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Spring Comes to Sonoma County

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 3 March 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Yesterday, I drove up to Sonoma County with a friend with the intention of photographing the mustards in the vineyards. We left at the crack of dawn in hopes of catching the sunrise over the mustards. It wasn't to be. Another totally overcast day. So, in hopes of getting an interesting perspective incorporating the geometry of the vineyards, we drove up and down highway 12 and highway 29. At one stop, as we walked into the vineyards, I noticed a lovely patch of little wildflowers and stooped down to try some macro shots. Well, what should appear, but these two ladybugs celebrating spring!

This was my best shot of the day, and maybe the only keeper. Once again, the best shot turned out to be one that I had not previsualized at all. We need to stay open to surprises and what reveals itself when we slow down and look around. I was delighted to see this. It does remind me that in spite of today's drenching rain (again!), spring is really just around the corner.

NIKON D90 1/100 second F/6.3 ISO 500 135 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Very nice, Barbara! I'm planning to visit Sonoma this weekend with the same idea in mind. I sure hope the weather is better.

3 Mar 2010 5:29am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice selective focus. Pleasing colors.

3 Mar 2010 3:04pm

pixator from kerman, Iran

It is very cute!
love this.

3 Mar 2010 6:03pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

lovely nature at work! beautiful work from you as well! perfect focus to capture this detail and wonderful colours too!

4 Mar 2010 12:54am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Nice. Saw you on Jack's page and wanted to drop by. I'll be back.

4 Mar 2010 2:13am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

O happy bugs! Gorgeous colors in this!

4 Mar 2010 3:43am

1/100 second
ISO 500
135 mm (35mm equiv.)