Getting Up Close and Personal
Sometimes I like to play with the macro lens on my camera and take close-up shots of my garden.
There’s no magic here. I don’t use a tripod or anything.
I just bring the lens up close and point and click. Technology does the rest.
Here’s a zinnia.
I had to go out on the lake to get this lily pad.
This was a hard photo to take. It was a real bitch trying to position the canoe with one hand on the the paddle, while trying to keep the camera inches away with the other.
The great thing about digital photos, is that with Photoshop you can zoom in and enlarge the picture even more.
Here are some forget-me-nots, which are only a few millimeters in diameter.
Dandelions are especially amazing. They are now one of my favorite flowers.
If you zoom in, you see all kinds of curley-cues, which I never even knew existed until this year.
To give you an idea of how small these are, here’s an ant crawling through them.
You can see the individual grains of pollen on his back.
(Not bad for a hand-held camera).
I think this is a wild strawberry blossom. I took this one in June near Wawa, Ontario.
Here are some pink wild flowers. No idea what they are.
Zoomed up, it looks like some tiny yellow bears poking their head out of a cave.
Here’s a daisy from my back yard.
Zooming in shows a hexagonal matrix of pods (or whatever you call them) arranged in spiral patterns.
It’s all very mathematical. Flowers like to follow Fibonacci sequence.
I once wrote a blog post about it here.
And of course, I had berries.
It was a good crop this year. For a few weeks, I’d get a bowl like this every 2 days.
Once in a while, I also managed to get some insects.
If they’re occuppied with the flower, I could get quite close without disturbing them.
This bee could care less if I was there…she just wanted the pollen.
I found this fly in October while hiking in Algonquin Park.
The weather was cold, so he has kind of dopey and slow. Which is probalby the reason I was able to bring the camera so close.
Kind of creepy.
If my Grandma was alive and she saw this, she’d have a freaking heart attack.
Anyway, I’m just glad I’m hundreds of times larger than he is.