E.J.Wilkins

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First drop of Spring?


We're always optimistically looking for the first signs of Spring and I wonder if this might be it - a first snowdrop, spotted last Tuesday in - Lyndhurst cemetery - .

Of course it was breezy, so there's some movement in the flower.
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First drop of Spring?


We're always optimistically looking for the first signs of Spring and I wonder if this might be it - a first snowdrop, spotted last Tuesday in - Lyndhurst cemetery - .

Of course it was breezy, so there's some movement in the flower.
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comments (42)

  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 00:06
What a lovely sight - I haven't seen any yet. You have captured the fresh delicacy perfectly and I love your composition and use of DOF.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: These were tucked away in a very well sheltered corner, none anywhere else, not yet. That's what made them so special smile
  • Chris Phillips
  • 14 Jan 2008, 00:06
Lovely Ellie: I keep looking out for them
EJWilkins: Keep looking Chris, in sheltered places, you're bound to find some soon smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 14 Jan 2008, 00:12
Gosh this is beautiful.
EJWilkins: Kind of you to say so Kathryn, thanks
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 00:14
Could well be Ellie, although with wind and rain forecast all week I shall keep my head down. Lovely composition whatever the season ;o)
EJWilkins: If you keep your head down, make sure you don't bump into a lamp post wink
Our seasons certainly are different with just that little ocean between us. We won't see snowdrops for two and a half months yet. You've done a stunning job with this, Ellie. The green is so fresh and the white so delicate.
EJWilkins: We've got the Gulf Stream, which helps, and these were in a very sheltered position. Too early for any anywhere else, that's what made them so special smile
  • Aussie
  • hot and steamy Brisbane
  • 14 Jan 2008, 00:38
Beautiful macro, nice dof. Here I'm wishing for a sign of Autumn
EJWilkins: Aaargh! Autumn! No no no no no, we're going to have summer first!
Have you had a decent amount of rain yet?
Lovely depth of field.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
A deeply satisfying picture to look at...
EJWilkins: Actually, now you say that I think I agree with you. I was very bothered about it being slightly blurred, but I quite like the way the petals seem to glow. Don't know how I did it though! smile
WOW great shot Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks, glad you think so
  • Astrid
  • The nehterlands
  • 14 Jan 2008, 06:29
Love the DOF and the compostition
EJWilkins: Thank you Astrid, that's kind of you to say so
  • Tony
  • 14 Jan 2008, 06:52
10/10
EJWilkins: Thanks Tony smile
  • Stan
  • 14 Jan 2008, 07:22
Nice, clean, simple and sharp
EJWilkins: Hmm, yes, no wyou mention it the white does look clean doesn't it
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jan 2008, 07:24
super shot. Lovely dof and composition. This shot leaves one feeling refreshed this monday morning smile
EJWilkins: Thank you Liam, that's kind. I thought it was a nice way to start the week smile
Far too early for snowdrops in merky midlands. great capture Ellie. richard
EJWilkins: Might not be, these were in a very sheltered spot. They're way, way ahead of any others round here, don't usually see them till next month. Betcha if you go looking you'll find some too smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 07:55
Are you kidding me, Ellie? ALREADY!?! Leave it to you to find and capture it. It's lovely!
EJWilkins: Nope, it's for real. They were tucked away in a corner, and beneath a tree. The only 'natural' flowers there. Magic to see them smile
Top shot ..
EJWilkins: Gosh, thanks smile
  • Nig
  • Gym
  • 14 Jan 2008, 08:08
Very very nice
EJWilkins: smile Thanks
Very nice composition Ellie. Great lighting and DOF
EJWilkins: Now there's a thought, I wonder what would have happened if I'd used flash?
Shallow DoF to lose the stones in the background, nearly worked didn't it?
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 09:54
What a welcome sight. I love snowdrops. These look so fresh and are perfect against the brown earthy background.
EJWilkins: I love snowdrops too, and these were such a surprise. I wouldn't have expected to see any until next month, but these were nicely sheltered and protected from the worst of the weather/winds.
