Distinguishing old growth from new growth on junipers

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Japanese Maple Partial Defoliation

Scratch Bonsai

DSC_0374I’ve been planning to  defoliate this maple for a while now but as usual never got round to it.  It was briefly critiqued by Peter Warren earlier in the year and he’d pointed out that there was a problem with the direction of the tree.  I had assumed the tree was going to the viewer’s right due to the thickest branches and lowest branch being that side.  It was potted last year with this in mind, slightly to the left.  However, the trunk does the opposite and so the result is a bit of confusion for the viewer and a lack of overall harmony.  I can’t do much about the trunk so I’m going to try and increase girth of branches going in the same direction (the viewer’s left) so that eventually they will be more dominant and produce more foliage.  The branching on the right will be kept shorter.  The left…

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Photo Shoot – Snowy Egrets

Local Exploration

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While eating lunch at the Birdseye Boat Ramp in Stratford, Connecticut, we noticed a snowy egret foraging on the shore.  I set up my gear and snapped hundreds of shots.

Once again, this turned more into a learning experience than anything.  My settings I normally shot photos with were not adequate for the bright white of the egret in the afternoon, so I had to adjust on the fly.

After all these years, I should learn how to use my camera a little better. 😛

Photo gallery is attached.

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