This little fellow seemed to relish the idea of walking on the edge – and such a delicate edge, at that! The contrast of the pink petal that is almost like a swirling, silken dress with the yellow and black textured caterpillar body really appealed to me.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
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It’s very cold here this morning – outside at least – and I thought of these frozen beauties that spent so long in my freezer. These gerbera daisies you see here are encased in ice. As I photographed them using a macro lens, you can see the details in the lovely petals and stems and the way the bubbles in the freezing water embrace the blooms and seem to buoy them up. I took the photograph with some natural light, but as the exposure time was sufficiently long, I played with moving additional light around the flowers to highlight different areas during the exposure.
The webs in this pile of leaves seem to be like jewelled necklaces that hold them together, strung as they are now, with beautiful gems all along them. This is one of my favourite photos taken for the daily photography project I undertook in 2012. I found it again the other day when a friend commented on another webby photo and thought it was worth sharing it again. I always feel really happy when I see it with its warm tones, leathery textures contrasted with the drops and all tied together with these thin filaments of web. I hope it makes you feel the same today!
In celebration of this collection being both 'Featured' and 'Recommended' today by the Google+ Collections Team!
One of the wonderful things about plants and flowers is that they have a particular beauty at each stage of their lives. We all love to see the fresh young flower buds appear, ready to burst the green skins holding them captive, perhaps with drops of dew resting on them. Then, when the petals are fully exposed, the colours have a fresh beauty and boldness that entrances us. Even, as here,when they are drying and should be fading, there is a richness, a texture, details, that somehow seem intensified by a poignancy that we can almost relate to.
As photographers no, as people we are drawn to every stage, almost as if we see mirrored in these delicate blooms the progress through our own lives. When, as here, we see a very close up view of one as this, taken with a macro lens which gives us a detailed view, we really can appreciate the fragile beauty that remains as the outside wrinkles, withers and fades from the original strong, rich blue.
The 'macro' theme of this part of our B&W project got me thinking – macro (to me) = tiny or very close. Over the two weeks I took a close up look at lots of things by way of my macro lens and converter – parts of animals, vegetables and … minerals! Curly hairs and outstretched claws on our cats, a finely chopped onion, many other objects came under the ruthless scrutiny of my lens.Because a macro lens is brutal in what it will reveal. Do you know how much it might put you off your food if you saw a tiny hair in the chopped onion? Or can you imagine just how many specs of dust are on the claw of a cat?
My submission today is something that caught my eye yesterday, in our kitchen which is still transformed into a building site during the day. I had to ask what it was as it was obvious that each of these tiny objects would be separated from the strip. They are (for those non builders among us) nails for a nail gun. And I was told that they make them in sizes as long as this but as thin as a needle. The pencil and nail punch are there to give an idea of scale.
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Now where was I? Mostly having busy and fun times which have kept me from the computer, but I still had my camera, waiting to post my images when I could. My computer time is limited, but I will post as I can. Enjoy your summer!
This was a photo taken last week, using the macro lens. Steven gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers (remember, always have flowers…). The macro lens makes these flower petals look like the soft silk flounces of a beautiful skirt.
There was something that really appealed to me about the fuzzy top of this wilting gerber daisy flower. Okay, so I'm almost as obsessive as Joni! (I took more photographs of the daisies on Sunday, but might spare you that for a later date.) This is a macro, but not at the 1:1, as I wanted a bit more depth of field.
This was for Saturday's posting. I am thinking of my friend +Robin Griggs Wood at this time.
This is a very close up (macro, 1:1 view) of the interior of one of the beautiful Gerber daisies that I was given as a gift last week. I love the way the little curled inner petals (?) look almost as if they are edible. The bits of pollen everywhere are almost untidy (where are the bees when you need them?) but of course I don’t keep indoor bees and the outdoor ones are hopefully well protected from the cold. I hope you enjoy this luscious flower and will forgive me if I have not been as interactive as usual on your posts. 😀 It has been for a very good cause.
This past week has been so busy with other commitments that I have had no time to post the images which I have been taking. So I will do what I can to catch up in my project.
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