Sunday, May 13, 2012

Emerald, Crimson and Gold

One day, about a month ago, I took a walk along the paths which follow the creek in Bowmanville. On the way back, I crossed the paved walkway to take a lesser-known footpath which cuts through a wooded area.


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This tree stump sits close to where this trail begins. The colourful vegetation growing from the upper portion of its surface caught my eye. I decided to take a closer look.




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The late afternoon sunlight was streaming across it from behind, creating a sort of back-lit effect. I was glad I had the macro lens with me.




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With the warmth of the sunlight behind it, this seemingly tiny piece of plant life appeared larger than life to my camera.




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Individual shoots of crimson, emerald and gold rise upwards to find the sun.




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Beneath the surface of the swaying stems, more life is forming, growing and evolving.




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I sat there for about a half hour, snapping image after image in this vibrant, neon world. I'm looking forward to seeing how it's looking one month later. I might just never leave that beautiful old tree stump next time.


Thanks for indulging me. I'll have more photos in a few days. 

40 comments:

Indrani said...

It is a different world.
I wonder if fairies really exist and whether their world is something similar to this.
Lovely shots.

Stephen Hayes said...

Beautiful colors and signs of growth and rejuvenation. I always enjoy your pictures.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Lucky for us, you travelled down a different path.

It must be nice to have your son home, even if it's short visit.

Kamana said...

these reminded me of the delicate corals in the ocean. such beautiful colours.

Dave said...

Macro photography is amazing as it allows us to see so much more of the world we would otherwise never be able to see. These pics are interesting Hilary as I wouldn't have thought to photograph such growth. Good work - Dave

Betty Manousos said...

such exquisite shots!

love them!

enjoy your break!

Robin said...

Some beautiful macros... See you around soon.

Brian Miller said...

oh wow i love the little neon world that you found hilary!

LadyFi said...

What a beautiful macrocosmic world.

Enjoy your time with your son!

CorvusCorax12 said...

great pictures...love macro photography...you never know what you get

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW! Imagine what you and now I would have missed if you had not taken a second look at this. The beauty is in all those tiny details.

Anvilcloud said...

Wow! Those macros are incredible.

Out on the prairie said...

Hope you have a good time, fun exploration of the moss

ellen abbott said...

Oh Hilary. these are beautiful. I love mosses. there is so much we cannot see without the help of a magnifying lens.

TexWisGirl said...

i loved this! an entire world of wonder in the size of your palm.

louciao said...

Not exactly sure why, but I had an urge to shave my legs after viewing this post.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Happy Mother's Day, Hilary! Enjoy your time with your son. :)

LOVE the images you took of the plant life growing on the old stump. Mother Nature sure is a beautiful thing.

Frank Baron said...

Very, very nice. You sure can observe a lot just by watching. (Even when you use mouse vision.) ;)

Anyes said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too Hilary :-)

messymimi said...

Happy Mother's Day.

Linda said...

Wow, Hilary! Just wow!

cloudia charters said...

we share that kneeling down concentration that makes us blog sisters!


lovely gems you took away.


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Red said...

And if that stump isn't in colorful array you won't have to go too far to find one that's colorful. You did a lot of work on this one and it's well worth it. Thanks.

Bob Bushell said...

Colouring is tremendous, and the tree stump is beautiful, magic Hilary.

NitWit1 said...

My photo mind has evolved into a macro, portrait image more often than not. I wish I could afford a true Macro lens but I have some diaopters which will have to serve the purpose. My all purpose zoom lens, does a fair job.

Good work I would still be on the ground, if I dared to kneel. My prostheses knees would do that trick. The newer ones do, but I won't go through that again.

Great series of photos.

Christine said...

So beautiful, I love how the warm grays surround the color in the 3rd shot.

It's so fun to find these things and get lost behind the lens :))

Daryl Edelstein said...

hoping mother's day was filled with love ..

photowannabe said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too Hilary. I'm so glad you have some time with your son before he does his next stint.
Absolutely adore these shots of the growth on the stump.
Your macro looks into another world.
Beautiful.

Nadezda said...

Hello, Hilary. I'm in your blog the first time.
I like the way you show the life of plants, their growth
Nadezda
Saint Petersburg

Gillian Olson said...

Great details, thank you.

chariskalee said...

Wow the color is amazing! Thanks for sharing Hilary! :)

Kerri said...

WOW WOW WOW..... thanks for sharing this beautiful undiscovered world :) Well... discovered by you now :)

Suldog said...

You see so much more than I probably would while taking the same walk. Thanks for showing it to me.

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Those colors are so striking. It's amazing what you can see if you take the time to look.

Zuzana said...

Amazing what we can discover if we only look.;))
Your macro photography is stunning and nature is amazing.;)
xoxo

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

So glad you get to spend time with both of your boys for Mother's Day!

And I'm also glad that you took the time -- and your macro lens -- to photograph that mossy stump. It is a fascinating look into another world.

missing moments said...

I always love looking at the smallness of our world! Great photos Hilary!

Hilary said...

Thanks, everyone. I have been spending very little blogging time lately so I truly appreciate your visits and kind comments here, despite my sporadic appearances at your blogs.

I hope to get back on track before TOO long, but can make no promises. Thanks always for stopping by. You folks are the best!

SandyCarlson said...

I admire your skill at capturing these mini universes!

Barbara said...

It looks like I missed this one when you first posted it. I'm glad you shared the photo so I could enjoy the post! Wishing you a beautiful Sunday evening!