MILKWEED: THE BIG PICTURE

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Arboretum, Brown, Details, Milkweed, Photography, Seed pods
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I was so pleased with the results of my 50mm walk that I thought I’d take my 60mm out for a stroll. The 60 was my favorite and I used it often…until I set out to learn the 50.  They both are so similar that I had forgotten just how exquisitely the 60mm can capture macro shots.

So, I was back in the arboretum Tuesday afternoon,  shooting a leaf here, a twig there and the odd berry in-between, just trying to get the feel of the lens again.

I did a lot of squatting, kneeling and crawling around trying to get the plants from the best possible angles. I mention this because I don’t generally use a tripod. I absolutely know I should but I hate schlepping it around: it’s heavy, I’m lazy. A gentle breeze can have the crazy jerky effect of a windstorm on a leaf viewed through a macro lens, so I had some “oh, drat!” moments, trying to frame up some of the pictures.  Ultimately, I’m happy with the results, despite often finding myself in Extended Triangle position trying to get up close and personal with a pod.

When I found the first patch of milkweed, I knew it was going to be a good day.

Today, the Big Picture. Tomorrow, macros.

Most of the milkweed stalks were stripped bare at this point, but just a few still had leaves, albeit dried. I think the mottling looks like runic markings.

Or snakeskin.

Or milkweed tattoos.

In early fall, you can often find actual piles of these milkweed bugs on some plants. This loner hung around long after the party was over. (Probably fell asleep in the bathroom. Awkward!)

Next up: Milkweed Macros, followed by Milkweed Glamour Shots

Comments
  1. Tammy says:

    Very crisp. Snakeskin indeed, lovely.

  2. Death, life; round and round it goes. It seems to be curvilinear as in these great shots.

  3. marty says:

    I always left these for the monarchs – but I never thought for the camera’s eye?

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