Posts Tagged ‘Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro’

As much as I enjoy winter, preferably with snow rather than the rain we’ve gotten recently, a hit of color now and then brightens the spirits. Hence, I offer you this as a cheerful response to Sally’s on-going challenge to us to take photos with non-traditional cameras, in this case, an iPhone 5s.

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.
~Wendell Berry

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Bright reds – scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry – are very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone.
~Christian Dior

I admit to a fondness for shots of water drops.  Since today is the “Macro” theme, I thought I’d play with this drop a little bit.  It’s always good to begin the week with some fun. I hope your week’s off to a good start and that it’s warmer than it is in the Chicago metropolitan area!

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Sometimes when I walk, I’m focused mainly on the big picture, the sky, the sunrise, the clouds and the plants and trees reaching for them. Often, though, I look more closely, down lower, seeking the smaller, hidden or less obvious things, their minute beauty waiting to be discovered and appreciated. That’s the fun of macro photography, seeing the other side of nature or, in this case, the other side of a leaf, and presenting it as something that looks very different.

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When out for a walk, I alternate between looking to see what’s in the distance and checking to find out what gems are close at hand.  I love finding the little, sometimes hidden, things like this shy drop hanging resolutely to its beautifully veined leaf. Any day now, the drops will become frozen diamonds, but for now, we’re enjoying the last warm days of autumn.

Do you use a phone or tablet to take photos?  You’re always welcome to be part of the group at Sally’s challenge every Monday. It’s not a large group, but the phrase “Quality, not quantity” certainly applies.

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One of the enjoyable things about fall is that ornamental kale and similar plants make an appearance with their fall color combinations.  Macro photography takes us into the center of this beauty.  Don’t lean over too far.  You might fall in!

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It’s Macro time at Sally’s.  Today I offer you an intimate look into the center of a rain-decorated rose, a shot taken with my iPhone 5s, the perfect camera to carry in my favorite outdoor pants when on my way to another walk in the forests of the Voges in France.

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.
― Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

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It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
~ Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden

I love taking shots of water drops, even more so when there are reflections in the drops.  There’s something magical about seeing millions of drops glistening in the sunshine, outlining spider webs, hanging suspended just before dropping. This drop appears to have living veins as well a string of baby drops.  What fun!

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For those of you following my Wyoming journey (lots more photos and commentary to come and I also have to finish my French trip), I left at 5:15 am yesterday and drove about 11 hours.  That means I only have a bit over 7 hours to do today.  It’s wonderful to have a place I love to vacation and a home and husband I love to return to.

Have a happy Monday!