Some (Nominally) Autumn Photos

Introduction

Traditionally, in April and early May of each year, I make an effort to capture nature’s last hurrah – an omnibus of reds, yellows, and browns dappled across the landscape – before winter’s cool grip crushes the vibrancy of the preceding seasons with the bleakest skies of the year. This year, I tried the same thing. However, for a number of reasons, including a milder season than I was expecting, I haven’t been able to assemble a set of ten photos consisting entirely of stereotypical autumn colours. Instead, I have assembled a (mildly eclectic set) of ten photos which were nominally taken in autumn, but don’t necessarily reflect that in their collection of tones.

Welcome, then, to a collection of autumn photos, some of which are only here by virtue of the date on which they were taken.

The Photos

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Gold coloured maple leaves catching the sun at the Dunedin Botanical Gardens. Olympus E-300 with Olympus ZD 18-180 mm f/3.5-6.3. 1/400 s, f/8, ISO 400.
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Sunshine broke through the canopy and struck this patch of decaying leaves on a walkway in the Dunedin Botanical Gardens. Olympus E-300 with Olympus ZD 18-180 mm f/3.5-6.3. 1/250 s, f/6.3, ISO 400.
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Some low growing twigs in the Dunedin Botanical Gardens were the roost for this fantail’s short respite. Olympus E-300 with Olympus ZD 18-180 mm f/3.5-6.3. 1/50 s, f/6.3, ISO 1600.
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Fungi on a log in Dunedin’s Town Belt. Olympus E-1 with Olympus ZD 35 mm f/3.5 Macro. 2.5 s, f/22, ISO 100, tripod mounted with cable release.
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At the foot of a tree trunk in the Dunedin Town Belt, hidden by a few ferns, was this cluster of fungi. Olympus E-1 with Olympus ZD 35 mm f/3.5 Macro. 2.5 s, f/16, ISO 100, tripod mounted with cable release.
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Early morning sun streaming through a eucalyptus tree at Burns Lookout in Dunedin, highlighting the asynchronous colour change of foliage on the surrounding deciduous trees. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M.ZD 17 mm f/1.8. 1/1600 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
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Trees in the lower Dunedin Botanical Gardens picked out by a stream of sunshine on an otherwise overcast day. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus M.ZD 60 mm f/2.8 Macro. 1/8 s, f/4, ISO 250.
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This bellbird was moving back and forth on a crab apple tree branch, keeping a watchful eye on its surroundings. Or, maybe it was just annoyed I wasn’t using a Nikon. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus M.ZD PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 and MC-14 1.4x teleconverter. 1/500 s, f/4, ISO 400.
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A kereru perched in a rather sparse looking tree in Dunedin’s Northern Cemetery. Olympus E-1 with Olympus ZD 12-60 mm f/2.8-4. 1/1250 s, f/5.6, ISO 400.
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Blood dribbles down a flounder which was plucked from the bottom of Hoopers Inlet on the Otago Peninsula by this southern black-backed gull. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus M.ZD 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 II. 1/800 s, f/8, ISO 400.

The End

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