I was out the morning after a thunderstorm a few days ago. Here are a few things I can report seeing:

Figure 1. Brick. La Verghetta Center, Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

Yep, it’s like an elementary exercise in photography, but I really, really like the texture of these bricks (figure 1). If only I had been able to take a few shots of the fantastic bricks we had in the exterior of our duplex in Omaha!

Figure 2. Maple leaves still wet from storm. La Verghetta Center, Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

These maple leaves (figure 2) would have turned out better had I brought my polarizer, I think, to reduce the reflection. Still, I like the bright, saturated greens, which have not been adjusted by me.

Figure 3. Tree trunk. La Verghetta Center, Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

The lichen and moss, saturated with storm water and green color thanks to that water, caught my eye, but I stayed for the really interesting play of reds and golds where the bark has peeled away (figure 3).

Figure 4. Grass in crotch of tree. La Verghetta Center, Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

But looking up from the bark in figure 3, I saw this cheeky little tuft of grass growing in the crotch of the same tree (figure 4). I think we may thank some bird’s toileting habits for the transport of the seed up there. It was maybe 5-10 feet above my reach.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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