moments in focus…

Flowers

dandelion

Just yesterday I took a picture of a dandelion that was full, completely opened.  I thought that was so pretty, then today I noticed this one.  It had been misting all morning and the tiny droplets of water caught my eye.

Dandelion

 

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the ants come marching…

Todays post was going to be another ‘something new’ post.  About nature again. About flowers again.  Yesterday I noticed another type of unfamiliar flower bud.  This morning the sun was just right, so I put on my micro lens and went to the backyard.  I didn’t even notice the ants until I was looking through the lens.  Bonus!

I do have one issue (ok, let’s say another) with macro photography, my eyesight.  Does anyone else have this issue.  I think the subject is in focus, and guess what- it’s not. I have started wearing my readers when I take a macro shot, not very convenient, but it works.  Ok, since I’m being honest, another issue is that I can’t seem to stay still.  Is it time to pull out the tripod for every shot I take? Ugh.  Do most of you use a tripod for Macros?  Any helpful tips?

The first picture, I just liked ;)  The second is, well… the ant.

 

 

peony

 

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DOF, trying to get a handle on it

 

 

 

If you follow my blog, you know I love a shallow DOF.  Lately I have been practicing a bit more, trying to improve.  I took these with a Micro (Nikon) lens, so I was very close.  Being so close even an fstop of 11 creates a shallow DOF (something I tend to forget).   More to come :)

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Cherry Blossoms

New place, new plants.  This tree, which is in our yard, was full of little white blossoms for about two weeks, now it’s all green… still very pretty.  Correct me if I’m wrong… but I believe this is a Cherry Blossom tree.

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Buzzing around.

 

As we sit on our back deck, these Bees hover nearby.  They aren’t aggressive, just annoying.  I wasn’t sure what type of Bees they were, so I looked it up (ahhhh, the internet :),  they are Carpenter Bees.  I found these buzzing around the neighbors Dogwood tree.

 
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something new… everyday

 Nature is incredible… each day I see a new bud, flower, leaf, plant… it really is amazing how much there is to see.  These buds appeared the other day, I have no idea what they are or what they will become, but it sure is fun watching them progress. 

 

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It’s just the beginning…

 

 

 

A few close-ups of Spring (taken a few weeks ago).

 
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Pretty in pink.

 

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Spring is here!

Blink and you will miss it! The beginning of Spring that is.  One day the tree branches are bare, then you notice small buds and then… bam… the trees have leaves!  It’s incredible, the different scents, colors, textures, shapes…. amazing.

I took the images below, of a Saucer-Cup Magnolia, on a bike ride in my neighborhood.  There are so many beautiful trees right outside my front door. :)

 

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