Easter Chicks

This is the story of a bunch of chicks playing in flowers.  Does it really get any better than that?

On the Friday before Easter, one of my besties called me to let me know that he was headed my way with a box full of chicks.  By the time he arrived it was later afternoon and I was already loosing the light since I wanted to use my 100mm macro lens at close range but I was determined to make the most of the opportunity.  The next afternoon his girlfriend and I were out on her porch putting chicks into a large planter filled with pansies.

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We grabbed the smallest two and placed them gently in among the flowers.    There are actually two chicks in this photo – the one in focus on the right side and another standing on the edge of the planter behind her head past the yellow pansy.

I was immediately fascinated by the fun that can be had with perspective when tiny flowers are bigger than your subjects.

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I’m scared myself a little bit here.  I call the one above “Clever Girl” after a certain scene in Jurassic Park that I’d rather not talk about.   There is something very dinosaur like about chickens though – it is showcased nicely in this photograph.

There were lots more photos to take, but I had to take one more of the littlest babies – I just had to give this chick a purple pansy hat.   The wind with blowing the flowers back and forth quite a bit so I had a friend help to keep the flower in position.

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I call this one my “Fashionista”.    She seems to wear the flower so effortlessly.

Culture and Cocktails: Festival of Flowers at the Springfield Museums

Recently a friend invited me to attend a “Culture and Cocktails” event at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, MA.  The theme of the event was “Festival of Flowers” – varying local florists created arrangements to represent works within the museums.  Totally up my alley!  I brought my camera along but tried not to focus on it too much as I wanted to live in the moment with my two friends and sometimes I can get a bit lost in macro-land.

I wish that I’d gotten more shots of the arrangements with their inspiration, but I was shooting with my 100mm macro lens in a confined space with people on all sides – I had to discard many shots because somebody who walk into the frame last moment.

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Still, it was a worth while endeavor to walk around a museum (trying to keep out of site of their scary T-Rex statue TBH because I’m still a kid at heart and that shit is scary) and smell flowers at every turn.  The arrangements were at times abstract and at others very concrete, it was great to see how different artists interpreted the assignment.  The above was in the Natural History museum – I was in love with the tiny bees.

Because really?  What do I like more than photographing bees in flowers?

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Until there were bees out in the wild, this guy was going to have to do!

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The other fun part of the visit was the varying performances going on – these girls were dancing to music from the Nutcracker (a bit off season but whatevs I guess) in a room full of Greek statues.

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Here I was going back photographing one of my favorite flowers – the tulip.  Again, until I start to see them outside, this will have to do.

And lastly we found this AMAZING sculpture made up of all sorts of succulents and air plants.  I was so fascinated with photographing it that I was almost unaware of my two friends photographing me…almost.  I managed to catch each out of focus in the background as they tried to sneakily catch me with their cameras.  It is a special memento of the night.

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St. Brigid’s Cemetery in the snow

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I know this is a bit late – it was a slow Winter.   I’m not a fan of the brown nothingness that is New England when there isn’t snow on the ground.  There were a few highlights – on this particular afternoon I went for a walk one warm misty morning.

You might recognize two of my favorite girls.

I’ve been visited the cemetery weekly all Spring – I love watching all of the little changes that happen throughout the year.  The things we leave behind change over time – do most people notice these kinds of things?