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Russian Jack Spring Park has a large variety of trees. The wet lowlands grow black spruce, willow and several types of alder. Higher dry soils are the home of white spruce, Sitka alter, quaking aspen, paper birch, green mountain ash and cottonwood. The under brush is even more diverse. People visiting the park are surprised how tall and broad the trees are. Red berries are on display every month of the year. The wetlands have trees so close together you can hardly walk through them. One photograph shows how bleak the area can look before foliage turns green. I have added a few patterns in nature images that have an abstract look.

The close up photographs were taken with a Nikon 55 mm f2.8 micro lens I purchased used. I have learned how important manual focus is in macro photography. Camera autofocus is not as accurate as manual focus. Sometimes you have to focus and then wait until the wind stops to take an image. I have had to take up to 10 images to get one photo that was not effected by subject motion. I use home make clamps to secure macro subjects, but motion can still be a problem. Wind barriers help, but not that much. Most of these close ups were taken with my miniature surveyor tripod, which rides low to the ground (17 inch legs) and provides a solid base since you can plant the leg spikes into the ground. This approach is better than using a regular tripod with an extension arm to position the lens close to a subject.
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