Mar 8, 2011

Wildlife Sanctuary Hall's Pond

Globe Thistle was created in August 2005. It was part of my project to capture the beauty of Wildlife Sanctuary Hall's Pond in Brookline through a whole year. I went to the sanctuary at least once a week to document the changes within each season. Hall's Pond is an amazing place that provides diverse flora and fauna in the middle of the city. On this summer morning I got up early to visit the pond; Great Blue Heron was in his usual spot, so was a Black Crowned Night Heron. A Cormorant was on the hunt for its breakfast and red winged blackbirds were singing along. I walked along the boardwalk enjoying the place all to myself and at my final stop in the formal garden I discovered the globe thistles in full bloom. My goal was to create a floral abstract where some of the flowers were in focus while the remaining ones fell out of focus. I zoomed in close on the flowers and set a large enough aperture to provide me with the desired depth of field. The overcast sky provided perfect lighting conditions that combined with a polarizing filter saturated colors and eliminated any distracting glare. The globe thistle photograph is one of my favorite photos from this project because of its abstract quality and freshness.

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