Sunday, September 6, 2009
Fun with Macro
It's been a long while since I took my little point-and-shoot camera outside to see the world through it's macro lens. I'm always surprised at what I find once I put the photos on my computer. Take this coneflower for instance. Notice the little spider on the petal?
Or how about the fine downy hairs on the blooms of this Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii)?
Speaking of hairy, young tomato plants like this "Solar Fire" are surprisingly hairy.
Getting a close up of the rear end of a katydid was a little surprising to me.
Bees can be a bit hairy as well (on 'Autumn Joy' sedum). The more these buds open up, the more insects are attracted to them. They've become a bee's paradise now.
This doesn't really have anything to do with close up hairy things but I thought it was pretty. A close up of Salvia 'Coral Nymph'. It's colors are getting more intense now that the heat has lessened (thank goodness!).
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Jean, I love macro shots...yours a lovely. Those little crab spiders are a fun surprise! Coral Nymph is one of my favorite salvias, it's such a nice color, especially this time of the season. Does it winter over? Mine sometimes seeds it self...almost always in the oddest places! I am so glad to hear the temperatures are more tolerable. it's been a tough summer for you folks. gailReplyDelete
Beautiful post, love the photos.ReplyDelete
Gail, my Coral Nymph did not winter over but the seeds did apparently. I have several plants that came up from seed.ReplyDelete
Susie, thank you!
Those are great photos. Macro allows us to see the world in a new way, creating awe and wonder.ReplyDelete
It's like high-def TV, you see all the minute details ;-). I actually had a similar experience recently where once I enlarged a photo of a zinnia I found a teeny, delicate little insect sitting on its petals. Blog-on!ReplyDelete
I love macros--both artisically and because it makes you look at details in your garden.ReplyDelete
I love macro too. The camara sees so much better than the eye and picks up details I didn't know were there. I would hate to give that up.ReplyDelete
Great photos. What's a katydid?
Thanks for those macro shots, Jean, well done! I always figure if you can see hairs on a stem, petal or whatever, it is a good shot. The salvias are so difficult to capture, you have done a marvelous job! :-)ReplyDelete
I need a point and shoot...what kind do you have and do you like it? Great shots from a little camera.ReplyDelete
Rose, katydids are related to crickets and eat leaves and buds and/or insects, depending on the type. I have no idea what this eats but most likely it's eating some flower buds.ReplyDelete
Layanee - my point and shoot is an HP R818 camera. It's about 3 years old but usable!
I love macro shots, and you have taken some great ones. They give us such a different viewpoint on the world. My coral nymph does overwinter, but then, I am a lot farther South than you are.ReplyDelete
What a fun idea for a garden photo project! Now I'm all inspired to go out and take pictures... It's fun to see all the detail that you sometimes miss when just walking though the garden. The camera has a fun way of getting you to pay attention to the little things.ReplyDelete