Photo of the Week #47 - Autumn's last flower

November 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Photo of the Week is posted every Monday.  Each photo aims to document the things I've seen, places I've been and all sorts of curious things I have encountered as I go about my daily activities.  Along with the photo I will provide some background and interesting facts about the image and some technical information as well.

 

 

The 2015 Fall Foliage season in New England was absolutely stunning!  The beautiful red, orange and yellow leaves transformed everyday scenery into wondrous and magical landscapes that this part of the country is known for.  The peak colors lasted a couple of weeks but Mother Nature's dramatic painting fell prey to storms which brought wind and rain that stripped the leaves from the trees.  In just a few days time, sunny blue skies gave way to bare naked trees surrounded by a dreary backdrop of gray overcast clouds.  Temperatures have dropped and things are just looking downright bleak!

 

While walking my dog Lizzie on a cool afternoon, I was very surprised to see a pop of color further ahead near the sidewalk.  It turned out to be a small patch of flowers that were still in bloom!  The flower's bright pink and yellow colors radiated like a glimmer of hope, as if naively thinking it could hold back the oncoming winter season by continually showing off its exuberant petals.  I'm no expert in naming flowers but I think they are Chrysanthemums?  Leave a comment below if you know for sure what they are.  Fortunately I had my camera with me and was able to get this shot.  I adjusted my camera settings to focus on the flower and blur out the background elements by choosing a wide aperture of 2.8.  I don't know how much longer this flower can hang on but with the weather in New England being notoriously changeable, we could end up with 3 feet of snow tomorrow...

 

Equipment and Settings

Canon 40D
1/160 sec at f2.8, ISO 400
Canon 100mm f2.8 USM macro lens


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