Close Encounters in Garden Photography

bee shiny wings (457x640)Next time you stop to smell the roses, take time also to sit among the roses or hostas or daisies with a camera and see what surprises are in store.   It doesn’t matter if the snow and ice are still on the ground and there are only thorns and leaves on the bush.  If the light is right, and you have a good eye for composition, there is a picture worth taking and sharing with someone.  And if the rain has barely stopped its downpour, but the sun is beginning to shine, put on your boots, grab a camera and get outside!  There is life all around you, and abundant opportunities to record it if you are patient.

At the right time of year  a honey bee or two may appear with pollen so thick on their legs that it is a scientific wonder how they continue to fly with so much extra weight.  Look under the roses and you may find a sortie of ants doing recon for their queen.  Ants can often be observed carrying away their dead!   Fuzzywuzzies will crawl up your arm at amazing speeds, and curl up in a ball in your hand.   Acorns will be strewn about, many of them without their hats, left cracked open and empty by squirrels driven to prepare for winter.

Notice the colors.  Red is not just red.  There is purplish red, and reddish-orange.  And how many shades of purples and pinks and combinations of these can there be?   Look carefully, study the patterns.  Can you see the tiny ribbons of purple running through the yellow crocus blossom,  or the fine serrated edges of the Japanese Maple leaf?   This is why the macro setting is my favorite!

Trying to catch the perfect shot of bees working over a field of flowers, or of the light shining through a water droplet on a leaf, can take me hours and is never boring.  Thank heaven for the digital age.  Instant gratification!  Even if it takes 30 attempts following those bees from one flower to the other and back again, one of those shots might be something truly special and unexpected.

On any given day, two people photographing the same garden at the same time will yield different results.   Light and perspective are the reason.  The light is constantly changing, so no two pictures will ever be exactly alike.  And how boring would that be anyway?  Sure “a rose is a rose” to some, but not to a photographer, a poet, or an artist.   So, if the way I see things is pleasing to your eye; if the work here inspires you in some way, what more could I ask? Pictures are meant for sharing.  I’m glad to share mine, and thank you for taking the time to visit in my “virtual garden” playground!

There are other playgrounds here too!  Graphic designs and digitally altered selections are also on display.  More will be added on a regular basis, so come back often!


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