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Tender snowdrops…

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Yesterday, we awoke to dazzling array of white–a rare treat in our corner of the world–even for mid-winter! Soft, beautiful white fluff, wafting down from the clouds, quietly covering all that was green below. With temperatures predicted to rise by mid-morning, I moved quickly toward the ever-inspiring landscape of my own backyard, armed with a dedicated macro (a lovely Christmas gift indeed!) to capture what I hoped would be some unique images.  This one above is one of my favorites from the morning, because while I shot many sequences of snow while looking down, I particularly like the aspect of looking up, seeing how the tiny variegated privet delicately balances the loft of snow on its leaves.

Within an hour or so, all the snowdrops became drips… as the sun shone and the greenery returned. I hope you enjoy these tiny frozen moments that remain.

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Enjoy…

Elegance, magnified…

 

There is something so exciting and fulfilling about macro photography. I never tire of the joy of discovery–peering through the lens at a Lilliputian world, stumbling upon  compositions that reveal minute, breathtaking beauty, most of which are within mere feet of my door. We had a stretch of lovely autumn weather recently that offered a wealth of possibilities for morning macro photography. Freshly fallen leaves, still mostly alive and supple with sap and vibrant color, yet captive and resting, waiting for my camera. The frost and dew still lingering at these early morning hours added a touch of brilliance to scenes that were lovely to behold to the naked eye, but up close, became exquisite. Hope you enjoy…

 

 

Autumn art…

 

I live for autumn. The world is awash with the most beautiful color imaginable. Sometimes it truly just stops me dead in my tracks, and I have to pause and breathe it in. I realize it should be a melancholy time, when the vibrant life of summer fades, dries, crumples, and eventually blows away… but I think for  exactly that reason, I cherish autumn’s fleeting, vibrant beauty all the more. Lately, I’ve been blessed with a double dose of opportunity–fantastic autumn color plus an early morning dose of sugar frosting sprinkled over nature’s palette. Two mornings this week I bundled up, cold tripod in hand, and set out to discover new worlds laying right before my feet. Geometry, color, and texture was everywhere… nevermind numb fingers and toes… it was a photographer’s wonderland. Hope you enjoy…

Get close, really close…

 

As a photographer, I, like many others, find myself often in the quest for the quintessential landscape. And just as often, when I go out to scout a location, that “Ah!” factor is somehow missing. Granted, I need to spend more time scouting and not delude myself that it’s somehow going to appear without putting in a little legwork, but practically speaking, sometimes you just aren’t in the right place, at the right time.

Such was my evening last night, when I had an hour to myself just before the magic happened at sundown and the sky looked marginally promising for a nice sunset. The place was a local park close to my home and I thought–surely there is a spot in this park where the vista will afford me the shot I am imaging? Brilliant skies, dramatic clouds, tree silhouettes just peeking through the horizon? After driving and walking around for about 30 minutes, it was oh so apparent that I had been deluding myself. No vistas… only garish park lights, flat obstructed views, and cars meandering around as they picked up or dropped off children for sports practice. OK–face it, I thought. This is not going to work.

But luckily, I had armed myself with my macro equipment, just in case. Here is where it all paid off. I settled myself into a remote corner near a bike path, and found a panoply of subject matter. Those little dots of color we all see when we cruise down the road at 40 miles an hour just came alive under a macro view. I spent the next 45 minutes having a ball with the little gift nature had presented to me.

So to paraphrase Churchill, “never, never, never give in”–nature is all around, large and small, and there are often great shots right under your nose. Hope you enjoy…