While I love the colours of autumn, there is a certain magic to the early springtime hues, with its deep browns and vibrant shades of green. An overcast day, especially after a rainfall, brings out these colours even better, and allows us to see subtle details that would be lost to the shadows created by harsh sunlight.
Near the visitor parking, there is a copse of trees, valiantly fighting to retain dominance in what is gradually becoming more of a wetland, leading into Rice Lake. Last year, I noticed the abundance of Ostrich Ferns. I spent quite a while photographing those mature plants last season, and made a mental note to revisit the area the following spring.
My trip over to the spot this past weekend did not disappoint, in large part, I think, due to the persistent rain and the overcast sky. True, I would need a higher ISO to make my images in this low light, but it was a small price to pay. I shot mainly with - yet again - my Zuiko 100-400mm lens, generally wide open, to get close to and isolate specific clumps of ferns and other spring flora. Shooting with the long lens also helped me avoid stepping too deep into the forest floor where I could inadvertently damage delicate plants.