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Pictures for Pam, Day 76: Sweet Gum

Pictures for Pam, Day 76: Sweet Gum
(+3 insets!)

This morning I was surprised to find that it wasn't raining as forecasted but instead merely drizzling. With the sprinkles came a heavy fog and I had a peaceful, lovely hour+ of walking. I spent the time admiring the way the trees slowly became obscured by mist--it was so pretty. I also enjoyed hearing the honk of geese and the caw of crows which alerted me to look up and watch. The birds would slowly materialize overhead and then disappear into the mist again—so cool to see! The drizzle was heavy enough that by the time I stepped inside after my walk, my sweater and hat were drenched. They are sitting by our heater to dry during the day. (I also included an inset to show you what it was like this morning!)

Today I'm sharing a trio of pictures from our visit to San Anselmo. On our second hike, we wandered back through the streets of San Anselmo. This adventure gave me far too many subjects to photograph but perhaps that was a good thing. After all, I did come home with over 1400 pictures and that's probably quite enough, don't you think?! I was very lucky with the quality of pictures too, so I'll be posting images from our visit for a long while or until I shift to another project. For now, I'm having a great time going through the photos!

The main image and two insets show the seed pods of the American Sweetgum tree. I have been in love with these spiky balls ever since I discovered them some years ago. Oddly enough, I have no photos here on ipernity. I know I've taken pictures but somehow I've never processed any. That seems so crazy given how much I like their wonderful shapes. Well today I'm fixing that issue! My main image shows how ornament-like these cool seed pods are and showcases their cool shape and texture. The insets are bokeh-fests and also display the beautiful star-shaped leaves. In fact, I mistakenly thought these leaves belonged to Maple trees due to their similar appearance. It's only until you look closely and compare them that it becomes clear. Leaves that are much more star-shaped belong to the Sweetgum.

Pam, I looked to see if you had any pictures of Sweetgum pods but no, I guess you don't have any nearby or surely you could not resist their awesome shapes! However, I did see that your Datura Moonflower creates seed pods which are quite similar and your picture is just terrific. I sure do love the way you see the world, it's a delight to look through your pictures. I hope that you have been having a nice day with your husband and your canine children! Hugggggs from southern Oregon!

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55 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding series! Love the colors on the main photo!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
WOOOW! Absolutely stunning.!
Perfectly captured, composed and framed.
So sharp and crisp image.
Amazing work.
Love it.
Well done, Janet.
Have a great day.
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club



20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
A really beautiful series...
20 months ago.
LotharW club
Das ist eine wunderbare Serie!
20 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
The seed pods are fabulous and you have presented them beautifully accompanied by the lovely leaves!
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Biobauer club
20 months ago.
HelenaPF club
a splendid capture dear Janet as always!!!! Have a great and beautiful day in your Oregon so far of France! Big Hugs
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Like the brightnes and wonderful dark red colour.
20 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Belle composition, lumière et couleurs !
20 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Like a Christmas tree with its decorative balls and stars!*****
20 months ago.
 J. Gafarot
J. Gafarot club
Beautiful pictures !
20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Comme c'est joli... on croirait une image en 3D, beaucoup d'attrait pour les formes et les couleurs aussi, tellement superbe !+++++++
Bravo Janet.
20 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
Superbe composition!!
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
I'd never heard of these but they are very photogenic, as are the lovely coloured leaves. That is a beautiful pano through the misty rain.
20 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
very well done and presented...
20 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Einfach fantastisch !!!
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
These are new to me Janet.................but what a lovely photographic subject!

As usual, you've completely nailed the focus and depth of field. The fine detail is amazing. I love the beautiful red leaves as well.

The images in the PiPs as always, are a good as the main subject. I especially like the third PiP, which is beautifully atmospheric..!!
20 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
three stars *** for the three stars :-))
what a beautiful remnants of autumn
20 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
What a nice arrangement ! Love this, Janet !
20 months ago.
dgmphoto club
Lovely images and great use of depth of field with the insets
20 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful image, nicely composed and great dof.
20 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Superb series once again, Janet! I especially love the main photo...looks 3-D!
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Marvelous colors and shapes, Janet ! BEAUTIFUL images ************
20 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
20 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a very beautiful image Janet, the detail and focus are excellent, and I adore the colour. Well done my friend.
20 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
nice, and could even fit tomorrow into the HFF group (you are not shy with groups, obviously)
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to FarbFormFreude club
LOL you're right, it WOULD work...I forgot about the fact there is a fence! :D
20 months ago.
Chrissy club
Die sind ja wie kleine Sterne für den Weihnachtsbaum ★
einfach wunderschön
20 months ago.
 Ludmila Litvin
Ludmila Litvin club
Classy composition!
20 months ago.
polytropos club
Great shot! I like the second PIP with its amazing colours and light!
20 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
Que c'est joli ! Au début j'ai cru que c'étaient les décorations de Noël, accrochées à une branche d'une plante d'intérieur... La Nature me surprend toujours... Superbe photo, Janet !
20 months ago.
uwschu club
Sehr schöne Serie, solche Bäume kenne ich nicht. Sehen ja fantastisch aus in Form und Farbe
20 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
In France we make chocolate truffles that are blue and look like your little sea urchins, it's a delight! :o))) Now that I've seen your picture, I want to, but you can't find them everywhere, so I'll have to wait...... aaaarghhhhh ;o)) **hugssss**
20 months ago.
RHH club
Beautiful leaves and seed pods and a gorgeous photo. This tree, often planted in place of Elms that have died, has been voted the messiest suburban tree and some towns that originally encouraged planting them are now offering to remove them. Interesting that I was photographing something similar this morning, only I think it was Sycamore pods.

