Featuring Macro Photographer – Me!!

Yes!! It was my privilege to be featured on the December 10, 2013 blog of professional macro photographer, Mike Moats.  Click on the following link to see five of my macro images.

Featuring Macro Photographer.

For some time I have enjoyed Mike’s work.  You can see his work at http://www.tinylandscapes.com.



Going Back to the Start

"Christmas-Flower".  Poinsettia macro photoSometimes you have to go back in order to go forward.

Sixteen months ago, a door opened for me and I decided to walk through it. God never wastes time or experience.  So this weekend, as I exit the antique shop where my photography cards and prints have been for sale, I leave having learned much and carrying a tool kit that is better equipped to practice my craft.

At the same time, I am gong back to the start.  Macro photography has always been my passion.  When the macro lens reveals such intricate details and patterns, it is a profound statement that God does exist.  Random creation?  No, I see evidence that a master craftsman and artist has been at work.  His handiwork takes my breath away!

Every image I share will not be a macro image, but that is the direction I am heading.  Going back to my passion. Going forward to share my photography in a new direction (more on that in future posts).  I am excited!

“A” is for . . . ?

Amaryllis.  Macro image of red and white amaryllisBy now, you have probably made your new year’s resolutions for 2012, and perhaps made some progress.  Maybe you have begun to suspect a few of these are going to be harder to accomplish than first expected.

In the past I made quite an extensive list of “resolutions” every January.  However, experience has confirmed my success rate is much higher when I do not try to imitate Wonder Woman. So, this year I am taking two or three significant resolutions and reshaping them into measurable, attainable, specific goals.  Important elements of each goal include the what, why, how, when, and where.  If by the end of December 2012, those goals are fully realized or if significant progress has been made, I will celebrate.

I plan to use the alphabet this year in ways I never have before.  One way is to challenge myself to photograph something every two weeks that starts with a letter of the alphabet.  (Thankfully the letter “X” is near the end, since I currently have no xylophone in sight or any “X” ideas.)

Starting with the letter “A” (of course), my “A” subject is Amaryllis.  This flowering bulb originated in the South American tropics.  It blooms in various shades of red, pink, white, salmon and orange.  Some are striped like this one.  Tall stems and big, bold, long lasting flowers make this an easy favorite especially when looking for a macro subject.

“B” is for . . ?   I’ll let you know in my next post.

Thankful, Even Though It’s Been a Difficult Week

photo  of chrysanthemum, orange chrysanthemum or mum It has been a difficult week.  Maybe yours has been, too.  Or maybe last week was one you had rather not repeat.  Last week, this week, or the hard week coming around the bend, we all experience them.

But today I am thankful . . .

. . .  for God who loves me.

. . . that He, the Master Weaver knows the design He is creating even when all I see are the tangled threads below the canvas.

Some flowers look their best one petal at a time.  Others present their beauty with all the petals linked together.  The Master Creator has a design for each one.  Flowers help me remember that God has plans for good for me, too. That gives me hope.

What gives you hope when you need it?

Why Use Basic Black?

Yellow Rose
This past weekend I  framed  several 8 x 10 floral macro images in 11 x 14 frames for the purpose of displaying them in a local business.  The owner of Davis Bakery and Company in Avalon Park graciously offers free wall space to local artists to display and sell their work.

Thanks to the helpful employees in the framing department of two big name craft stores I learned some good tips in a short amount of time.  I have never had an art class, so all of this is new to me.  I greatly appreciated their enthusiastic help and enjoyed the learning process.

Why should you use basic black in framing and matting your vibrant images?  Because it makes the image POP!  Your eye focuses on the image not on the surrounding mat or frame.  Simple?  Yes.  Effective?  Definitely.

What Does It Take to Follow Your Passion?

"Gulf Fritillary"  photos of gulf fritillary butterfly,  purple passion flower with caterpillarNo “Ten Steps to Acquiring your Passion” will be listed in this blog!  Success may just boil down to one word, “persistence”.  I did not learn this from a book, a video or a podcast.  My sources of information were a vine and a plump orange and black caterpillar.

Which was the most persistent?  I will let you decide.

Of all the vegetation in our backyard, this caterpillar was only interested in the passion vine.  When I moved the caterpillar a distance away from its original location, it just began the long journey back toward the vine.  I was amazed at its “I am not giving up!” attitude.  Inch by inch, up and down one blade of grass and then another, it continued the journey back.  Seeing my actions had forced an incredibly long trip on this insect, I took the black and orange caterpillar back to the vine.  One day this persistent caterpillar will be a Gulf Fritillary butterfly.  (Stay tuned to future posts for photographs of this black and orange beauty.)

The passion vine also gives new meaning to the word persistence.  The original plant was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law.  Unknown to us, this plant sends runners underneath the ground that break through the surface sometimes quite a distance from the parent plant.  It is a good thing I like the plant, because it is here to stay!  Be sure you read all about this flowering vine before you put it in your yard.  Exotic blooms, sweet perfume and in some cases edible fruit are facts you will learn.  However, be sure to note the small print that says it may live at your current address longer than you!

Persistence . . . inch by inch. . . step by step . . . that’s how you follow your passion.    Which one will remind you to just do the next thing?  The caterpillar or the vine?

Can Flowers Really Fly?

The dictionary defines a flower (as a noun) as “the usually showy plant part that produces seeds.”

The same dictionary defines a butterfly (as a noun) as “any of numerous slender-bodied diurnal lepidopteran insects including one superfamily (Papilionoidea) with broad often brightly colored wings and usually another superfamily comprising the skippers.”  (Wow, that was a mouthful!)

No, we cannot scientifically claim that a butterfly is a flying flower.  However, it is a name that delightfully describes these creatures.   Every day I enjoy “flying flowers” thanks to the butterfly friendly host and nectar plants in our backyard.

I will be posting a series of butterfly photos that I have captured.   The one in this shot is a Monarch.

If you were a flying flower which one would you be?  What colors would you present to the world?  What blossom would provide your choice of nectar?