Friday, November 4, 2011

Foto Friday - Getting a little closer

I love seeing things close up,

And lately I can't seem to get enough.

There is just something very intriguing about the world around us that we don't normally get
 to see close-up or that our eyes can't focus on that closely. Amazing details in ordinary things and happenings in a miniature world that go on and usually without our knowledge.

So this week, I'm sharing some of the details I saw through my lens. Details that have details, whether seen or unseen and ones that I am grateful for.

God is in the details.

This is a wild morning glory that just showed up in my garden, not quite open and covered with the dew of the morning.

My rose, Belinda's Dream, starts out like a tea rose and opens up like an old fashioned cottage rose.
Probably by far my favorite and so easy to grow. Since we live in a mild climate it produces nearly year
around although the blooms are not as proficient or multi-petaled in the cooler weather. One of the most important details of this rose is its heavenly scent.

From the same rose bush, a backlit leaf showing its veins. The details we cannot see are the tubes that
carry water and minerals to the leaf from the roots.

A gulf fritillary drinking nectar. What we can't see is the nectar being drawn up in the proboscis.

Some of you are familiar with the dreaded fire ant. If you look closely you can see their mouth parts that
they will use to hold on to you while they sting you. What we can't see is the venom they inject and if you've never been stung all I can say is OUCH!! To give you an idea of their life size, these guys range from 2-6mm (.012-.024"). I have no idea what they were doing and by the size of the one in the middle I'm wondering if she was the queen. They seemed to be tending to it at first and then there was a fight . . .

A cute daisy like flower . . . what you can't see is that it is really part of a weed.
Who knew weeds could be so beautiful!

Sparkling like diamonds, dew on a rose leaf and the result of surface tension. Does this boggle anyone else, the fact that round water drops can form and stay without immediately rolling off?

Straight from my dining room wall and my interpretation this week for straw, is wheat and what we can't
see inside of each tightly closed husk is a grain.

{linked to Lala's home daycare - theme straw}

I used this same image as my Photo Art Friday subject. I used a pencil sketch action with a
slight orton-ish action. I have never used the pencil sketch before and really like how it turned out.

{Shoot and Edit /Fabulous Friday}

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far reaching.    -Sivananda

Because life is so full of details it can sometimes be difficult to choose which ones to give
our attention to, and there are those we cannot go back and notice. Sometimes there are no second chances. I would rather notice the people, places and smallest of things around me than to have a detailed clean house. Oh how it used to be so much cleaner until I discovered photography!! (sorry honey!)

So, I'm wishing you a weeked full of a dirty house! ; )

Love, Kim


Photobucket"     Photo Art Friday  An Ever Grateful Heart


An Ever Grateful Heart said...

Kim! Thank you so much for linking up! I so appreciate you. These are fabulous photos. Just amazing! I, too, love macro (details) photography. Not only should we look for God's big details, but the tiny ones, as well. This is an excellent post. :o)

Deanna said...

Holy Moly, Kim these are beyond outstanding!! The 1st one with the early morning dew is breathtaking, the butterfly is incredible, all wonderful. Enjoy your weekend and keep taking those macros!!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Amazing macro shots Kim, love all of them. I hear you about the clean house too, I'm sure mine was a lot cleaner before the photography bug hit!

Linda Trine said...

Wow! you have some great macros here...beautiful work! I know what you mean about housekeeping :-)

Bonnie said...

Kim - it's hard to type a comment because my jaw has dropped to the floor and is in the way!!!

WOW - just stunning macros. Love your expressions of awe and appreciation for the meaningful details too. So happy you are sharing your talents with Photo Art Friday!

Saun said...

Wow, you always amaze me with your macro shots. Perfect!

Bonnie said...

I was so excited by your macros that I forgot to mention how much I love the pencil sketch treatment. I have a place on my wall for that one!

Sherri B. said...

Absolutely stunning! Wow...thank you for sharing these incredibly beautiful macros.

Ida said...

Wow! So many fabulous photo's. Each one is just wonderful. Love your pencil sketch of the wheat and I was amazed at the ant photo with all the detail.

Marvett Smith said...

Ok. A few things here. Your macro images take my breath away! Love the grain. Love the daisy. Most of all I love your words. "God is in the details". So true my friend!

Kathy said...

Seroiusly awesome shots! (how's THAT for adult vocab? haha). But it really sums it up for me. I totally love your maco shots. So much beauty in the world that we don't stop to acknowledge and marvel over. Thanks for sharing these.


Seeing Each Day said...

It's at the stage now when I see your link I think 'Ooh, what lovely photos am I going to see today...' - it's ALWAYS enjoyable looking through what you've captured. And it's ALWAYS hard to pick a favourite but I'm having to go with that luscious photo of the pink flower with the bokeh and your amazing detailed picture of the dew on the leaf.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

really enjoyed looking over your wonderful photographic art here. The sketch too turned out wonderful. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Jimh. said...

Lovely macro shots! You do wonderful work! Thanks for sharing them.

Anonymous said...

Great photos! Have a nice day dear!:)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

These are amazing macros, Kim. Loving the little blue "weed." So fragile and lovely. :)

deb duty said...

You are amazingly talented at macro photography. Seriously, these photos are incredible. So much detailed beauty captured! I am really loving taking macro photos lately too.

Lori said...

Gosh I love your macro shots, they are out of this world beautiful!
Very inspiring! Great shot of the ants.

Thanks for sharing,

Karen Dorcas, Artist said...

Such amazing photography; absolutely beautiful. A treat for my eyes. Thank you. kareninkenai

Anonymous said...

Splendid! I love the last but one...leaf with water droplets

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