Penning Photography: Blog http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Penning Photography matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:10:00 GMT Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:10:00 GMT http://penning.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v5/u707065528-o767362860-50.jpg Penning Photography: Blog http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog 79 120 Pink and Green http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pink-and-green Pink and Green-05101Pink and GreenSpring colors

Spring colors

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) blossoms spring trees http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pink-and-green Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:09:36 GMT
On Alert http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/on-alert On Alert-05094On AlertSissy, settled on top of my comfy chair, on alert.

Sissy, settled on top of my comfy chair, on alert. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Cat http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/on-alert Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:41:04 GMT
Branching Out http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/branching-out Branching Out-05113Branching OutBlossoms and new growth

Blossoms and new growth. 

The shades of pink against the green backdrop caught my eye. The tiny green branch shoots drew me in. 

Lovey. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/branching-out Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:33:02 GMT
Duck Diving http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/duck-diving Duck Diving-05165Duck DivingDiving for food in Washington Park

This pair of ducks were on a mission for food. 

The one as a lookout while the other would dive for food, wiggling it's feet to keep vertical while combing the shallow pond for tasty morsels in the mud below. 

I love the ripples of the water and the contrast between the white ducks and dark water. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Contrasts Ducks Pond Ripples Washington Park Water http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/duck-diving Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:08:14 GMT
Pastel Spring http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pastel-spring Pastel Spring-05173Pastel SpringFlowers in Washington Park

My first post here of 2017. 

Apt that it's a Spring flower photograph. 

I have new eyes to see with. The past year, I've struggled with what turned out to be fast growing cataracts. As of last week, I now have replacement lenses implanted in both eyes. I'm still getting used to being able to see without glasses for all but up close reading. I'm very grateful for the skilled surgeon and medical support staff. 

So here are some pastel flowers from Washington Park in Springfield, Illinois. Enjoy! I know I did and hope to keep enjoying my view of the world for many years to come. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Flowers http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/pastel-spring Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:45:32 GMT
Shadows and Sky http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/shadows-and-sky Shadows and Sky-50136RRShadows and SkyThe back lawn of the Church of the Cross, found at the end of Calhoun Street , on the banks of the May River in Bluffton, South Carolina. This grand Live Oak casts a shadow, and that sky is grand.

The back lawn of the Church of the Cross, found at the end of Calhoun Street , on the banks of the May River in Bluffton, South Carolina. This grand Live Oak casts a shadow, and that sky is grand. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Bluffton, SC Church of the Cross Landscape Live Oak Sky Sky & Clouds Sunset Trees http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/shadows-and-sky Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:19 GMT
Full Moon http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/full-moon Full Moon-50309-2Full MoonFull Moon as seen from a "Scenic view as preserved by the townspeople of Beaufort, South Carolina"

Full Moon as seen from a "Scenic view as preserved by the townspeople of Beaufort, South Carolina" A dead end street that opens to the marshlands of the May River. Another most unexpected and delightful nature viewing spot, prized over land development. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Beaufort Moon http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/full-moon Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:13:08 GMT
Marsh Sky http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/marsh-sky Marsh Sky-50182Marsh SkyHigh tide marsh waters reflect the varied sky above Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, outside of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

High tide marsh waters reflect the varied sky above Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, outside of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Landscape National WIldlife Refuge Pinckney Island Sky Sky & Clouds Trees Water http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/marsh-sky Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:41:36 GMT
Good Day Sunshine http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/good-day-sunshine Good Day Sunshine-59770-2Good Day SunshineSun rise from Hilton Head Island in South Carolina on a warm November morning. A dog and its owner walk along the wave-crashing shoreline.

Sun rise from Hilton Head Island in South Carolina on a warm November morning. A dog and its owner walk along the wave-crashing shoreline. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Clouds Hilton Head Island Landscape Sky & Clouds Sun Sunrise Water http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/good-day-sunshine Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:15:45 GMT
Shady Spot http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/shady-spot Shady Spot-Shady SpotThe front yard of this modest house in Bluffton, South Carolina stands in the shade of Live Oaks that are covered with Spanish Moss.

The front yard of this modest house in Bluffton, South Carolina stands in the shade of Live Oaks that are covered with Spanish Moss. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Bluffton Brick Fence Live Oaks Oak Old South South Carolina Spanish Moss http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/shady-spot Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:45:21 GMT
Hunters http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/hunters Hunters-59930HuntersA shrimp boat and a hawk, both on the hunt in the Atlantic Ocean off of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A hawk and a shrimp boat. Both in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) . Atlantic Hawk Hilton Head Island Ocean Raptor Shrimp Boat http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/hunters Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:54:59 GMT
Under The Sunshine http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/under-the-sunshine Under The Sunshine-59240HEEUnder The SunshineBehind the Peonies, the bright sunshine makes the petals and leaves glow. The last flowers of Autumn face the sun, engines of energy conversion and delights for the eye.

