The June blog circle theme at Share Six is DREAMY / DREAMS. I hope you’ll take the time to link around the full blog circle (next link at the bottom), and then submit to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages for a chance to be featured.
Macro photography feeds my soul. I passionately love looking at the world – particularly the natural world – from new and different perspectives. Although it may sound odd to some, macro photography reminds me of my snorkeling experiences, in that it leads me to observe things I simply don’t see everyday. I refer to my macro botanical work as “buds and bugs” as I also love witnessing life at the scale of insects when shooting macro.
For this themed post, I took a little time to shoot in my gardens, something I hadn’t done in recent months. As an aside, you know how when you go biking or running, you often become aware of hills you hadn’t noticed before? The same thing happens when shooting macro in nature and breezes. Those tiny breezes magnify so much. I say this to say the breezes – nay – the WIND – in recent days made several of the subjects I wanted to include unusable, for lack of focus as the plants swayed about! In any event, I love the abstract qualities and the delicious, dreamy bokeh in these images, and hope you enjoy them, too!
I sincerely appreciate you dropping by to check out my take on DREAMY / DREAMS.Next in the blog circle is the highly talented Ceri Herd Photography! Please link over and see the post Ceri has generated for the theme. For a chance to be featured at Share Six, please submit your DREAMY OR DREAMS images to the Share Six Facebook and/or Instagram pages (tag #sharesix and #sharesix_dreamy or #sharesix_dreams) by July 5th.
Because they are so beautiful to my eye, I am grabbing all of my recent tulip shots and plopping them in here. I took many of them yesterday, but you may recognize the bottom ones from my first tulip post. All of these beauties are growing at my home. The lovely gardens established by the previous owners are the gifts that keep on giving.
If you have been following me a while and paying attention, you will recall that my family recently moved across the country to a new house, and then accidentally bought a SECOND house here in Fort Collins, because it was kind of our dream house, or at least as close as we are likely to have in the next twenty years or so. So while we deal with the stress of ditching the previous house, we enjoy the dream of the new home. The new-old house was built in 1962 and is part of a small but wonderful mid-century modern neighborhood. As great as our home’s architecture is, the true draws for us were the wonderful neighborhood, the mountain views, and the pretty perfect yard. We have a large fenced-in area, flat as a pancake for soccer and such, and we have an area outside the fence with a little sledding hill. All around the property are gardens representing nearly three decades of the previous owners’ labor of love. I literally walk the property at least once a day, just enjoying the plants and looking for new ones. My neighbors probably think I am a few cards short of a full deck. Just a couple of days ago, I realized we will soon have blankets of lily of the valley in multiple gardens.
The tulips are stunning. Although I have landscaped and gardened extensively, I have literally only had maybe 3-5 tulip bulbs in my adult life and they were all planted by previous owners. THESE previous owners stocked the gardens a-plenty with them and I feel like the gardens are the gifts that keep on giving. I suspect before long, the weeds will also be “gifts” that keep on giving, but that’s for another day. Today, I want to share some of my recent favorite shots of tulips in and from the new-old gardens, which I adore. A few are included in both color and black and white, as I find the structure of these tulips enthralling.
For many years, I worked in my alternate profession and shot only as a very serious hobbyist. I shot with an old, all-manual Nikon FM film camera and a “nifty fifty” – a 50 mm lens. I used “sneaker zoom” to frame my images. My Christmas gift one year, ~12-15 years ago, was a similar, used Nikon FM2 body, to allow me to have one body loaded with black and white film, and the other loaded with color film. The FM2 came with a worn out 55mm macro lens. That lens was – ahem – remains! – gummed up in the focusing ring, so it takes significant elbow grease to adjust things, and I employ “sneaker zoom” to manually focus subjects by moving my body once I get things framed just about so. All that said, it is one of my 2 favorite lenses, flaws and all. Why? I will allow few of my favorite macro shots from the past 18 months or so, all taken with that worn out lens, do the rest of my “talking”!
As always, please click on any image to view larger!
Ladybug on Dahlia Bud, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC
My family finally grabbed a long weekend, if just over 3 days counts as “long,” and got away from our house for the first time since moving here in late winter. We’re loving Fort Collins and as we drove away, I even told my husband that I was a little sad to skip a weekend here, but we have also been anxious to go camping. Due to the challenges with the little people in our lives, as well as a super soggy Friday and resultant wet tent, we didn’t cover nearly as much ground as we had planned, but we still managed to see some gorgeous areas that were new to us, and quite a few wildflowers. Even better, we met numerous kindred spirits, made new friends, and saw – and purchased – some fabulous art. My primary destination of Crested Butte will have to wait. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy viewing these, all taken roughly between Breckenridge/Frisco and Fort Collins.
It has always been my goal to shoot lifestyle photography alongside my own photographic journeys, such as travel and nature photography. Inspired by a recent request to provide macro photography for several gallery canvases, I dusted off my old, failing macro lens and started playing a little with it on Friday, for the first time in years. My husband surprised me with the macro lens and a used Nikon FM2 camera, to pair with the Nikon FM camera I already had. Having both accomplished my goal and need of having color film in one camera and black and white in the other. When he bought the lens for me, some 10-15 years ago, unbeknownst to him, it was wrecked. Still, with some patience, I can pull some lovely images out of it. See below and let me know what you think. Click the “detail” images (square) for a much larger version of those. I took a number of shots over the weekend and will be adding more to my brand new Etsy shop soon! So if you are interested in viewing or purchasing my fine art prints, please click on over to my RootsAndTwigs Etsy Shop or contact me directly! Thanks!