That's incredibly early. It's so pure looking. Nice shot
EJWilkins: They are early, but they were in a very sheltered position, protected from cold winds etc. Won't expect any others for a few weeks yet, except perhaps on the Isle of Wight or down in Devon/Cornwall
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jan 2008, 11:21
Great picture and excellent optimism. We still have a great summer here thank you smile
EJWilkins: I can 'do' optimism this year. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Jan 2008, 12:32
A fancy lamp in the park! Nice one, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Hey, they do look a bit like a lamp. Goodness me,
A lovely glimpse of spring Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Bernie smile
  • Pops
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 13:15
You handles the white really well.
Have you tried a hard crop for portrait mode
EJWilkins: I really didn't do anything except get my knees wet and muddy, the camera did the rest. I took this in RAW - my first efforts, so I'm very pleased, especially with the white. It seems to glow.
The crop - oh, I tried loads of variables and ended up with this one, but I do agree that a portrait would look OK too. Sometimes it's a hard decision, isn't it
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 14 Jan 2008, 14:10
oh this is beautiful Ellie.Well spotted.
EJWilkins: Pure chance that I spotted them, they were well hidden. Lovely though, glad I took the picture too. smile
Longing for spring Ellie ? You're not alone ! smile
EJWilkins: Absolutely, although I wouldn't mind if it was cold - it's just so wet and miserable here
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 15:48
This is lovely!
EJWilkins: Thanks Martin, pleased you think so
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 15:49
Very nice macro, Ellie. The colors behind the flower are a good compliment and the framing, with the flower to the right, works quite well.
EJWilkins: I had to use a shallow DoF because otherwise the stones in the background would have been very distracting
Fabulous, Ellie. Crisp, clean, refreshing and a beautiful macro to boot. (:o)
EJWilkins: You could do this too, easily smile
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 14 Jan 2008, 16:33
Nice Ellie. I needed this respite from the winter! Thanks..
EJWilkins: smile Me too
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 17:18
Funny that, I said to my better half on Saturday that there should be some snowdrops out soon! smile smile smile
EJWilkins: I bet you'll find them in Ventnor, and in large clumps too. There were only these few, tucked right away in a corner beneath a tree.
Nice, isn't it smile
  • edson
  • surinam
  • 14 Jan 2008, 17:21
very sharp,clean and absolutely good white colors..
EJWilkins: I'm pleased with the white too, thanks smile
Lovely capture Ellie,
Great colours and DOF
EJWilkins: Thanks Magnus, DoF had to be shallow or the stones in the background would have been too distracting
Ours haven't shown yet but we have a lone daffodil! Lovely shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: How on earth have you got a daffodil?!!!!! Mind you, they cross them to make them bloom earlier and earlier, don't they. Have you got a piccie, or did the slugs get it?
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 14 Jan 2008, 21:02
poetry in motion well done Elliesmile and have a nice day tomorrow........tim
EJWilkins: I hope to have a n ice day tomorrow - you too smile
  • pict
  • FRANCE
  • 15 Jan 2008, 16:43
très belle image
et cadrage intelligent!

very fine picture
and very clever construction !
Well, Well Well! Very nice! I like this and likey for my! Fantastic pic!
  • monika
  • London
  • 16 Jan 2008, 20:52
Ahh, so cute! Today was relatively calm and warm day in London, I look forward to spring too!
An absolute beauty. Signs of spring so soon? Lucky you.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 17 Jan 2008, 12:08
I just turned the laptop toward Alan and said isn't that lovely. He answered haven't you seen the top of our garden? YAY!! Spring isn't far away smile We have these just coming out, and the daffodils which started popping up before Christmas, will be blooming soon.
  • graham pickett
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Jan 2008, 11:12
Well done Ellie - love the colour and background -1 of my 2 favourite flowers, would like to see what magic you can do with a Primrose?
Wonderful and poetic Ellie : Thumbs up !

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