Sparkling Lime

This one is easy with the right equipment

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Here’s another try with my macro lens.  Once again, I have taken instruction on how to do cool macros from Mike Moats.  This is actually easy to do and produces very impressive macros of bubbles.  All you need is a glass, a piece of fruit and some sparkling water.  A little playing with getting the right level of bubbles and lighting that highlights the details and voila!  I like the results.

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Go here to see full instructions: Lemon, Sparkling Water, and a Glass

 

Featured Image:
Macro of Lime in Sparking Water
Nikon D7100
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/3 sec – ISO 100

Busy as a Bee

Getting up close and personal in the sunflower fields.

Bees were plentiful and hard at work collecting pollen from as many flowers as possible.  It was really entertaining to watch them compete with each other and the butterflies.  It’s also amazing to look at the detail of the seedhead on the sunflower.  Looks like a field of tiny flowers inside of a single flower.  Nature is so cool!

Fausetts Farms Horse Trails and Sunflowers
11336 Highway 136 W
Dawsonville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/10 – 1/100 sec – ISO 100

Ailanthus webworm (Atteva aurea)

We spotted this colorful insect on the sunflowers not even knowing it was a moth

My wife Joyce, spotted this little bug on one of the sunflower plants that we were enjoying at Fausetts Farm.  Of course, since I was trying out my recently acquired macro lens, I had to get a few shots.  I am learning quickly how hard it is to get precise focus when hand-holding for a macro shot.  Maybe if my hands were steadier, it would not be so hard but, there’s not much I can do about that.  I think the tripod is out next time.

In any event, we went home wondering what the heck kind of insect this was.  Our good friend Jan Waters knew right away.  It’s strange how this little moth never opened its wings during the time I was trying to get a clear shot.  I would have liked to see it opened up but the orange black and white markings made it very interesting to see just like this.

Fausetts Farms Horse Trails and Sunflowers
11336 Highway 136 W
Dawsonville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/10 – 1/800 sec – ISO 800

Cotton Pickin’ Time

Nature knows when it is harvest time even when the weather doesn’t seem to want to change seasons

It’s the first of October and we are finally moving into less hot weather!  I went with the Roswell Photographic Society on our annual walk around Historic Roswell on Saturday.  The walk started out from the Smith House Plantation which is where I got the image above.

If you don’t recognize this, it is the back side of a leaf from a cotton plant.  Those are cotton bolls still on the stem behind it.  In spite of the fact that summer has not quite let loose its hold on Atlanta yet, the cotton plants can tell that it is autumn and so, you get these interesting colors.  Most of the leaves were still bright green but a few like this one were turning to display this green-on-red pattern that outlines all the veins and makes the detail stand out.

Smith Plantation
935 Alpharetta Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/320 sec – ISO 800