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……
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!