Two Views of One February Day

Two photographs just a few moments apart, early February. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Two photographs just a few moments apart, early February. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

February is a time of contrasts in south Louisiana. Spring is beginning to hint that it’s about to be upon us; at the same time, it was 26 degrees last night and the devastation is everywhere evident on our 2 acres.

These two photographs are good examples of this contrast. Taken just a few moments apart, I have the first blossoms on one of my cherry trees today. This tree, even though heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, is always the first to bloom, and the first plant to burst forth each year in our yard.

Cherry blossoms in early February. Canon 50mm macro, 1/2000th sec @f2.5, ISO 800. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Cherry blossoms in early February. Canon 50mm macro, 1/2000th sec @f2.5, ISO 800. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Then there are the remains of last summer’s banana plants. We brought some roots over from New Orleans over 20 years ago, and they never thrive sufficiently to produce fruit (which we used to get in the city). But they’re vibrant and beautiful and fun to have around in the summer. But what a cycle! Every year, beautiful green succulent summer plant, followed most assuredly by a complete die-off with the first freeze of winter. But aren’t they great when they’re dead? I love to explore the sculptural remains with my camera once all the life is drained out of them.

Dead banana plant leaves, early February. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th sec @f9, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Dead banana plant leaves, early February. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th sec @f9, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

So a study in contrasts today. All in the space of a few moments.

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4 Comments on "Two Views of One February Day"

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  1. Rachel says:

    I’ll be honest, I just scanned the pics (I saw the 2nd pic first then the 3rd) immediately and observed it was a very good contrast… then read the post and it was indeed about contrast.

    The dead Banana plant leaves actually look like a old human skin…that’s what happens when the cells are not alive/healthy anymore. So, is everything alive ‘wrinkles’, if that’s so, then Earth will ‘wrinkle’ too…time makes this possible and we humans definitely hasten this process.

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  2. Thanks for your thoughts, Rachel. Things with age and ‘character’ attract me as a photographer more than the fresh and new.

  3. Taylor Timms says:

    The dead banana peel is very intriguing. I mean it looks like you took a picture with a microscope. Very good camera.

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