Macro Monday: One Week Later

I am happy to report that last week’s Macro Monday bud is in bloom! Miracles do happen. At least I like to think they do…with the help of plant food, pruning and many words of encouragement. So, yep, I’m talking to my plants. Sigh.

Totally worth it.

Witness my discovery this morning – alongside another bud ready to join in the action…

The sky is so blue I couldn’t resist a view from below in front of the window…

…Happy Monday everyone!

Lens-Artists Challenge: Natural Light

Lens-Artists Challenge #138: Natural Light

There are abundant opportunities to capture natural light as sunlight changes color over the course of the day. Light is different every day and every moment. You may also include photos of backlight and/or side light in your own yard/ local parks or shadows from your windows.

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I’m always chasing the light. If I’m lucky, the sun shoots its magic through my living room windows at just the right time so I can catch it. Flowers are hastily moved to one spot after another…on a hastily cleared shelf…

There’s no time to waste…

Natural light cooperates more fully outdoors. If you’re paying attention…it may surprise you…

But my favorite natural light captures are at the end of the day…

…and as day turns into night.

Macro Monday: Can’t Wait

April, 2020

In my part of the world Spring arrives in 19 days. I don’t know about you, but I’m (very) impatiently waiting for the change of seasons…more so this year than in the past. I am excited for buds and blossoms…and color!

I searched the archives and found this shot from last April…which, in the meantime, will have to suffice.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White or Cream Colors

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White or cream colors
Cee’s Flower of the Day

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It isn’t often that white flowers get their deserved attention, so I am taking advantage of this challenge opportunity.

I am also grateful to focus on white (tinged with pink…) flowers rather than life and world events. Just not up to that at the moment.

Thank you Cee!

White tulips took center stage a few years ago in a Mother’s Day bouquet.

They also outlasted their yellow counterparts!

Macro Monday: Look at Me

Look at Me!

While walking along the sidewalk at Hampton Beach a few months ago, I noticed the sun (always the sun) highlighting a perhaps often overlooked narrow strip of a garden. Including a seemingly oversized leaf in the midst of a lovely flower display.

It needed a sign:

It’s not just about the sand and the surf people! Please look down here!

The only way to show proper respect for these beauties of nature was to fill the frame, sun and all.

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Cee’s Flower of the Day (maybe someone can identify this plant!)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pink and Yellow

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pink and Yellow
Cee’s Flower of the Day

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Now that Autumn is in full swing, pink and yellow don’t bloom from nearby neighborhood gardens anymore. However, during one of my many walks this summer, I thoroughly enjoyed the sight of these pink and yellow flowers.

Their name escapes me (or was never there to begin with…).

So I’ll just call these the Fun Flowers of the Day. 🙂 Unless someone can fill me in.

Happy Thursday everyone! Hang in there. Here’s hoping that the next time these flowers are in bloom, life will be back to the “normal” we used to know.

Lens-Artists Challenge: Negative Space

Inspired by Lens-Artists Challenge #114: Negative Space

This week we will explore negative space in photography. Negative space is the area around the main subject of your photograph. This space is empty or unoccupied. 

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Negative space shows up in many of my photographs.

I like to use it to accent flowers as they wait for the afternoon sun to make an entrance in the dining room.

And then…many shots later…the fun with editing begins. Sometimes by altering the surrounding space around the image.

I will attempt to use one of the (sliding) block editor features to compare two different versions.


Well, that’s the magic “before and after” block for what it’s worth! (never mind how long it took to get that to work, but there it is)

Negative space also shows up when I am taking pictures looking down:

…when I’m looking up:

And when I’m looking out the window of an airplane (hard to remember those anymore)…looking forward to Christmas with my family.

December 2019
Logan Airport, Boston MA

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Aging Flowers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Special Request: Wilting, dead, or aging flowers and leaves.

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Unusual special request, but I understand it.

After all, beauty comes at all ages.

I found two examples.

Tulips – while wilting – took on a “life” of their own a few months ago. A different kind of beauty. One worth documenting.

faded tulip
A vine of leaves added a unique touch while weaving its way through a fence along the river’s edge. Stopped me in my tracks.

Still hanging on…

faded leaves

…and showing off.