Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Vowing to look Closer

Flower by Jeanne Selep
Image 1: Flower, square cropping

I love going to botanical gardens, breathing in the fresh and mostly fragrant air, moving about in the outdoors, and seeing thousands of flowers in their moment of glory in a beautiful setting.  Some flowers bloom only once a year for less then a week, so I make an effort to catch the blossoms often and at the best times.  The camera comes along to document the day and allow me to review later any discoveries.  My camera also encourages me to pause and take a closer look.  The pause and closer look may well be my favorite aspect of photography.

Flower by Jeanne Selep
Image 2: Flower petals, square cropping

Stopping to study a flower, I notice the center, sometimes hidden and sometimes revealed, like a jewel placed in a surround of silk or tissue.  A group of flowers might have only one or two with their centers visible, or perhaps an entire area might be full of flowers striving to be noticed.  (People are similar to flowers - many times their core is hidden, and there are short magical moments when the sun comes out and they reveal some beauty not normally seen, for those who pause to notice.) 

When I review my photos, sometimes days or months later, I occasionally find myself entranced by an photo I took, when at the time it seemed just another photo in my day.  Macro photography allows me to see more, to "look closer".  Viewed later, a photo that didn't seem special then now becomes a favorite.  (Here I define macro photography as seeing the image at larger than life size).

Flower by Jeanne Selep
Image 4: Anemone Flower with dispersed pollen

The Anemone above is an example - amazing color and shape, and fully opened compared to the others around it.  A beautiful flower, in peak bloom, amazing color and condition, but darn, I wanted to blow off (didn't work) or wash off all the pollen making the flower look dusty, which wasn't an option.  At home on my screen, however, I was entranced.  The pollen forms like a galaxy of stars around the black hole of the center.  or maybe it's like people leaving a stadium concert.  Not the typical photo of an anemone, but for some reason it speaks to me.  (Click on the image to see it big!) 

Discoveries like this have made me vow to look closer, often.  I now have a new goal - this year I vow to look closer.  

Don't forget to enjoy the flowers of the season - some flowers last barely a week!

Click on the images to see them enlarged.

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NCSue said...

Absolutely stunning macro images - thank you so much for sharing them at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/05/on-retreat.html

Veronica Lee said...

These macros are really stunners!

Happy Wednesday!

Klara said...


PaulaShort said...

Oh my, your photos are stunning.
Visiting today from Grace At Home #52&53.

Joanne said...

These are absolutely breathtaking! I love how the pollen nearly glitters.

Natalie said...

Beautiful photos of the flowers. I do take time to enjoy what's in bloom every season. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

Denyse Whelan. said...

I loved this and I too marvel at nature...and her many patterns. I will sometimes look back and see details in an image I hadn't noticed initially. Visiting from Australia and #weekendcoffeeshare

Melis said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Yes, we simply have to take time to marvel at nature! Otherwise, what is it all for? Hope you're enjoying a beautiful weekend!

RachelSwirl said...

I love how you've captured such stunning close-up photographs! They really are amazing - Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

Michelle at https://mybijoulifeonline.com said...

I enjoyed these photos very much! The last is particularly stunning.

Kirstin said...

Thank you for sharing this. I really, really enjoyed your thoughts along with the photos and totally agree. Great thoughts to ponder.

Michelle said...

Your macros are just beautiful! Thank you for linking them up!

Wildflower Adventures said...

Your view of the flowers is beautiful. I like to hunt for flowers & take their picture. I wish I lived close to a botanical garden, I think I would have the season pass & go often. Karen

PaulaShort said...

The details of the close up center of the flower are amazing.
Visiting today from Hearth & Soul #5&6