Beneath a mushroom

under-a-mushroomI returned to Gliff Gilker Park on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia the other day to hike on a clear morning after many continuous days of rain. I carried my Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm f2.5 macro lens with the idea of photographing more mushrooms especially since they were now at the peak of their season. The previous time I used a  faster shutter speed and f2.5 aperture with the result of extremely shallow focus. I was hand holding the camera and felt I needed a faster shutter speed, but today I would purposely place the camera on the forest floor and trust using a slower shutter speed and more depth of field. I also increased the ISO to 1,000. Rather than lay prone on the ground especially since there were areas that mushrooms were blooming where it was awkward to do so, I placed the camera on the ground, pointed it at the mushroom only a few inches away and held the autofocus until it found a sharp point and clicked the shutter. Then I would check out what I got. Sometimes I needed to move the camera slightly and try again, but often my instincts as to where to place the camera gave me a satisfactory result. This is a sample of what I came away with that day.

Feel the presence

Wait silently with anything, and you will discover a new phenomenon which was always there, but of which you were not alert – not aware of it. Your mind will become completely silent as you feel the presence of the ever-living existence. You will be just a part in it, just a note in the great symphony. No burden, no tension...the drop has fallen into the ocean. ~ Osho

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