Autumn Teasels and a Song Sparrow

Sunlit dried TeaselSunlit dried Teasel – Nikon D810, f10, 1/400, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I have posted Teasels here before but those images were taken while the teasel was in bloom and today I am posting autumn teasels with dried flower heads. I was photographing sparrows on a wild rose bush and when the birds weren’t around I turned my lens towards the teasels that were on the east side of the rose bush. The teasels at the top were in full light with dried grasses in the background and I quite liked the warm tones in the image.

Dried Teasel with shadows in the backgroundDried Teasel with shadows in the background – Nikon D810, f10, 1/250, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Then I aimed my lens down towards some teasels that had side light on them with the shade of nearby trees in the background and I like the contrast between the warm and cool tones in the frame. I like playing with light.

Song Sparrow on a wild RoseSong Sparrow on a wild Rose – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I did get some images of the Song and White-crowned Sparrows on the wild rose and I like how this Song Sparrow had its back to me but gave me a nice head turn over its shoulder.

Life is good.


PS, Teasels are an invasive plant


  1. Humming bird lover October 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    HI! Susan Stone is right ! Those are the seed pods that Opa Kilbourne hated! Love ya honey! mom

  2. Jane Chesebrough October 17, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Teasels and Sparrow wonderfully captured.

  3. Elephant's Child October 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    All beautiful – and I love the soft earth tones.

  4. Humming bird lover October 16, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Hi! reading my mind again honey! I was telling Wanda about theses plants that your Opa Kilbourne always hollered at Oma K for picking them for wild dry flower arrangements! He hated them seeding his barnyard!! Ha ha Thank you for your photo’s! Have a great day! Sometimes she would spray them Gold for extra richness! Love mom

  5. Roger Burnard October 16, 2015 at 9:59 am


  6. Bob Mcpherson October 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Wonderful images Mia. The small, tiny things and critters can be the biggest on the excitement and beauty charts.

  7. Patty Chadwick October 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

    These are such beautiful images! I love the little sparrow, especially like to hear them sing…both teasel images are nice, but the second is perfection…you have a special gift for taking incredible shots of plants and landscapes…I hope you never abandon your plant and insect shots…they’re amazing!

  8. Susan Stone October 16, 2015 at 8:28 am

    The photos are actually of the seed-heads, not the flowers… Beautiful photos.

  9. Linda Sue Barnes October 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Thank you for putting in some pictures of plants. I also went back at looked at Playing with Light-Teasels — great job of using the light. I really appreciate how open you are with your techniques and including the data with each photograph.

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