Trying to pay attention…


My macro lens is one of my favorites because with its use I have permission to stare at others. I can spend time intimately observing the tiny, abundant insect communities that most often are ignored. Sometimes I am surprised when my camera captures details and subjects that were unnoticed by me. This image is a prime example of such recorded evidence. I was focused on the Comma butterfly. I saw the one fly above the butterfly. I did not see the one below. And I absolutely did not realize the “spots” on the adjacent leaf were alive!

So much goes on around us all the time that is oblivious to us. Such findings make me keenly aware that my ability to see the world and make sense of it continually needs practice. This is true with people as well as nature.

Comma butterfly with others of the community. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

When a rose is not a rose…


Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)
is a perennial Hibiscus species native to Illinois. This is a rose with no thorns, no arresting fragrance, but a striking presence indeed.

These images look at the subject from the side and rear which draws attention to the patterns and details of this giant blossom.

Beauty in the details. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Details of a large “Rose“. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Swamp Rose Mallow bud and flower. Copyright 207 Pamela Breitberg


 

Look at each element…


Beauty and wonder can be found if everything, every part. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Study each level of detail, the near and the far, the center and the edge to discover nature’s awesomeness. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Shades of an aster…


Micro view of fall Aster. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Micro view of fall Aster. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Along the lake’s edge, close to where the Frost Asters were abundant, was one cluster of Asters with pale violet hues. They appeared to be a soft purple until looked close and the striped pattern was revealed. I’m unsure of the species and wonder if it might be a hybrid Aster.

Unknown Aster along Lake Michigan's shore. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Unknown Aster along Lake Michigan’s shore. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

 

End of summer…


Macro view of Hydrangea bloom and seeds. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Macro view of Hydrangea bloom and seeds. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

Drying on-the-vine Hydrangea

Color-fading blossoms

Flowers turns to seed

Perennial preparation for

A season’s passing days.

 

NOTE: The pink, or blue, color of the Hydrangea is known to be controllable. See the following information: www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/colorchange.html

Closeup of Hydrangea bloom changing to seed. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Closeup of Hydrangea bloom changing to seed. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

Hydrangea seeds in Lincoln Park, Chicago. copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Hydrangea seeds in Lincoln Park, Chicago. copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Light and shadow of a macro view of Hydrangea. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Light and shadow of a macro view of Hydrangea. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Love that macro lens…


I am testing out, enjoying, my new Olympus TG-4 with it’s macro setting. Amazing! I set it to focus on the center square, then I can rearrange the composition before fully pressing the shutter.

Extreme close=up of the tiny Aster bloom. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

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Profusion of Asters, the flowers are less than an inch wide. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg