This flower just showed up this past Friday. It is fairly widely distributed. I think the shape and coloring is absolutely beautiful. It is the "county flower" of Cumberland, England, and is on the county flag. There appear to be slight regional variations of this flower. These two were only a little over 1" across. I used the 12-50mm Macro Olympus lens on an EM1 Mark II. I suppose it is almost trite to comment this way, but some flowers really have an almost magical appearance. These two can keep me mesmerized for quite a long spell. They were all around our office building at St. Mary's, Alaska.
Recently, I had the great good fortune to travel to Antarctica with National Geographic on their ship which is rated one step less in hull construction in comparison to an ice breaker. On our first day, the captain took us quite deep in to some fast ice, which is ice that is solidly attached to land. We were told the ice we stood on was 3 feet thick and the water below was 2,000 feet deep.
That area was the home to a group of Adelie penguins and here are a few photos of the area and the birds.
Sorting through the photos has taken much longer than expected (I tend to be ruthless) and I've only begun to process the first few.
All these were taken with the new E-M1 and the 12-40 lens. While I had a Nikon D4 with me , I found that I relegated its usage to situations where fast, continuous AF was a must. I'm guessing that I used the E-M1 about 75% of the time.
Any way, while none of these pix will win the Pulitzer, they will give you a feel for a bit of Antarctica. C&C always welcome. Richard
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