December dew

More unseasonable warmth.  Not that I’m complaining—it worries me seriously, but complaining almost never gets anything changed and it certainly would not in this case.  Other bloggers have reported heavy frost and snow, but none of that here.  In fact, it’s supposed to go up to 70°F (21°C) this afternoon.  We are in desperate need of precipita-tion, so every little bit of moisture is most welcome.  And this morning there was beautiful, heavy dew.  If it had been colder, it would have produced magnificent frost, but the millions of droplets clinging to the junipers and the fallen oak leaves that have become lodged in their branches and in the disintegrating blossoms of the snowball hydrangea were well worth close, early-morning study, as the golden rays of the sun lit them warmly from its low angle.  A fine start to Sunday.

Oak leaf in juniper 5631

Oak leaf in juniper 5624

Dewy juniper 5627

Snowball hydrangea 5622

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21 Responses to December dew

  1. wolke205 says:

    Ich wünsche Dir und Deinen Lieben eine besinnliche Adventszeit :) Hach, ich wünschte es wäre hier auch ein wenig wärmer.. 21 Grad wären für mich das Paradies :D Liebe Grüße

    • krikitarts says:

      Ich weiβ noch ganz genau, wie Deutschland im Spätherbst sein kann. Die Sonne läβt sich kaum blicken. Aber dann kommen Familie und Freunde zur Rettung. Von uns auch, viele liebe Grüβe, Frauke!

  2. seekraz says:

    Beautiful, Gary…and yes, a wonderful way to start Sunday!

    • krikitarts says:

      It sure was, Scott. It didn’t quite reach 70, but it was very close. The dew was completely gone within a couple of hours. It sure pays to get out there early–as you very well know!

      • seekraz says:

        Yes, indeed…love those early mornings…everyone else is missing so much…but I’m kind of glad that I (we) have the time alone at that hour.

  3. zannyro says:

    Beautiful shots!! Sounds like we’re in the same boat…we’re too warm and too dry…and it worries me also…afraid we’ll have a LOT of dead trees next spring :(

    • krikitarts says:

      It is truly cause for concern. I have no time for those who purport that the weird weather we’ve been seeing can be rationalized as statistically normal aberrations. We have impacted the global ecosystem far more than the nay-sayers will let themselves acknowledge.

  4. Meanderer says:

    What a wonderful combination of water droplets and fiery colour!

    • krikitarts says:

      The light really was quite wonderful for the half-hour that I devoted to basking in it. It’s so much fun to immerse oneself in the magic of macro, and this was just such an opportunity.

  5. Such beautiful colors and light. Strange weather. We’re experiencing it here in PA, too. Upper 60s predicted for tomorrow.

  6. RobynG says:

    Very nice images. I really like the lighting. Robyn

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Robyn, the light was changing quite rapidly as the sun rose higher in the sky, as it was filtering through many trees on the low eastern horizon. I didn’t have much time, but that’s part of the challenge.

  7. Adrian Lewis says:

    Nice pictures, Gary, especially the top one! Adrian

  8. krikitarts says:

    It was very nice, for a little while, but we need lots more, and soon!

  9. MikeP says:

    Still waiting for my frost… as where you are temps are still too warm. Great set to get my expectations going.

  10. Jeff Sinon says:

    Well done Gary, that first one is my favorite. so well lit. Love it.

  11. victoriaaphotography says:

    Beautiful images, Gary,
    Especially the bokeh in that second shot – just magical.

  12. krikitarts says:

    How kind of you to say so! I bracketed apertures at about six different settings to see which one appealed to me the most: My ISO was set at 100 for maximum detail and I shot it at 1/320 second at f/9 and a focal length of 105 mm. I was hoping to be able to capture these bejeweled rainbow refractions.

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