Plant vines along the trail - Infrared Photography

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Georgia has dense forests, some say its because of the Squirrels forgetting about their buried nuts and then they sprout into trees. Its due to this its possible trees are more densely packed in area with alot of Squirrels.

And due to this density, plants on the ground level of the forest must travel upwards through the treeline to get that unfiltered sunlight.


Camera ModelLumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum
LensOlympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm-50mm
Filter720nm Infrared Passthrough filter
Shutter Speed1/800 sec
Film Speed200
SpectrumInfrared (IR)
Wavelength720 nanometers
LocationLaFayette, Georgia USA.


Some Virginia creeper growing up a tree trunk. Moving its way up the tree into the canopy so it can get more light.


Smaller vines are making their way up trees as well, many die back in the winter and attempt to make the run up the tree again next year. Eventually the vine before mature enough to have protection from the frost and will make more progress climbing, staying live on the tree during the winter.


Muscadine vines growing up towards the light, these vines will produce edible berries if they get enough light. When walking through the forest we are on the lookout for these vines in the sunlight as we will come back for them when the fruits are ready.


A patch of these Muscadine vines have found a tree trunk and now growing up mature tree as a structure for the vines growth.


All along the trail were Muscadine growing on the path beside us. Some sunlight was coming down through the tree tops giving them some sunlight before some tree would shade them from the light again.

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I take pictures with a special camera. Its a Mirrorless DSLR that has been modified by Life Pixel to see light in other wavelengths. This allows my camera to see light in the Infrared [IR] around 1300 NM wavelength, through the visual spectrum and into the Ultraviolet A and B wavelengths roughly into the 300 NM wavelength.

I carry many filters on me to make the photos you see in my blog, these filters screw on my lens and help me isolate certain wavelengths for certain scenes. These filters can be IR / UV pass-through filters to assist me get a natural photo taking out the UV and IR light. Or I may use a Infrared pass-through filter capture just IR light. I can do the same with UV light as well, though I need some better filters which they can cost a few hundred dollars for true Ultraviolet pass through filters. So for right now I have B + W 403 bandpass filters that still allow some IR light in, due to their cheaper material.

There are also exotic glasses made of sapphire and germanium I am open to working with to replace my silica glass hot mirror with a material that allows even longer wavelengths of infrared to enter my cameras sensor. Special sensors, lenses and filters of that material would be needed as well, so it would be a big project but one that may give some even more unique photography results.

Addresses below to help me buy better camera equipment and support me to travel to locations to do photo and video and overall great blogs in new places. I would be happy to list some of the contributors in my posts for donations that help me along the way.


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Your photography concept is very exceptional. Really i surprised your photography always. Thanks for share.

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@shuvo35 ah thanks very much. It surprises me as well. Glad you liked it.

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I know Walker County quite well! I saw your post in my feed and am excited to hear that there is steem happening in that little corner of Georgia!
Did you know that the grape vines only produce grapes on the new growth each year?
We can only imagine what it looked like in that area a few hundred years ago. You will notice that a lot of those extremely dense forests are in areas that were logged completely during the 1900s and what has grown back is a shaggy "mess" due to nature doing its best to re-create a forest in an ecosystem that has been ravaged with invasive species of plants, trees, etc. I know in your area there are many forested areas that are being completely eaten by the kudzu.
I lived in Chickamauga quite a few years ago, and I still have a lot of ties down there due to my extensive time on Cherokee Farms and in the Chattanooga area. I am permanently settled in the Smoky Mountains now but I try to get down to the farm at least once a year.
Thanks for sharing your view of the woods, and explaining a little to folks about how the current ecosystem works to find ways to reach the coveted sunlight.
Maybe one day humans will be smart enough to make food just from absorbing the light of the sun...I think the plants might be considerably more evolved than the animals...

@freemotherearth oh very nice! Yeah Georgia is such a treat to explore. I visited almost a dozen state parks this year due to my Steem journey. It's been alot of fun seeing all of the regions.

Nope didn't know that, we usually watch for the vines exposed to full sun as they bear the fruit in our experience.

Yeah Kudzu and Bamboo are the two most troublesome plants to control around here. Luckily I used alot of bamboo shoots to make bee homes. Great building material for solitary bees.

Very cool you got a spot in the Smokey Mountains. I like to camp up near there in the summer when its real hot down in elevation.

I'm all about growing from the sun. We had a sweet potato harvest that was over 10 pounds. We started it with a single sweet potato. Amazing what the sun provides to plants. And when they get enough the yield is amazing.

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Thank you for your vast knowledge of the ecosystem! I am still fascinated by infrared photography and I only know one other person who uses it religiously as you do.

Thank you for showing it off and or your attention to all the details.


@dswigle I like to listen to other smart people like my friend @ryulincoln that point things out about the forest and try to share it with everyone in my posts.

Glad to see others enjoying what I write about. Oh who's the other IR photography creator on Steem? I only know of @vander

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Awesome shots I love seeing your IR posts

@tattoodjay ah appreicated since most trees this time of year drop their leaves around where I live I'm running into a dry spell until we see fresh growth in the spring. I got a couple more but then I'll take more next spring and summer.

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Must be nice to be able to experience a Georgia forest, with all it's diversity and grand trees :-)

@manorvillemike yeah the forests around were are quite the treat to me. I still have much to explore next year.

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