Not a tomato

I keep finding these little yellow “fruits” in my backyard.  They actually grow on little weeds that keep cropping up.  Through the summer, these are small thorn-covered plants that I try to pull up.  The thorns often keep me from just grabbing them so, some survive.  In the fall, you seee the yellow fruit which look just like cherry tomatoes.

I was interested in them because of the color, the thorns and the shape.  It seemed like something to study for a nature composition.  The leaf is actually from a hydrangea which was larger and had nicer texture than the weed.  It is amazing to see what nature produces in the things we normally ignore.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 0.2 sec – ISO 200

#autumn #closeup #colors #detail #fruit #hydrangea #yellow #leaves #macro #Nature #Photography  #WithMyTamron #vanguard #Nikon


Kiwano melon

We took a trip to the grocery store this week to search for interesting objects to try in macro and came across this.  On the outside, it is pumpkin orange with a delicate pattern and little spikes all over.  On the inside, it is neon green with tons of seeds.  It has a mild flavor something like a kiwi with a bit of a bananna on the side.

Cucumis metuliferus, also known as the horned melon, kiwano, african cucumber, jelly melon, or blowfish fruit, is an annual vine in the cucumber and melon family. Native to Sub-Saharan Africa, it is one of the few sources of water during the dry season in the Kalahari Desert.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
ProMaster LED120SS LED light
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/5 –  1/200 sec – ISO 500

#Kiwano #BlowfishFruit #AfricanHornedMelon #CucumisMetuliferus #macro#macrophotography #detail #closeup #colorful #Nikon #AtlantaGA

Sparkling Lime

This one is easy with the right equipment

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.


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

Georgia Peaches are ripe and 97°-Must be Summer in Atlanta!

It’s really hot outside but a trip to the Roswell Farmer’s Market is a nice way to start the weekend.

So, it’s the weekend and I just got a new camera to try out.  Well it’s actually not “new” but I picked up a Nikon D7100 from my friend who just bought a D500.  Anyway, I wanted to go out and give my new baby a try.

Early Summer in Atlanta

We thought about several options for a short day trip but quickly realized – it’s way too hot out there!!  Yes, the forecast for the day was a high of 97 degrees (thats 36° C) and at 10:00 AM we were already at 94°.  I needed a choice which would give us something that would be in the shade and not take too long.  The obvious choice: the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market which is just around the corner and is held on Saturday mornings from April thru October.

The market is a great attraction for locals to grab a cup of coffee and a nice bakery item for breakfast.  Get some fresh local produce, browse through a variety of crafts of just watch people and listen to live music which is there often.  The one thing that my wife and I almost always do when here, is get some peaches.

Georgia Peaches

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Peaches being in season is a sure sign that Summer has arrived.  We love getting this sweet natural treat and buying from local growers is definitely the way to go.  It was also fun just to visit with the family members who were here selling their farm produce.  This weekend, the peaches came from Carroll Farms located in Woodbury, Georgia.

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Guess who’s in charge around here?

As much as we enjoyed the visit, we were feeling the heat pretty quickly and needed to get back in the air-conditioning before we melted into the asphalt of the parking lot.  The peaches are ripening on our kitchen counter now and I also brought home a very tasty Caribean Lime/Coconut cake.  We will need to go back and see what’s there next week if the whole city doesn’t go up in flames before then.

Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market
Roswell City Hall
38 Hill Street
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro

#Atlanta #ATL #RoswellFarmersMarket #photography #WithMyTamron #Nikon #shopping #market #farmersmarket #peaches #GeorgiaPeaches #fresh #CarrollFarmsPeaches