Spring Sprouts

fern sprout

A fern sprout from my front yard

I have been finding the fringe edges of a plant’s life interesting to photograph to break away somewhat from my typical spring flower photography.   I think there are interesting elements to be seen other than just when the plant or flower is at its peak blooming glory.   If they were people, would you photograph them only when they are their best?    Often it is at the fringe edges where a lot of character is revealed.

It is a theme I will be keeping my eyes open for throughout the season.   These are a couple of a starters for this year.

About the images: Photographed with my Nikon D800 and 200mm f4 Nikkor lens in my front yard.

spring sprouting plant

A mystery sprout of a plant / flower coming up in my front yard. Yet to be identified!


  1. Wow…these are really nice. Love the texture and detail. I bet it will make a great series!
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  2. Love these, Mark! The lighting, focus, background color & bokeh – just lovely!

    What is that background? Is there something blue in your front yard, or did you make changes to the background color?

    — Jack
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    • Thanks Jack. The blue comes from my processing in Lightroom and adjusting the tonality. I thought it made for a more interesting look and helped emphasize the sprout itself.

  3. Great images, Mark. Almost alien in nature. The lighting is beautiful and the D800 detail is extraordinary.

  4. The blue looks great, whatever the source. The hairiness of the fern looks like a newborn.
    That mystery sprout looks very familiar. Blackberry? That’s not likely in most front yards, unless you’re letting it go natural…
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    • Thanks Tom. Interesting comments – since I am quite uneducated on the life cycle of ferns, is a newborn more hairy than others, and would it mean a first year?

      For the mystery one, my wife didn’t know either, and she has planted most everything in our front yard. Guess we will have to wait and see! :-)

  5. Love the colors in these two images. Great detail and perspective as well. These images show the limited knowledge have of the ecological world of plants. It causes me to want to delve into many other ecological worlds I know little about. Great images.
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