Yes, at long last the weather has turned and today is the first day of daylight saving where the clocks have gone forward so it feels even more like we have turned that wintry corner. For me, work starts to get busy, as does the garden and it’s macro lens time! These two images were taken very early yesterday morning. Click in twice for more details 🙂
An ornamental pear blossom. Hand held.
Wild garlic. Hand held.
I haven’t had any time to go out and about with the camera of late and so another macro – this time of a Protea flower and also my entry for the 25th Monochrome Madness Challenge which is diligently curated by Leanne Cole. Do check out the post (published Wednesday mornings AEST). As always I was drawn to the pattern in this beautiful bloom with it’s incredible ‘fluffy’ texture and nature doing what she does best 🙂
Click in for a detailed view.
On Friday, another visit to my favourite florist (Flowers in a Vase) resulted in me coming home with this beautiful orchid bloom (amongst some other specimens!). I believe it is a genus of the Lady Slipper family (Paphiopedilum). I found it both beautiful and wondrous – the insect falls down into the ‘lip’ and it’s only means of escape is a single ‘ladder’ of hairs which leads directly to the flower’s reproductive parts – amazing! I would love to see what this would look like in UV 🙂
Taken using natural light. Please click in for a detailed view
Yesterday was an extra post because of the excitement of the snow 😛 This morning saw one of the hardest frosts I have seen in years so I was out before sunrise to capture the magical ice crystals – I wasn’t disappointed 🙂 This is a little Gorse bloom (considered a noxious weed here in Australia) with a wonderful covering of frost, backlit from the rising sun – click in for more detail.
Handheld at sunrise
Today I visited a new florist (Flowers in a Vase) and spent some time drooling over various stems and flowers. I came away with a few different specimens which I spent the afternoon photographing with the macro lens 🙂 Here is the first, a type of Protea which is native to South Africa but apparently grows quite happily here in Australia.
Taken using natural light
Summer is definitely around the corner 🙂 The clover is flowering and the bees are out! Poor things were swaying back and forth in the wind (not good for macro!) but good to see….
Heavy shopping bags!
The gentle folds of this delicate rose took my eye as the backlighting caught the textures of the petals.