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The Wonders of Nature......

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Spark friend this morning posted a blog that I just loved. It was about the blessing of simple things around us that sometimes we miss.
It made me think of the love I have for doing Macro (close-up) photography. There are so many small things in the world of nature that we never see unless we stop to really look.

I am not sure why, but when I was young I loved to see things up close.
It fascinated me to look at a flower close enough to see the pollen on each separate part or look a butterfly right in the eye. I would sit, cross legged, for long periods of time in our pasture and just watch nature!

When I was eight years old I received an allowance each week. This allowance was 10cents!! I would try to save it but usually found things to spend it on before I had very many dimes saved up.
Then one day I saw an item in the Sears and Roebuck catalog that I knew I had to have! It was a microscope!!! It cost $10!! But I knew I had to have it!!!
What fun it would be to see the scales on a butterfly’s wing that I had read about. Or the many eyes of a fly! And the tiny lines on a flower petal and the grains of pollen!

I started saving my dimes! I help mother when she killed and clean the chickens we raised. I was given 10cents for picking off the feathers, 10cents for scraping the pin feathers off the chicken and a whole quarter for cutting them up!!
My sisters and I had the job each summer to help out, but this summer I did more then usual!!
A few other jobs around the farm helped my bank fill up too.
By the end of summer I had enough to order the microscope!!
It was so exciting when it came in the mail. And everyone in the family had fun looking through it to see the wonders of nature!
We really did see the scales of a butterfly! The eyes of the fly! Tiny grains of pollen!! And did you know that grasshoppers have tiny little claws on its feet!!

Well, this long and probably boring story, is just to share how amazing I have always found God and Nature to be!! And what is so great now days is that I can share it with you!! With digital cameras and the Macro lens they have I get just as excited taking pictures as I did looking through my microscope! (Which I still have! Ha ha)

Here are a few I would like to share……

Morning Dew

This is a dandelion

A small fungi growing on a rotting branch

This bug is only 1/8th of an inch in size

A Robber Fly - Looks like it came from outer space!

Notice the aphid in this fly's mouth!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I love your hobby also. All Spring and winter I walked myself alone and took pictures of everything in nature it seems.

    I spent two hours alone in the Bush.

    I live in Black bear land, wolves, deer's and moose.

    Lord willing next year I think I better take a whistle and blow as I enter the bush land. I was so into taking close ups.

    I never thought.

    Your pictures are lovely.

    I use macro outside also. Pictures are so close up.

    Like you say. A bee you can see on a flower or the whole inside of a flower.

    This year at end of summer. I started myself taking pictures of fences on all angles.

    Then I started to put little characters on the fence and them talking.

    So you like the fairies . I use fairies as my characters in my pictures.

    Now I do also CDS with my pictures and give away to friends for Birthdays.

    Photography is wonderful. On my title is Imagination from where I enter from today. My blog.

    But the sky is the Lords. I wont go above the sky. Ha,ha .

    3036 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/29/2012 8:56:53 PM
  • BLBH16
    Great macro shots! Bette
    3761 days ago
    Gorgeous photos! I'm discovering the tiny world too, and I'm amazed at what shows up in the photos.

    Thanks for sharing!
    3913 days ago
    Gorgeous! I love detailed pix of stamens etc too.
    3921 days ago
  • no profile photo CD893953
    Oh, I LOVE your pictures! My next purchase is going to be a macro lens. I am amazed by the beauty of creation that is evident in such pictures. Thanks for sharing. Just stunning!
    3924 days ago
    Awesome photos Joleen. Makes me want to get out with the camera today.
    3924 days ago
  • KAT573
    ohhhhhhhhhh you got the microscope bug too, eh? LOL I am planning a series of pix based on microscopic textures. LOVE your pix and your curiosity and drive.
    3926 days ago
    Stunning pix Jo, you're so clever. I suppose I'll have to give in soon and upgrade to a camera with a macro setting...LOL..
    The funny thing is when I was a child I so wanted a microscope, my brother got one for Christmas but wouldn't let us girls touch it (we thought he was a horrible brother...LOL...not so now of course!) and that set me off. I never did get one but when my eldest boy was five that's what he asked for from Father Christmas and I shared the pleasure with him as he was learning from it.
    3926 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/24/2010 3:03:00 AM
    I so want to be able to do this. I tried to use my macro function today.I haven't quite got the hang of it. I am going to do some practicing this coming week.Any tips you can send my way I would appreciate. I have gotten some very good close ups here and there but I would love to get some like yours. I did get one of a dragonfly recently that i like.Unfortunately my new camera does not have the ability to add lens. The zoom will not work when in macro on my camera.
    You pictures are awesome as usual. I looked at a bunch of them on Flickr the other day. I went ahead and got the pro so I can store my photos there instead of on my computer. You are one that showed me how to use flickr.Thanks again. I do need to organize pictures better now.
    Ok Always enjoy all your photo's. I wish mine were near as good.
    3926 days ago
  • no profile photo WILMALOU
    Loved the pictures! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing.
    3926 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Wow - Love the photos, Jo. They are awesome. I am trying to get used to the new camera.
    I did post a few on flicker last week and have some more I need to get posted.

    It does take some time, I suppose. Any how, looks like you are getting some great shots with your camera. I also love Macro Photography so we have one more thing in common.

    Have a GREAT weekend.


    3926 days ago
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