Behind the Peonies, the bright sunshine makes the petals and leaves glow. The last flowers of Autumn face the sun, engines of energy conversion and delights for the eye. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Flower Glow Peony Petals Shadows Sun Sunshine http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/under-the-sunshine Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:12:14 GMT
Gate http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/gate Gate-6108GateA farm gate stands to recall the years of crops that have passed through. A farmer's work, hopes and reaping etched on the fence-post.

A farm gate stands to recall the years of crops that have passed through. A farmer's work, hopes and reaping etched on the fence-post. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Clouds Farm Fence Field Landscape Sky Sky & Clouds http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/gate Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:38:08 GMT
Light and Leaves http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/light-and-leaves Light and Leaves-59098Light and LeavesLight and Leaves - Shadows and light put the spotlight on water drops and colorful leaves.

The up close world of a pointed purple flower surrounded by green leaves that are glowing in the mid-day sun. Water drops nestle in-between the spear-like petals. Macro world. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Macro green leaves light purple shadows http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/light-and-leaves Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:07:01 GMT
Angel Pansy http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/angel-pansy Angel Pansy-04158Angel PansySeeing angel figures in a purple and white Pansy flower.

Pansies are among my favorite flowers, due to the influence of my Pansy-loving mother. Purple was her favorite color and is likewise mine. Her influence continues, long after her physical presence is gone. 

I had a bit of a stressful early morning today. One way I choose to deal with my stress is to seek out and ponder upon some bit of nature. Seeing the wonders of the natural world, taking in the beauty displayed, all serves me well to set my mind to a calmer level. 

This morning, as I looked out the front window. I saw the basket of purple and white Pansy flowers that my dear Karen Sue had put up for her mother to enjoy from her perch in the living room. The delicate blossoms were dancing in time with the gentle morning breeze. The petals of purple and white had dots of the overnight rain. 

I grabbed my camera and went outside to grab some of that magic. 

As I was working on this image, I kept zooming in to see the center, filled with tiny fronds and drops of rain.

Suddenly I saw a figure of an angel, with purple arms and wings outspread, a crown of white hair and a breastplate of gold. 

My Angel Pansy had come to greet me this morning. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Angel Figure Flower Macro Pansy Purple White http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/angel-pansy Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:07:19 GMT
Beauty Workers http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/beauty-workers Beauty Workers-59049Beauty WorkersBeauty Workers-= - Bees and butterflies help themselves and these purple flowers as Autumn approaches.

The strong afternoon sunlight created highlights and shadows on this spiky purple beauty of a plant. The bees and butterflies were busy, working their natural magic. Taking and leaving, all part of the cycle of life. 

Don't ask me what the name of the flowering plant is. I'm willfully ignorant of the names of most plants. I depend on the kindness of family, friends and strangers to fill in the blanks in my horticultural knowledge. 

I know beauty. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Flowers Insects Nature Purple Spiky http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/beauty-workers Sat, 10 Sep 2016 23:03:58 GMT
Dragon Worn http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/dragon-worn Dragon Worn-04126Dragon WornDragon Worn-04126

This Dragonfly looks to be near the end of its life. 

The worn and tattered delicate wings, and the way it was clinging to the Water Lily bloom in the wind, gave me pause to reflect. 

Usually, Dragonflies flit off at any close approach. I seldom get the luxury of calmly, intentionally composing a photograph of them. This one grabbed onto the flower and held on for a long time, more than five minutes. Long enough for me to get my images, and call Karen over so she could get her fill. 

As I was processing the images, the damaged wings became very apparent. 

Life clings on as long as life goes on. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Dragonfly Insect Tattered Wings http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/dragon-worn Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:28:26 GMT
Close http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/close Close-11-2-07CloseClose

Green to yellow, up close. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/close Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:24:16 GMT
Greenspread http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/greenspread Greenspread-03692GreenspreadDeep green veins on pale green Maple leaves, peek out from underneath the dense canopy into the sunlight of a summer day. The secret life of trees.

Deep green veins on pale green Maple leaves, peek out from underneath the dense canopy into the sunlight of a summer day. 

The secret life of trees. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Landscape Leaves Maple Shadows Trees http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/greenspread Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:09:43 GMT
Heading to Red http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/heading-to-red Headed to Red-03727Headed to RedTowards twilight, after sunset.

I knew the sunset was going to be a nice one. 

I didn't arrange my time to be in the best place for it. 

This is the beginning of twilight after the sun had passed below the horizon. I like the color in the clouds, and the barely visible world of twilight shadows. 

Shifting to red, the long rays of last light. 

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matt@mattpenning.com (Penning Photography) Clouds ILCE-6000 Matt Penning MattPenning.com Penning Photography Poles Power Poles Road SIGMA 19mm F2.8 DN | A Sigma Art Lens Sky Sony Alpha 6000 Springfield, Illinois Sunset Telephone Poles Twilight http://penning.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/heading-to-red Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:19:59 GMT