Still Learning To See


In my searching through my archives for snow photographs I came across several I’d made last summer of dew. Dew forms as surfaces radiate and cool to a temperature—the dew point—where water vapor turns to small droplets of liquid water. This is a simplistic explanation of what is a remarkably complex process the occurs so often in so many places.

Dew on spider webs is a favorite of many photographers. Dew on grass or weeds is even more interesting to me because of the wider possible variety of compositions and lighting. When the sun is refracted through the dew drops, the light changes from a single source to literally thousands of sources with fascinating results. Belly-down in the grass of course!

Summer dew on grass becomes another world.

Sunlight refracting through the dew drops become multiple sources of lighting (and inspiration). Add to this the simple curve of a blade of grass and who really needs to ever make another photograph!

This time of year colder conditions result in hoar frost! Perhaps tomorrow morning I’ll get out early and see what I can find near a low seep in the pasture at Morse Farm. It is often a spot where winter’s version of dew grows on a cold, clear morning.

This entry was published on February 20, 2012 at 8:22 am. It’s filed under Winter and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “Dew

  1. Karen Dailey on said:

    These delicious, sparkling yellow-greens remind me of how much I am looking forward to spring’s coming…in its own turn. Thanks for being willing to get a dewy-wet tummy to take these lovely photos, John…and to share them with us in the midst of winter.

  2. These could be paintings! Nature has her own form of art, and you certainly captured her “watercolors” beautifully. Thanks so much.

  3. kspring on said:

    These are so beautiful and make me yearn for summer! For now, though, I’m happy with the sudden and short snow flurries we had today.

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