Plants - Ryan Taylor

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Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)

Karohl Park, Beavercreek, Ohio

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright

This is one of the earliest photos in my portfolio still. I somehow got lucky with the sharp focus on this one while shooting handheld at 50mm. Since I have very shaky hands, nowadays my images are taken 95% of the time using a tripod. The wide aperture helps distance the plant stem from the rest of the background foliage. From a composition standpoint I enjoy the curved look of how the sprout "leans into" the frame. Karohl is a park I don't go to much anymore due to the fact it was converted into a disc golf course soonafter this image was taken. It goes to show, some of my early images are still my favorites.

Pokeweed is a berry producing plant, the berries are poisonous at all stages of growth. Historically they were used for ink as many documents were written with pokeweed ink. This image displays the fruit just before fully blooming into a dark blue and black sprout. Expect to find these growing in bunches in wooded areas.

I visited a local gallery on opening day last year and had a good conversation with the photographer about light and life. I got there pretty early and they were still hanging up the show but he still was nice enough to show me around and tell some stories behind the images. When I was about to depart, I asked what may be considered a cliche question: "Do you have any advice for me going forward?" The older gentleman said.."Go out shooting whenever you can, don't be afraid to try new things, and slow down and enjoy the views in front of you as much as you can."

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