hope for thirty minutes and see how that goes. The idea is to just keep practicing with every prospect.

Photographs used in this post are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any manner is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. My image catalog can be viewed at http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com. You can contact me through this blog or through email at: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com

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I was looking down working on a set of ice pond abstracts trying to figure out how to approach this subject with my camera. I was up early, the morning light was good and it wasn’t very cold.  I searched for the design and compositional elements featuring close up conceptual images to come to me.

Nothing here, nothing there, I kept on walking around a five acre puddle laden parking lot. Head down, I scanned a dozen sheets of thin cracked ice. I felt frustrated. There had to be something worthwhile here.

nature abstract pond ice

Pond Ice 2 - 11x17 Giclee Print

Where was that Zen moment I needed? I know from experience if I am open, images will show themselves and allow my camera to capture their essence. Don’t rush this I thought. Breathe. Enjoy the space. The day is good.

I changed to a macro lens and did another turn around the lot looking deeper. Finally, some air bubbles beneath a delicate slip of ice caught my eye and while down on my knees I made a few exposures. A glance to the left and more possibilities appeared. Circles and lines with slight gradients of grey blue color began to stand out.

OK, this is better I thought. Keep up the observation.

Suddenly a piercing cry from the sky drew my attention. Looking up I saw two bald eagles. www.birdweb.org . They danced in the bright blue Montana sky playing tag on the wind. Circling each other, one flipped over and they locked talons, free falling several feet before they leveled off and continued their course south toward the Spanish Peaks and the Madison mountain range across the valley.

Nature abstract pond ice

Pond Ice 6 - 11x17 Giclee Print

I stood with an adrenalin rush awed by the wild sight I had just witnessed. I felt humbled by the rare event. It had me mesmerized with a broad grin until they flew off in the distance their white heads and tails disappearing, blending into the snowcapped peaks on the horizon.

What an honor!

These few momentous seconds gave me my nature connection. In an instant I felt centered. The spirits had touched me.

Returning to my down to earth visual task of pond ice photographs the invigorating experience refocused my awareness. New images began to flow. Now, those air bubble circles, icy streaks and muddy textures joined in my viewfinder all on their own. I became the conduit that tripped the shutter.

nature abstract pond ice

Pond Ice 5 - 11x17 Giclee Print

A successful morning effort added several new images to my nature abstract collection. I left the parking lot feeling high.

Two days later I was contacted by an online gallery with an invitation to join their selective artist’s family, www.discoveredartists.com.  They reviewed work from my web site and asked me to submit nature abstracts to market and feature on their site. My reward was complete.

The positive effects of being open and making an effort to pursue my art continues to drive my creativity and strengthen my beliefs.

Related posts of interest:

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/winter-hunt-on-peach-street/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/final-fall-visuals-to-keep-the-focus-on-creative-photography/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/11/11/no-fall-color-only-seed-pods-to-photograph/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/seeing-with-a-beginners-mind/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/water-speaking-water/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/07/19/winter-windows/

https://myphotovisions.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/river-shaman/

Photographs used in this post are copyrighted by Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any manner is prohibited without the written permission of Wayne Scherr, Range of Vision Photography. My image catalog can be viewed at http://www.rangeofvisionphotos.com. You can contact me through this blog or through email at: wayne@rangeofvisionphotos.com

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