Sunshine and rain

Rain is one of those things we both love and hate.  When the skies turn dark and the heavens open up to dump water on us we huddle in whatever shelter we can find.  Cloudy days can dampen the spirit but, when the sun comes back out, we see the world anew.

Although this flower would be beautiful to look at anytime, I though this scene was so much more with raindrops and sun peeking through the petals.  Water and light can add so much to the image.  The sparkles and contrasts that come out are fantastic.  I do love to capture the aftermath of a rainstorm but I can’t say that I look forward to the time before or during the event.  Of course, this is so much better than the times when we have had drought conditions so, I’ll take the rain anytime.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/11 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400

#macro #RoseOfSharon #waterdrops #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

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My little Chickadee

Although this may be one of the most common birds around, the chickadee is really a work of art when you take the time to appreciate it.  Perhaps one of the cutest birds to watch, they hop about and turn their heads constantly.  Always looking around to see what is interesting.  Always seeming to be curious of everything in it’s environment.

When you look at the patterns and textures in its feathers, there are such beautiful lines and subtle shades that let you know how delicate and fuzzy they are.  It is a wonderful way to pass the time, seeing how magnificently complex and beautiful nature is.  How do we miss this so often?

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/60sec – ISO 400

#BirdWatching #birds #BlackCappedChickadee #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Reaching out

Plants are almost always reaching out toward the sun.  When you look at the detail of a flower, there is usually a part reaching out to attract visitors.  A place for bees and butterflies to land and pick up a little pollen to spread around.  In this view, the stamen of the flower seem to reach out like little arms calling us to come closer.

Once again, I have fallen for the charms of these beautiful plants and gotten pulled in.  Hope that never stops happening.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
185mm @ f/10 – 1/160 sec – ISO 200

#macro #daylily #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Busy as a bee

With all the flowers blooming these days, the pollinators have been very busy.  I was looking at the beautiful Rose of Sharon flowers that are decorating my yard and noticed how many bees were doing the same.  The bright pink petals of this hibiscus relative, are very happy with the warm, rainy days we have had lately.  As a result, there is an awful lot of pollen needing to be spread around.

The bees are well prepared for this job and are hard at it from what I can see.  Although I was hoping for a shot with more detail, you can see how this bee is covered in pollen as he explores the bright flower.  I watched the bees, waiting for a chance to get in close and grab an image but they didn’t sit still for long.  Each bee would fly to a flower and immediately burrow into the center looking for nectar.  This made them only half-visible and as soon as they had completed their inspection, they flew off to the next one.

Between the profuse flowering I’m seeing now and all the work the bees are putting in, I expect there will be lots of new plants popping up.  The rose of sharon bushes self-propogate pretty readily anyway so it’s pretty much a sure thing.  It’s good to see that nature carries on even when we humans make it so challenging.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/10 – 1/400 sec – ISO 200

#macro #RoseOfSharon #BumbleBee #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Three in a Row

Selective focus can be tricky sometimes.  In this image, I wanted to make the middle of these three cone flowers be the focal point.  I knew the flower in the distance would be out of focus but wasn’t sure how much detail would work for the one in the foreground.  I thought about going with a very small aperture to get a little more depth but, I’m hapy with how this one really zeroes in on the center one and makes that jump out at you.

I had to do some bouncing around in my little patch of flowers to find an angle where the blooms lined up.  In this case, I found a spot where there was a tree as the background.  This turned out very nice because there is so much green in most of the area and the muted browns made this a composition where the colors on the flower were highlihgted without too much contrast in the scene.

Even the simplest subjects can make a good image but, it’s often the background that determines how it turns out.  This is a good example of how working with all the components of the scene made what could have been very plain turn into something more interesting.  I like how this one turned out.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
110mm @ f/10 – 1/400 sec – ISO 200

#macro #ConeFlowers #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Yep, another one

Yeah, I know, I’m on a kick.  Just can’t resist getting a close look at day lilies and sharing what I see.  In this case, I got some raindrops to add even more texture.  Flower close-ups are such a pleasure.  Warning – you could see even more!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
125mm @ f/11 – 1/320 sec – ISO 400

#macro #daylily #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Shades of yellow

I have been more and more fascinated with the shapes and colors of the daylilies I am seeing now.  This yellow one just seems to create a vortex of color with lines that pull you into the center and at the same time explode out of the same spot and push those pollen-covered stamen into your face.

What a parade of color!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/14 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

#macro #daylily #closeup #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron