Spring 2017: Polychromatic encounters

Yeah, I know… I skipped last Autumn report, shame on me. But Spring pictures can’t really be left out for no reason! It’s definitely my favourite season for photography.
One could be led to think that it’s an easy street: with all these macro subjects and colors you just have to point your lens against your subject in the right way and you’ll likely end with plenty of good shots.

But that’s not really the case: there are very few hours of “good” light and usually, during this time, you have to struggle against the wind and the ever changing light… or  weather conditions!

But sometimes you can turn these conditions to your advantage… like in this case:

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There aren’t are many animals in my photography. The fact is they usually need to be attracted with baits and I don’t like this, I prefer to bump into my subject and take time to compose the photo the way I want. But anyway finally I was so lucky to take a picture of a frog of which I’m quite happy with:

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Flowers

This Spring I’ve had the chance to photograph some flowers which I hadn’t already photgraphed, at least not in the way that i wanted to, for example, daffodils which were (strangely?) among the first flowers that started to pop out on March:

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Then it was time for crocuses, snowdrops and two-leaf squill (Scilla bifolia) which celebrate the passage from Winter to Spring:

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I don’t forget to pay attention to common species like anemones and muscari:

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Unfortunaly the Hepatica nobilis, another main character of Spring, is not present over the Aurunci mountains so I had to take a trip to the Apennine mountains to meet these beauties for the first time in my life:

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Insects

I haven’t taken so many insect shots during this season. But I’m quite happy with these cricket, owly sulphur (Libelloides sp.) and six-spot burnet (Zygaena sp.) shots:

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Wild orchids

This year I’ve chosen to focus a little bit more on wild orchids. Luckily the Aurunci mountains are filled with different species of wild orchids.  In addition to Orchis purpurea, Orchis italica, Anacamptis morio, Anacamptis pyramidalis, Ophrys apifera and Ophrys holosericea, this year I’ve also taken photos of the Orchis mascula and Ophrys crabronifera:

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It’s also the first time that I saw and photographed a Lady’s-slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus). Although I prefer to build a deep knowledge relationship with the usual rather than go hunting for rare subjects, this year I’ve been thrilled to get acquainted with this discreet lady of the woods and this is the result of a first approach.

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I think there are more than one personal favourite among these shots and some of them will become part of my homepage portfolio

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