This day was a windy, cold and very overcast but the blooming trees in Brandon Park were no less beautiful to enjoy. It has been a very strange spring season in central Pennsylvania. From the first day of April we had almost two straight weeks of extremely warm temperatures here, compared to previous years.
Magnolia trees and azaleas bloomed way ahead of their usual “schedule”, only to have their blossoms immediately fall to the ground during this quick cold snap. Tulips bloomed at the same time as daffodils, but the tulip flowers are mostly closed up now and they are showing signs of frost damage.
I was planning to shoot a lot of macro photographs of spring blossoms and flowers today, but 20 mph winds have made that impossible. Hopefully, we will see a nice day again, before the gorgeous signs of spring have faded away.
Brandon Park is a local city park, located between Packer and Market Streets, in the heart of my town, Williamsport, PA, USA.
This photograph was captured today, April 17, 2010, with a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens on a Canon EOS 10D DSLR body. The aperture was f/8, shutter speed 1/125th sec at the 25mm focal length, ISO 100. A Manfrotto 550C tripod was used with a Manfrotto 222 “Pistol Grip” ball head.
© 2010 Gene Walls
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