Holy Macro!

I have been out taking a very close look and am happy to report that spring is springing. It’s not busting out all over yet, but if you look close, very close – it’s all there to see.

Yesterday after work I took a walk with my macro lens. It’s a Leica 45mm f2.8 so I can shoot in overcast conditions or in low light – that pretty much describes the conditions. I love the tonality of evening shots – past the golden hour, but early enough to keep the ISO and noise at low levels.

The remains of our glorious autumn are still around. I snapped this by accident, I was not even planning a shot - stupid trigger finger. Sometimes a great lens makes a decent shot out of a misfire.

The remains of our glorious autumn are still around. I snapped this by accident, I was not even planning a shot – stupid trigger finger. Sometimes a great lens makes a decent shot out of a misfire.

I was beginning to despair. The heat last year did so much damage and until yesterday I saw no buds. They are higher up, I'm hoping they fill in. These are edible and quite tasty in a salad.

I was beginning to despair. The heat last year did so much damage and until yesterday I saw no buds. They are higher up, I’m hoping they fill in. These are edible and quite tasty in a salad.

I don't know what these are called by my "lawn" is full of them. This shot focuses on the center of the plant.

I don’t know what these are called by my “lawn” is full of them. This shot focuses on the center of the plant…

...while this shot focuses on the outer blossoms.

…while this shot focuses on the outer blossoms.

These flowers appear to float in the woods. They are about a half-inch across...

These flowers appear to float in the woods. They are about a half-inch across…

...and resemble very tiny roses. These are tough to shoot because the are on very thin branches that move with any breeze.

…and resemble very tiny roses. These are tough to shoot because the are on very thin branches that move with any breeze.

This inch-long bundle of feathers is suspended over a limb on the lilacs...

This inch-long bundle of feathers is suspended over a limb on the lilacs…

...another view of the debris from the impact - the breeze makes the lower portion blend together.

…another view of the debris from the impact – the breeze makes the lower portion blend together.

This is a hole in a large rock I have on the patio - it fills with rainwater and the birds drink from this crystalline cavity.

This is a hole in a large rock I have on the patio – it fills with rainwater and the birds drink from this crystalline cavity.

Springtime is about exploration and discovery for me. It’s the perfect time to take that macro lens out for a walk.

35 thoughts on “Holy Macro!

  1. It is really great to hear a positive sign that spring is on its way over at your side of the world. The winters are more harsh than where I live, and your spring must be a huge promise of new birth and sunnier days ahead. Enjoy those sunnier warmer days (as we over here slide into the wetter colder darker months). I find it fascinating being able to experience the different seasons via cyberspace in this blogging world.

      • Our autumn is not as majestic as your fall, as most of our trees are evergreen. However, some colonials planted English tree varieties in some areas many years ago and those places do come ablaze, and have started to.
        Enjoy the warmer days 🙂

    • I do too – I love seeing the detail. I have an old bellows and macro lens from the 70s – the amount of magnification you can get is amazing with that set up – clunky but worth the time. Thanks!

    • I read an article in the local paper about eating redbuds last year and the next weekend I took a survival class where they recommended them as food to gather in a survival situation. They were pretty good. Thanks for the identifications!

  2. Lorri these are magnificent captures .. I picture you down on your hands and knees with your nose almost on the ground capturing such magnificence… lovely share…

  3. Lorri – these are just gorgeous! Are those service berry blossoms? I have never seen them up close – and the lovely flowers all over your yard – henbit, an annual weed 🙂 Warm and humid today – but batten down the hatches, looks like we are in for a storm tonight! K

    • Thanks Kathleen – I don’t think the white ones are serviceberries – they are on bushy stalks and flower almost all the way to the ground. Henbit – that’s it. It looks prettier from a distance 🙂 Yeah – I’ve got a lot to get done this week, a storm is not helping me 🙂

      • hmmmm- maybe a type of bridal wreath or spirea – let me know when the leaves come in and I’ll see if I can figure it out. You got your drainage prob fixed, right? So hopefully no flooding. Im glad I didnt get my mulch down – pretty sure it would get washed down to the lake by tomorrow morning. 🙂

        • I did get it fixed but the plumber left a huge gash in my lawn. I have been trying to fill it in by hand but it’s too massive. He told me a couple of rains would “fix it” – Ugh. I’ll get shots of those leaves – the bush is pretty uninteresting once these flowers leave.

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