There is More Than Meets The Eye

Sometimes… there is more to the ordinary than meets the eye. During my weekend road trip, I stopped at a friend’s farm. While I found the garden nice to photograph, it was what I discovered with Macro that made my creative mind jumping with excitement. It’s always fun to go on a date with Macro — I get so much joy discovering deeper beauty of ordinary things that I would have missed.

One of the important things I’ve learned as a photographer is to always look down — you just never know what you might discover… like a bed of thyme would become a nice backdrop for the little snail I found. Or the chive flowers look even more interesting and beautiful up close…

Blogging Commitment

After more than two weeks of constant rain, I was desperate to go somewhere. I’ve heard about the annual eagle migration at Rockport, WA this weekend and thought it would be a great opportunity to get some photos of this magnificent bird for my blog. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Just as we were leaving town, the car developed some engine problem. To make the long story short… I was stuck at home all weekend and found myself uninspired today. Guess the thought of what the repair cost for the car might be, weighted heavily on my mind. From experience, going to the mechanics is like going to the doctors — every little thing cost so much — and I was right. The problem turned out to be the air sensor valve. I was told this tiny valve was going to cost $395.00 just for the part. As if to make the price more justifiable, the mechanic went into a long explanation about the purpose of the valve and all the intricate wires inside. Basically, it’s important for regulating the airflow to the engine. Okay… I can see its importance, though I still think it’s way over priced —  just like the over inflated medical costs.

After I got home from the garage, I didn’t feel like posting anything and decided to skip today. However, I reminded myself the commitment I made to post 5 times a week — I can skip only when I have good valid reasons — and being upset about my car is not good enough reason. As I looked through my archives of photos to use with the story, for some unknown reason; these shots made me feel better. Somehow, seeing the photos made me let go of the frustrations I had about the car expense. These photos were taken last July at the golf course pond near my home.

Creepy Date with Macro

Thought it would be fun to go on a bug hunt with Macro today. Although, the date wasn’t as productive as I would have liked. You think there would be bugs everywhere but I guess living in a well manicured neighborhood isn’t a good breeding ground for bugs; too much pesticides, chemicals and such. After a couple of hours walking and searching, we came upon a fly devouring another…

The World of Tiny Details

Here I thought this golf course pond was nothing more than a place for miss shot golf balls and breeding ground for blood sucking mosquitos. Except now, I feel like I have discovered a gold mine.  This pond has forced me to look beyond the norm…  to seek out things that I would not have thought about or felt it would be interesting to photograph. Every time I go there, I learn to see things with a different perspective. Another life lesson from these little creatures… don’t judge a book by its cover. 

I didn’t think much of this fly until I got really up close and personal.

When I saw the details of the wings, I wanted to see more… I spent over an hour chasing and waiting for a fly to sit still.

My patience rewarded… WOW! Creepy but fascinating. I couldn’t believe the amount of details on this little guy and honestly, I never knew what a fly’s feet look like until now. The head is so alien like. It looks more like it belongs in one of those Hollywood horror movies. The movie – “THE FLY” comes to mind…

My Date with Macro

I finally got a macro lens Friday and was looking forward to using it… but of course it rained for the next three days. Rain… rain… go away… come again some other day, I sang before going to bed last night. Well… this morning I was happy to see the song had worked. It was cloudy but no rain. Quickly, I got my gears and headed down to the golf course pond; my new-found playground. I spent the next couple of hours bending, crouching and twisting my body into interesting positions… lost in the world of tiny details. I was on my elbows and knees looking at an interesting plant when I noticed a movement… quickly I refocused and saw two black eyes staring back at me. Wow! I couldn’t believe my luck… and what a nice model this little bug was. It sat and posed for me until I was satisfied with the results.

The joy of Macro photography… this little bug is less than 1/4″ long.