Posts Tagged ‘Macro photography’

Four images

Even though temps are in the low 80’s this week and humidity is high,  the signs are there if you are paying attention.

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Next week: A full week (I think) of fog shots

One more post from an after-rain walk in the woods. Four images, no chatter.

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closeup

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Behold Phragmites Australis, also known as “common reed grass,” “giant reed” or “ditch reed. ” Whatever name this tall (up to 20 feet high) grass goes by, it is a non-native plant that has established a real foothold in Wisconsin, wrecking havoc on shorelines and wetlands, crowding out native species of plants and in some cases, pushing animals from their established cover.

Setting aside those grim facts for a moment (“…but other than THAT, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”) I was bedazzled by the reed’s seed head after a recent rain. The rain had temporarily pushed the phragmites down so that many of those red/purple tasseled heads were at my eye level.

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Five images

It’s that time of year.

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Five images

And with that title, you can see why Wabi Sabi happily spent her teaching career with 13-14 year-olds.  We understood each other. Really…but for the issue of crows feet and some sagginess, we were interchangeable.

Oh, and me being so much larger than many of them. That, too.

Oh, yeah…and I had a drivers license and a fondness for pearls and I’d heard of McCartney before he was in Wings.

But other than that, I was totally with my own people.

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Once more into the garden, this time armed with a monopod.

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Going to seed:

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One more set tomorrow.

Five images

I do believe that an elegant match for Queen Anne has been discovered in the garden.

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Oh my gosh! I just realized that I could stage a production of “Wicked” right in my very own backyard using flowers instead of sock puppets! Quickly…begin humming “Defying Gravity” as you continue to read.

If you have not met before, or if you are not familiar with our glamorous subject for today’s post, may I present the delightful Miss Anethum Graveolens.

Dill, to her friends.

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Amazing, yes? If your familiarity with dill begins and ends with Kosher Dills, these shots of flowering dill should be a lovely surprise.

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As a bonus, today’s portraits were taken right after a storm, so Ms Graveolens appears appropriately bejeweled.

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If I might make technical small talk for a moment, these were shot with such a shallow depth of field that there is generally only one point that is in perfect focus, with the rest of the picture fading off into a soft blur. This might not be to everyone’s liking, particularly if you are someone who prefers a crisp clean edge-to-edge focus, but I like the resulting dreamy effect it produces with some flowers.