Patterned In Green.

I eagerly await the arrival of the false hellebore every Spring. This extremely toxic plant, with its deeply patterned leaves, is one of my favorite plants to photograph.

Close-up of the deep curves and waves of the false hellebore plant.

Patterned In Ice.

On my way home from a winter photo shoot I took a route I seldom travel. I’m very glad I did. As soon as I saw these wonderful patterns in the ice floes I couldn’t turn my car around quickly enough. In my excited haste, I then nearly tumbled down the snow-covered bank of the river as I searched for a good composition.

Intricate patterns are formed as the ice flows on the Bellamy River form a continuous sheet on the water's surface.

Patterns In The Flow.

This morning (May 10th, 2013) I found myself standing in the middle of the Mad River in Farmington, NH photographing a favorite waterfall. The long white streaking patterns on the waters surface were created by the bubbles on the water flowing towards the camera during the 30 second exposure.

Long exposure image of an unnamed waterfall on the Mad River, Farmington, NH

42 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

    1. Thank you! The hellebore is probably my favorite non-flowering Spring plant. Skunk cabbage is another good one too for these close-up type shots. Great patterns in the leaves.

    1. Thank you Cindy. It has taken me a while to find a composition I like from downstream. If you’ve really been paying attention over the last couple of years you’ve seen this waterfall several times. Always from above though.

      I think there is a Mad River everywhere. Heck, there’s more than one here in NH. But, I bet yours is just as pretty. You just need to give it time for it to show its good side. From where I took this shot, if I step to the right just one step, I can see my car parked on the road. From that road you would never know this falls is there. If it wasn’t for a bit of exploring for places closer to home to photograph I never would have found it.

      One of the really nice things about these waterfalls is that they aren’t named, few but the local fisherman probably even know it exists, and I know of only three other photographers that have been anywhere near it. And at least two of us like to keep its location “our little secret.” πŸ™‚

      1. I don’t blame you for wanting to keep that location a secret. Something that beautiful needs to stay protected. So, you were actually standing in the river weren’t you? I love how you will do anything to get different compositions and perspectives :).

        1. Well Cindy, I’m not one of “those” photographers who guards his locations like a state secret. But I don’t broadcast it to the world either.

          Yes, as a matter of fact I did get a little wet making this. I refer to this as my “crotch deep” composition πŸ™‚

            1. Not that it would have stopped me if it was πŸ˜‰ Sometimes you just have to “take one for the team” if you want a photograph that’s different from the rest.

                1. Someone stumbling upon me while I photograph might think I’m crazy. You should see the looks I get while standing waist deep photographing water lilies. πŸ˜›

    1. Thank you very much. One of the things I love about this plant is that with suck wonderful patterns and color, I could spend an hour photographing just one plant and come away with several good images.

  1. “… created by the bubbles on the water flowing towards the camera during the 30 second exposure…” very interesting! now the water is like a flat mirror!

    1. Yes, and I find it a bit surprising the number of people who think the flowing look created by nothing more than a long exposure is actually some kind of Photoshop trick.

  2. I knew you’d have some good ones Jeff! In a way I think the hellebore is the one that stands out most, but I love the river shot too.

    1. Thanks Sally. I’m not sure what’s “false” about it, but according to the link in the post, it is native to the eastern and western, but not central, U.S. So if you’re “central” you may not be fortunate enough to have this variety. Rest assured, I’ll be providing new images of this wonderful plant every Spring.

      1. I’ll look for it. I’m in the Northeast, and will have to become familiar with it. Hellebore is a sumptuous visual treat. I want to see the flower for your long and lovely leaves.l Thanks.

        1. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s found in the low, wet areas along streams. I used to think it was skunk cabbage, from a distance at least, until I started to photograph it. Never bothered with the flowers though. By the time the plant flowers, the leaves have flattened out quite a bit and lost most of the great wavy patterning that attracted me in the first place.

    1. Thank you! I thought that was so cool when I saw it. I had packed up my camera for the day and was heading home. What made me take the route I did will always be a mystery to me. Very glad I did though!

  3. Three true beauties here, Jeff, wonderfully captured and presented. How can one not love the fabulous opportunities that a new spring brings?

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