Still Waiting

Spring is here but today it was gray once again. So what is a person to do while one is still waiting for green and blooming things? Go to the way-back-files for hope of things to come. Here is one from a summer past.

Click on picture to enlarge and see the coolest sweat bee may be ever.
Click once on picture to enlarge it. This may be the coolest sweat bee ever!

Thursday’s Special: Abstract (Response To Guest Challenge)

I am a pretty boring photographer when it comes to being creative. When I read the title of Paula’s Thursday Special: Abstract I had to look up abstract photography and see what it is about. Well now that I am more than a little confused by conflicting definitions and ideas of abstract photography I am not about how I will approach it. Here are five photos I have taking in the last month of so. With the Winter weather and gray days that accompanied them I had to really search for things to shot. This took me out of my comfort zone but the challenge helped me “see” different photography wise. Here they are and you tell me if they are or they are not abstract.

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An Icicle and A Drop To Be

Today I wanted to do some macro of the icicles and water droplets that are hanging off the front roof. I had used my iPod on a few and posted one on Instagram but wanted to use my extension tubes on some. Since yesterdays experience I know I will need a tripod. After checking out the situation I decided there was no safe way to do that quickly and moved to plan B. I broke out the PowerShot S3 and went at it.The end result: Water dropping on to the lens cover and rolling down inside the housing. Not good but after I dried it out I had an idea, and yes you should be afraid, and here is where it gets brilliant  weird. I take an old magnifying glass I have, put the small high magnification spot over the lense. This should allow me to still shot in macro mode but I would not have to be as close to the subject, therefor missing the droplets. Nuff words….here is the shot.

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Past Holding The Present

After being stuck in our home since early yesterday evening something had to give. I broke out the extension tubes, an old Minolta film lense, the A300 and went in search of a few good macro this afternoon. I picked water droplets: Too hard to focus properly but I will try again because I think I can figure that one out. Barb wire barbs: Could not get my back to cooperate with me bending over in the cold temps. I will also try those again in the Spring, all though there will not be snow on them, which was what I was trying to capture. Snow on dead vegetation: Had a little luck with that and non-snow covered dead vegetation. The challenge here was once again the wind. So out of the dozen or so shots I learned a bit and have new goals. Till the next time enjoy this little flower skeleton with snow on it. I thought the wind blew it out of frame but apparently I got this before it did.

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The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”

Engaging in nature photography is my way of slowing down, keeping things simple, enjoying the moment and simply being. And when I see something for the first time, or in a new light, that is my reward. So when I was photographing these brown wasps as they feed among the White Aster I learned they are more than their reputation, they are a thing of wonderment.

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