Green: Theme Thursday

I had very specific requirements for this week’s challenge:

1) The photo should make me feel happy,
2) The photo should make me feel warmer, (as-in-spring-is-almost-here-can’t-you-feel-the-green-growing?)
3) The photo should be as impressive as a screensaver.  (Do you know the type of photo I mean?  Vibrant, hypnotic… unattainable)
Piece of cake, right?
::Sigh:::  Someday I will learn to lower my expectations.

On the upside, I did practice some of Miss Cari’s photography lessons this week.

I found a little red in it here:

F/5, 1/320, ISO 200

I put the red-shirted boy in  this one, but he was pleased as punch to be outside without a coat, mittens, or a hat.  Who cares what Mom’s doing over there, right?

Which photo do you prefer of the two here?  Gabe in focus, or the shrub with Gabe blurry?

F/1.8, 1/2000, ISO 800

F/1.8, 1/1600, ISO 800

Here I used the Rule of Thirds to line up that bamboo stalk.

F/2.2, 1/15, ISO 800

This one is just for fun.  Don’t you love water droplets on plants?  It may be considered cliche, but I don’t EVEN care.  Love. It.

F/2, 1/100, ISO 800

My favorites are these last two.  Technically there is very little green in these photos, but I caught them on the same jaunt as the pics above and I just love them.  Dark wood + delicate flower = happiness.

Which of the two below do you prefer, close up with less flowers, or more of the branch?

F/2.2, 1/100, ISO 800

F/2.2, 1/125, ISO 800

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know your opinions and suggestions!  And be sure to head over to Clan Donaldson for some green photography link-up lovin’.

(Hurray!  I didn’t mention the conclave, the papacy, or smoke of any color once this whole post!  … Aw, dang it!!! So close!  ;))  UPDATE: Habemus Papam!  Bienvenidos, Papa Francisco!


  1. More branch, but I’m a leg guy 😉

  2. 1. Blurry Gabe, just because it looks like a wayward branch is trying to pick his nose in the one where he’s in focus.
    2. The closeup of the flowers, because it is gorgeous and completely wallpaper-worthy.
    Actually all of these are.
    How do you have flowers already? Ridiculous!

  3. I like them both.
    They complete each other. ( OK, that came out a little too serious:))

  4. I love the water droplets best. “as the dew falls” and all of that goodness…

  5. I am with Cari on the pics, blurry kids are so sweet and remind me of the fleetingness of childhood (WAAHHH). And I LOVE the closeup of the flower, it’s actually the little knubs on the twig that stand out to me. I would absolutely love to send someone a nice letter with photo on a card.

    But in my opinion, the most screen saver worthy? The bamboo! The droplets, the color, the composition! Brava!

  6. Oooh, I admit I like them all. I think it would depend on my intended use for each which one I’d prefer.

    Your photos have made me happy today! So pretty and springlike.

  7. Love the water on the leaves. That one is my favorite! A close second is the few flowers on the branch. I can’t decide on the Gabe picture. I went back and forth looking at both of them and I like them just the same, I can’t pick!

  8. I like the one with Gabe blurry. c:

    And oh! what kind of lens do you have? I covet a 40mm f/1.4 lens!

  9. I love them all! That’s why I can never decide on which shots to post myself. I like the different angles and different focuses. So pretty!

  10. I love the bamboo…so lush! And the branch one (less flowers). I’m with Carrie on the blurry Gabe. Nice job on all of them.

  11. I love the water droplets. I like the focus Gabe. Just because he’s cute. 🙂

  12. I like the blurry Gabe, but a bug or caterpiller on the shurb would of been really neat you know, cause boys and bugs just go together. I like less branch with more flowers. =)