01 November 2011


It doesn't work.
The focus is off, just for starters -- just too far back, so that front leaf is a bit out of focus and that really doesn't help -- and there isn't any kind of real isolating angle (one can only do so much with DOF, and I'm lawful enough to Stay On The Path) and the camera can't really see like eyes, so while the purple isn't, surprisingly enough to me, all that far off, there's not enough wide for the whole sudden disjunction of the strange purple forb between the yet-green and the already-entirely leafless bits of bushy plants, there's no way to get the whole "whups, Faƫrie" sense of the thing out of the screen.

Which is a great pity; despite labouring under the disadvantages of manicured lawns, far too much paving, an appalling excess of dogs, and very traditional formal gardens, High Park retains some memory of the oak savanna and the edges of Lake Iroquois, and such moments are, if not easy to come by, not shocking for their existence.


Genevieve la flechiere said...

Well, I think it's glorious. My taste for purple has moderated in favour of shades of red, but it's hard to resist this image.
May I use it as a screen image pls?
Fall colours in Ont were not as inspiring as hoped for last month...

Graydon said...


What resolution is your screen?

Fall is only just now, in mid-November, actually seriously happening in the vicinity of Toronto, and the day-length-turners and the temperature-turners have been totally out of whack with one another; it's been totally surreal seeing green sugar maple next to fully turned oak trees.

Genevieve la flechiere said...

1024x768, acc to the properties tab.

Graydon said...

Oh, hey, then I don't need to give you a bigger one -- the posted version is 1206x800 (because the sensor isn't quite 3:2) and you can crop that down a bit no problem.