Posts Tagged ‘macro photography’

I love milkweed, seeds and pods, and their role in providing food for monarch and other butterflies.  But there’s much more to this plant.  The silky floss has good insulation properties and its fibers are used to clean up oil spills.  On the darker side, many natives in Africa and South America use the poison on the tips of their arrows, while milkweed is toxic to animals when taken in large amounts.

Often the floss of the milkweed flies in the wind, like a head of blonde hair. But in the case of the seeds I found in the park not long ago, each strand was adorned with a plethora of tiny, frosty diamonds.

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I’ve been having a great time sharing the frost photos that I took not long ago and I hope you’ve been enjoying them.  To see an entire park covered with diamonds of frost is to encounter a beauty too great for words and almost impossible to share even through photos.  However, I can but try.  Just imagine this times all the leaves on the ground and you might have a glimpse of what I mean and saw.   Perhaps your heart will be as full as mine was.

December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…
~John Geddes

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What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?
~John Steinbeck–Travels with Charley: In Search of America

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I love finding the small beauties in the world and then photographing them. It’s too easy to see the big picture yet miss the individual pieces that make up that picture.  The park is full of these gems, in this case, gems made of ice.  However, I, unlike Stevie, don’t keep my visions to myself.  I share them with you!

Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions
Dreams, Stevie Nicks

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I am grateful for the silence of winter mornings, for the beauty and wonder of the glint of sunlight in frost melting to dew, for the early-riser’s peaceful solitude that sets a mood of thankfulness, hope, and calm for the dawning day.
~Terri Guillemets

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