We had freezing fog this morning and it was incredible outside. The hoarfrost on those pods and on everything else was amazing as were the foggy landscapes. Supposed to have several more nights of the same. Can't wait to be done with the Joshua Tree NP photos and get to some of those I've taken around here.

Your landscape also reminds me of what I saw when out with the car this morning, except we have snow and all that frost. You have such a beautiful view from your home and I envy you that. We have woods in back but not much of a view. In fact, if I want to photograph the sunrise I have to get out beyond our yard because of the telephone/power lines that otherwise get in the way.

Haven't gotten out for my walk yet since we have our son home this morning, but am hoping the frost lasts long enough that I can get a walk and some photos early this afternoon. Did get a few photos this morning nd now that I've had my walk and another drive around I've taken about 200 photos.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
What a beautiful still life with red leaves and filigree seed pods. The seed capsules look like the decoration for a Christmas tree.
20 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful compo!
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo nature avec notes. Nicole.
20 months ago.
 Anton Cruz Carro
Anton Cruz Carro club
You have an innate ability to find beauty in spaces or simple objects. A sensitivity that I envy of women. I feel healthy envy.
20 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Très belle composition ! bravo ! ***********
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Another lovely series Janet, I especially like the wonderful composition and fascinating content in the main image,
20 months ago.
 Joe, Son of the Rock
Joe, Son of the Rock club
What a beautiful rich deep red colour of the leaf. The leaf also has a lovely texture, which is enhanced by the excellent lighting. All the best, Joe
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
une image très pure !!
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
Beautiful images.
I looked up the Sweet Gum Tree and found that it's branches are sought after for use as divining rods. So what did you find? ;-)
I like that foggy mood in your right inset, too.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Splendid macro and composition!
20 months ago.
micritter club
Fantastic composition, colors, details, light, shadows, and bokeh. In addition, being able to get all the components in focus at such a narrow depth of field is in itself an accomplishment..
20 months ago.
neira-Dan club
Merveilleuse prise et série
20 months ago.
Gudrun club
The seed pods look like spiky stars, all of your photos are lovely with ideal DoF! What a fascinating mood in the panorama, I guess I'd have stayed inside;-)
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
Marvellous Jane
20 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Wow! They are amazing! New to me too. They look like festive baubles or even pretty earrings! Again the PiP's are so lovely. I am always drawn to misty pictures for some reason. Maybe because they look so dreamy....what does that say about me, ha ha!!!
Have a great weekend Janet.
20 months ago.
 Meral Alkim
Meral Alkim
Fantastic image!
20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
I've not seen these before, although they are similar to other plants I've seen around here. I love the shape of the leaves and the colours are just great. As for your view with the fog/mist - wow. I can see why you could hear the birds cawing way before you could see them.
20 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
Attractive photo and Pip"s (and, lawd, what a landscape you get to look out over) ...

And it is surprising you have Sweet Gum trees near you as subjects; I thought they were a Mid-Atlantic and Southeast US species. The Sweetgums around the Chesapeake Bay region have leaves with 5 distinct pointed lobes, like a star ... and such a cool scientific name: "Liquidambar".

People complain about Sweetgum seedpods being messy, Sycamore too; but both are gorgeous hardwoods ... stuff falls from trees, it just does; people should get used to it if they want the benefits of having trees nearby. Little mentioned as messy, but maybe even worse, is Black Walnut: webworm webs, leaflets, leaf stems, and the walnuts themselves falling like little cannonballs from high branches -- don't park your car under a Black Walnut tree in the late Summer, or be prepared to call the Safelite windshield guys.
20 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Simple mais tellement beau
20 months ago.
 roeli bindels
roeli bindels
lovely capture !!!!
20 months ago.

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