Some ferns and a drawing

In early May, we visited the Volcano House at the Volcano National Park (both now closed because of the ongoing oozing of toxic gasses and lava). Whenever I’m there, I stop right outside the entrance and snap a few photos. This time, it was of ferns. Macros, mostly.

Again, I’m impressed with the Note 8 camera. It was cloudy and misty and the light was less than optimal. Given all that, these are pretty good (if I say so myself because others might not). 

Some of the photos were taken with the on-phone flash, but I’m not sure it helped.

You might be able to tell because the colors are slightly different. Not better or worse . . . different.

I had my P900 with me, but I didn’t bother using it because the Note 8 does at least as good a job — if not better — with shooting macros. It’s also easier to deploy. 

So, ferns change in color as they mature . . . they are also rather interesting as far as going through their stages of development. For them who haven’t seen many ferns . . . 

They also manage to amaze (me) when past their prime . . . 

I mentioned drawings . . . 

So, I’ve been playing around with drawing stuff using Infinite painter on the Note 8. Here’s the thing . . . what I am about to show you is the third iteration of this drawing. I thought I had saved the other two but it turns out that I misunderstood how projects are saved and I only have the third iteration . . . 

So, the scene I had in mind was the Monument Valley view from that great scene when Forest Gump stops running and decides to head back home. 

The first iteration had a crappy representation of the road. The above is not perfect (far from it) but it’s better than the initial try.

The second iteration had wagons I had drawn directly on the canvas. The problem is that the tools to draw things like that are not very good. Basically, a brush is not good for detail work and it looked like decrepit wagons pulled by misshapen dogs.  So, I opened up a new drawing and drew the wagon and ox (yes, it’s supposed to be an ox) based on a photo I saw. Not traced (that would be cheating) but using the photo as reference. 

I then copied the above three times and resized each of them for scale after individually coloring them. They didn’t look quite right so I added a shadow under each . . . and it still doesn’t look quite right since they appear to be floating as opposed to contacting terra firma. 

I have some ideas as to how I might improve it . . . I mean both the bringing the wagons into the picture and other details like the clouds and birds. I like the Smoke Signals and I’m reasonably happy with the shading and textures (not enough, but I’m still learning). 

I happen to have a photo from that spot, so I was drawing from memory . . . as it turns out, I wasn’t very close. But, hey, I’m just starting out. 

Near where Gump stopped running

Near where Gump stopped running

I need to also include different shading and layers in the sky; too uniform, I made it. The original post of my trip there is HERE.

Here’s the gallery of the above. 

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16 Responses to Some ferns and a drawing

  1. mega901 says:

    Beautiful pictures of fern and painting of scenery

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  2. paolsoren says:

    I don’t know what a P900 is nor a Note 8 but the drawing was clever. And I love ferns too.
    As for the picture and your adding of shadow under the waggons – I take the fact that you are just a tyro but the shadow needs to be angled to the left quite a way to relate to the sun in the top right.


    • disperser says:

      Well, the P900 is the symbol of me accepting I’m not really a serious photographer. The Note 8 is one of them new-fangled smart phones all them fellers keep yammering about. One of the better ones, in my opinion.

      As for the shadows . . . it could be you’re not taking into account the distance of the sun in addition to the position . . . plus, the diffusion due to all the crap we pump into the atmosphere.

      But, yes and that’s me being lazy. What I should have done is draw the shadow in the stand-alone wagon drawing and then colored it in. Like I said, the paint brushes are a bit crude for an amateur like me to use for details. I kept modifying the shadows and making less like shadows until I gave up and figured I’d get back to it later . . . only later lost its appeal and here we are.


  3. OHMYGOSH! These photos are stunning! The colors, texture, feeling of motion, etc.! (I’ve always loved ferns!)

    Good drawing, Emilio! I think your covered wagons are especially cool! Keep drawing!
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Carolyn. I’m pleased how the photos turned out. The painting . . . well, I’m in the infancy of my career. I don’t think people will take my work seriously until I cut off an ear and mail it to Melisa . . . which means they’ll never take my work seriously.

      . . . that’s OK; I like my ears even if they’re not working at 100%.

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  4. macquie says:

    I had not paid attention to take a close look of ferns after prime time. It was amazing and I was stunned! Thank you very much for sharing. :-)


  5. I like the way those fern fronds are all curled up prior to opening, I suppose someone with a knowledge of photograph,y has done one of those slow mo things, showing the fronds slowly unravelling, That I’d like to watch Ha! Hugs :)


    • disperser says:

      It’s called “time lapse” . . . slow motion is a different thing.

      Here you go. Its a bit over your one-minute attention span, but not much:


      • Well thank you for that dollop of UI you’ve made my day Ha! Hugs :)


      • That is beautiful, do you know hour long it took? how many frames ,


        • disperser says:

          If you go to YouTube, the description says 2,000 frames. From reading, the leaves unfold fairly quickly but I don’t know what that means.

          I did find this out:
          There is a term for the unfurling of fiddleheads, of course, since there is a term for everything in science: circinate vernation (pronounced SIR-sun-ate ver-NAY-shun). Look at the first word: circinate. What other word starts with circ-? Circle! Circinate means circling or spiraling. The second word might be tougher to figure out. It derives from the word ‘vernal’, which means spring. So circinate vernation is literally the unfurling of the spring, which is what ferns do.

          Here’s the site if you want to read more:


  6. AnnMarie says:

    Totally enjoyed the WHOLE post! The colors of the senior ferns is stunning . . . I don’t recall ever paying attention to that before. Wouldn’t it be neat if our hair changed to multi-colors instead of gray?


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