On Darwin and the March Toward Winter
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Darwin might have been right, but Being The Fittest Goes Only So Far — we all die sometime — -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — full exif
Darwin might have been right, but
Being The Fittest Goes Only So Far
— we all die sometime —

Goodness, that sounds morbid, but I mean it to be witty. (Note to self: if you have to explain that you're being witty, you're not.)

Walking by the shared garden area of my condo today, I was impressed that there are still quite a few colorful leaves left on the tree, and with the lateness of the season and the inevitable march toward winter, the Darwin thought came to mind.

My first thought was to take a picture of a dried, curled leaf surrounded by vibrant colorful ones...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 450 — full exif

It was difficult getting a good angle because I was limited in where I could shoot from. After a while I realized that a better expression of the thought was a lone vibrant leaf surrounded by withered leaves and bare twigs, but the tree offered few opportunities for such a shot, so I had to stretch...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — full exif
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — full exif

Not having much opportunity composition wise, I threw some vignettes on there to look “artsy”. 🙂

It's been dipping down to freezing at night, which is pretty much as cold as it gets during the winter in my area of Kyoto. No snow yet, and there was no snow last year, but we had plenty of snow the previous year, so I've got the snow tires on the car (to avoid this hairy situation). Kyoto is pretty after a nice snow, at least until traffic turns it to a dirty mush, so here's looking forward to some snow this season...


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

I like the first image in this post.

Well seen, well captured, and well done!

— comment by Joseph on December 21st, 2009 at 4:55pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

That first photo with your caption would make a great Demotivational poster. I think it’s morbidly witty. 🙂

— comment by Tony McDaniel on December 21st, 2009 at 9:26pm JST (8 years ago) comment permalink

The first photo is my favorite, too. You know, Tony McDaniel is right. That first post, with that caption, has exactly the same feel as these great demotivational posters:

http://www.despair.com/beauty.html

— comment by Marcina, USA on December 22nd, 2009 at 10:31am JST (8 years ago) comment permalink
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