Very large Big Leaf Maple trees live in the woods where I live. These trees are now beginning to bloom. With the soft light of this early morning, light rain and a soft breeze, the clusters of catkins stood out against the dark trunks and shadows of the woods.
EF 200-400mm +1.4x @ 784mm; f/8 @ 1/80 sec, ISO 800; Auto exposure; TV mode; Evaluative metering; Manual WB. Due to the wind and shallow depth of field of the telephoto lens I made a 5-image focus stack, one each for the individual clusters and the stems, to render the catkins and branches as sharp, yet render the background in soft focus (bokeh).