Color in the Summer Heat

Photo by Chris Stetson

Photo Info

  • Camera used: Canon T2i
  • Lens: Vintage Olympus F. Zuiko 50mm f/1.8
  • Edited in Lightroom 4

With summer now in full swing it’s getting hot and where I live, it’s getting dry. This time of year there isn’t much that stays green through the heat, and it can be a lot of work and water trying to keep things green.

So at our house we just let nature do it’s thing and let stuff go dormant and wait for the colors and greenery to return in the spring. I’ll admit it does get a little bland having mostly brown and orange all around, so when I saw this big leafy green vine growing through the field it definitely caught my eye. I grabbed a few shots with my camera and then went to my father-in-law because he can basically tell you anything you want to know, and then some about any plant. He’s like a walking plant encyclopedia.

Here’s a little bit of what he told me. The plant is called a Buffalo Gourd, it uses almost no water and is a perennial which means it grows from the same root system every year. It has long stems that trail can trail along the ground for several yards, with the small round gourds which grow to 3-4 inches in diameter. That’s about where the fun stops, the leaves will give off an offensive odor when touched and the fruit is not edible. But it does make for a nice spot of color during the summer heat.

About Chris Stetson

Chris is a photographer and graphic artist living in Temecula, CA. He grew up in a small beach town called Carpinteria which is just south of Santa Barbara, CA. He doesn't remember a time in his life when he wasn't doing something creative, whether it was drawing, painting, playing music, or playing around with cameras.

Ambergris Caye

Photo by Chris Stetson

Photo Info

  • Location: Abergris Caye
  • Camera used: Canon T2i

This time last year I was in Belize, Central America, and as summer quickly approaches I find myself daydreaming and wishing I was back there with a nice cold Lighthouse Lager. I took this picture while exploring the island of Ambergris Caye on a golf cart, which is the main transportation on the island. Ambergris Caye is only about 25 miles long and 2 miles wide. It has the world’s second longest reef just off the coast and has some of the most interesting people I have ever met. This is just one of the many beautiful experiences we had while in Belize and I hope to go back one day to see even more.

About Chris Stetson

Chris is a photographer and graphic artist living in Temecula, CA. He grew up in a small beach town called Carpinteria which is just south of Santa Barbara, CA. He doesn't remember a time in his life when he wasn't doing something creative, whether it was drawing, painting, playing music, or playing around with cameras.

Pure Nature

Photo by Peter Gorges

Photo Info

  • Camera used: Nikon D300
  • Lens used: 90mm macro

Something you won’t find a lot of on this site are spiders. I know they’re magnificent beings and for the most part harmless, but I have quite an aversion to them. I do, however, marvel at the intricate webs they weave. And after rainfall — oh what a sight to behold.

This photo was captured by Peter Gorges who didn’t apply any filters or post-processing to the perfectly beautiful image.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

The Forest Through the Trees

Photo by Joni Niemela

Photo information

  • Photographer: Joni Niemela
  • Location: forests in Finland
  • Camera used: Pentax K10D

I’m currently mesmerized by Finnish nature photographer Joni Niemela‘s photos of trees. The colors in this particular photo are so rich they remind me of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the more I examine the photo the more I feel transported into Fangorn Forest with Frodo and Sam eating lembas bread.

Be sure to check out more of Joni’s work over on his portfolio.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Deer in the Sequoia Mountains

Photo by Chris Stetson

Photo Info

  • Location: Sequoia Mountains in Kern County, California
  • Camera used: Canon T2i
  • Lens used: Vintage Spira-tel 135mm f/2.8 lens
  • Check out additional photos on Chris’s blog

I recently spent three days at an old logging camp up in the Sequoia Mountains called R-Ranch. Located above the Kern River in Kern County, it’s a place to get away from all things technology-ish. The ranch was used back in the day by actual loggers, but it’s now used by a group of owners to escape the daily grind. with no TV, cell signal, or Internet you can really appreciate the natural surroundings. With Sequoia trees as far as you can see and deer that just about eat out your hands there’s plenty of nature to take in.

I got this shot the morning that we were getting ready to leave. I noticed about ten to twelve deer relaxing in the shade right outside our cabin. I grabbed my camera and got some shots from our doorway. It wasn’t quite close enough though, so I slowly moved toward the deer. I got a few more shots but still needed to get closer as I only had a fixed lens. As I moved even closer the deer noticed me and perked up, but decided I wasn’t worth getting up and running away from. So I got even closer. When I shot this photo I was about eight to ten feet away. She never did get up, it was such a great opportunity and I’m so glad I had my camera.

About Chris Stetson

Chris is a photographer and graphic artist living in Temecula, CA. He grew up in a small beach town called Carpinteria which is just south of Santa Barbara, CA. He doesn't remember a time in his life when he wasn't doing something creative, whether it was drawing, painting, playing music, or playing around with cameras.