Crop the Shot | See A Lot

When trees and shrubs are in bloom, I appreciate the big picture. Then, I zoom in to pay attention to the individual blooms. Finally, I love to find magic during post-editing as more details are extracted through thoughtfully-done cropping.

Blossoms create wondrous cycles of white along the wetland edge as various trees and shrubs take turns blooming. May is the month Red Osier and Pacific Ninebark compete with each other… both produce delicate, compound flowers.

Light from late afternoon sun accentuates the intricate beauty of both plants. The following collection of cropped photos show off details found in each flower. The first set is Red Osier, the second set, Pacific Ninebark.

Red Osier

Cornus sericea, syn. C. stoloniferaSwida sericeared osier or red-osier dogwood,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae, native throughout northern and western North America from Alaska east to Newfoundland, south to Durango and Nuevo León in the west, and Illinois and Virginia in the east.

In the wild, it commonly grows in areas of damp soil, such as wetlands. It is a medium to tall deciduous shrub, growing 1.5–4 m tall and 3–5 m wide, spreading readily by underground stolons to form dense thickets. The branches and twigs are dark red, although wild plants may lack this coloration in shaded areas. The leaves are opposite, 5–12 cm long and 2.5–6 cm broad, with an ovate to oblong shape and an entire margin; they are dark green above and glaucous below; fall color is commonly bright red to purple. The flowers are small (5–10 mm diameter), dull white, in clusters 3–6 cm diameter. The fruit is a globose white berry 5–9 mm diameter.

(Cut from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornus_sericea )

Cropping a photo often provides an opportunity to appreciate small details that could be easily overlooked otherwise. I saw the ladybug pop up out of the florets when I was shooting the following photo. It wasn’t until post-editing and cropping that the tiny insect gained importance in the image.

I can guess, after cropping the next photo that this honey bee was probably on the last pollen collection mission of the day. Look how full its pollen baskets are!

Pacific Ninebark

Physocarpus capitatus, commonly called Pacific ninebark or tall ninebark, is a species of Physocarpus native to western North America from southern Alaska east to Montana and Utah, and south to southern California.The bark is flaky and peels away in many layers.

It is a dense deciduous shrub growing to 1–2.5 metres (3 ft 3 in–8 ft 2 in) tall. The name comes from the appearance of the bark, which is flaky, peeling away in many layers. The shrub has distinctive maple-like lobed leaves 3–14 centimetres (1.2–5.5 in) long and broad, and clusters of small white flowers with five petals and numerous red-tipped stamens. The unique fruit is an inflated glossy red pod which turns dry and brown and then splits open to release seeds.

It is often found in wetlands, but also forms thickets along rivers and in moist forest habitats. It grows most robustly in wet environments.

(Cut from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physocarpus_capitatus )

Look at this magic! I used the late afternoon, low in the sky, sun to backlight this Ninebark plant’s leaf veins and blossom. Cropping this photo accentuates all the details. Can you imagine a sphere like this one illuminating a fairyland ballroom gala?

When the sun went behind the clouds, the glowing qualities were muted. However, I am again drawn to the minute details cropping out one blossom helps me to fully appreciate.


Submitted for the Lens-Artist photo challenge #96 |Cropping the Shot

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