Hoping for Spring



Three of our pear trees have been blooming and the other day I thought I’d go out and snap some pictures of it. In the days when I was only a nature photographer, I used to hunt down every single tree or flower I could find with blossoms. My subjects now are mainly people, and while I love portraits, it’s always fun to shoot pure flowers now and again.

Spring is definitely coming to Asheville. The last week of February gave us a summer teaser of days that were 70 and sunny – now we want more! Even 50 seems cold now. However, it appears to be warming up and hopefully this week is the end of cold weather. Our rainy season has already started as well! I’m looking forward to getting out on the sunny days and shooting near beautiful trees like these. Last year at this time, I had the opportunity to shoot Caroline’s portraits in front of some gorgeous white trees.  Once the weather warms up a bit, I can’t wait to get out with my camera again with my seniors. Until then, flowering trees will have to suffice.


15 thoughts on “Hoping for Spring

  1. Hannah E.S says:

    How beautiful, I love those flowers! They look like cherry trees, only white instead of pink. By the way, cherry blossoms roses are my favorite flowers! What are yours, Aria?

    • Aria says:

      Yeah, you’re right! Ooh, pretty! I’m not really sure what my favorite flowers are – I really love these white and blue ones, but I’m not sure what they are.
      Basically any white flower, haha! Thanks for commenting, Hannah!

  2. Sassafras says:

    Ooh, these pictures are so bright and cheery! I love pear blossoms–we have a couple of flowering pear trees–and I like to take pictures of them. At what time of day did you take these photos?

  3. Uncle Ray & Aunt Robin says:

    These shots are beautiful. I’m a bit envious. As I look out my window, snow is falling–hopefully the last of it until spring reluctantly creeps in our way. We’ll be heading your way to enjoy these lovely sights in person a few weeks from now. See you soon!

    • Aria says:

      Awww, thanks! Oh dear! I actually woke up to a bit of snow on the ground this morning. So ready for full-fledged spring! See you soon, Aunt Robin! Love you!

  4. Allison says:

    Oh my goodness, these photos are absolutely GORGEOUS, Aria! I loved them all, but my favorite might be the second. :) I can’t wait for spring either!

  5. Sassafras says:

    Hey Aria! I have a random photography question, which I hope you don’t mind me randomly asking it to you.
    So, I’ve read a bit about focus on DSLRs, and people say that it’s generally best to use the auto focus. However, my camera’s auto focus isn’t really reliable. As an example, if I’m trying to focus on a single blade of grass, it will probably focus on the background instead.
    Do you have any good focus techniques for me? Any help would be greatly appreciated; I want to learn as much as I can about my DSLR. :)

    • Aria says:

      Hi Sassafras! No problem. Okay, so I had difficulty with this too when I started out, but I found that my problem was I wasn’t choosing where I wanted my camera to focus. When you’re looking through the viewfinder, there should be several dots there. As you push your shutter down halfway (or if you have your camera on back-button focus, as you push that), one of the dots should light up red. That’s where the camera is going to focus. You can move that around with the arrow buttons on your camera and manually select where you want the camera to auto-focus. Another reason why it may not focus well is because you’re too close to the subject. You should check out the distance the lens you’re using requires you to be. :) Does that help?

      • Sassafras says:

        Thank you so much! That helped a ton. I had no idea I could change the auto focus by doing that! I went outside this afternoon I experimented with the focus, and though I wasn’t good at it, it did work! Thanks so much again! :)

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