Thursday, February 7, 2013

Little Things

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. ~ Leo F. Buscaglia

monarch caterpiller
A Monarch caterpillar in September, destined one day to be a beautiful butterfly.




spikey seed pods2
Each of these three spiky seed pods are about the size of a blueberry. The photo was taken in November.




spikey seed pods
Here's one up a bit closer.




tiny purple wildflower
A tiny purple wildflower leaning up against an orange construction fence back in September. I thought the contrasting colours looked pretty.




tiny berries
Various stages of decomposition among these Hawthorn berries in late November.




fuzzy departure
Neither the bee nor the flower are in focus but I still enjoyed seeing this unexpected departure from the bloom, back in September.




tiny orange shrooms
Also from September, two tiny orange mushrooms looking much like miniature bells.




wooly bear
Folklore says that these wooly bear caterpillars predict the severity of the upcoming winter by how long their fur grows. Wikipedia dispelled that for me.




drying berries
Berries for the birds. They were already drying out in October.




shaker of salt
This is not exactly in keeping with all of the other images from nature but I like the way the tiny grains of salt show up in the stream of sunlight on the restaurant table top.

More photos coming up soon.

60 comments:

Hilary said...

You always take the loveliest photographs......a bright light in a gloomy day.

Phyllis E. said...

Hi Cuzzie,

Your pictures are the bee's knees (sorry, couldn't help myself - please don't pun-ish me).

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful colors, no matter what the season...

Out on the prairie said...

Fun finds, the square stem on the seed clusters shows it is a mint,horsemint.I know my season is going to change when I see wooly bears.

Brian Miller said...

nice...beautiful...it is the little things that inspire me as well....

Brian Miller said...

the perspective on the salt shakers and the shadow and light in it is really cool...

Daryl said...

'cause we all know Wikipedia is so accurate ....

love love love these macros .. once again i am wondering why i don't use mine more ...

Jo said...

Great captures, Hilary. I love the mushrooms, that color is so wow. The spiky pods remind me of little hungry birds.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I can't believe how clearly the little fuzzies on the caterpillar are shown. I hate those squigglers, but the photos are cool!

Bob Bushell said...

Well, this is special, the caterpillars right down to the salt, wow, cheers Hilary.

Stephen Hayes said...

I do hope that monarch caterpillar's destiny is to become a beautiful butterfly, that is if the birds don't snack on it.

Lisa Gordon said...

Beautiful macros, Hilary!
I especially love the caterpillar.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I loved the perfect quote you chose with the first picture :)

Raajii said...

I enjoy the little things so much! These shots are so brilliantly done :-)

Mimi said...

Aw Hilary, these photos have brought so many smiles to my face.
I particularly love that you can mix nature outdoor shots with an indoor one, and it works so well.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your nature photos are always so beautiful, leaving me with inspiration to get out and shoot more than just birds. I love the purple thistle flanked by the red of the fence. The bee/flower shot is enough in focus to appreciate the moment.

Cloudia said...

wow you are an awesome photog!



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messymimi said...

You make caterpillars look cute!

Kerry said...

It's a tease, how these load so leisurely, but sooo worth it. I'm in love with that monarch caterpillar, how it comes into focus. Awesome. The seed pods too!

Russell said...

I join with those before me in saying I really enjoyed looking at these images.

You say the bee and purple flower are not in focus but that is a great image in my opinion. I don't think they look out of focus- I think it is a nice effect.

I agree that the salt shaker is extremely interesting.

Take care.

Red said...

The camera has helped us to take a close up look at many things we would never see with the naked eye. Many of these photos are also very colorful as well as giving us a detailed look.

Glo said...

Superb photos! Lovely seeing such brilliant close-ups of little things in the wonderful world of nature...and shakers ;)

Linda said...

I really liked the composition in the picture of the monarch caterpillar. The seed pods made me think of baby birds in a nest, waiting for Mama to drop some food into their open mouths. The purple flower and the wooly bear caterpillar are both wonderful shots.

Leave It To Davis said...

Oh to be able to take a picture like yours...you are continually amazing.

Indrani Ghose said...

Excellent captures!

Barbara Shallue said...

I love walking around with you and your camera!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Love love love your photos!! And the theme...fabulous! Always well done and beautiful!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Along These Lines ..... said...

Who knew little cubic crystals of NaCl could be so much fun.

ellen abbott said...

You continue to amaze and entertain me with your beautiful view of the world.

yaya said...

I was thinking the bee shot was my favorite but the salt shot was too cool! Love it!

Betty Manousos said...

aw, hilary, i was about to use "little things" as a post title on my blog today...looks like we both had similar inspiration! hehe.


these are breathtakingly beautiful!
such a perfect composition, and i love the wonderful tones.

i am always amazed at your excellent photographic skills!

happy weekend~

Dianne said...

I love the wee caterpillars
and the purple wildflower

and you :)

hugs from me and Hope

Kerri said...

You had me at the caterpillar .....
LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!

missing moments said...

Love the mushroom and walks with you.

Kat said...

Absolutely amazing photos! I just love caterpillars. And that bumble bee in flight! WOW!
Beautiful!

A Cuban In London said...

I'm still thinking of the caterpillar! :-) Marvellous photos. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: What a joy it is to see a post open with a quote from Leo Buscaglia. I loved his presentations on PBS. He is missed! The photos are great, as always, but the last one of the salt shaker made me laugh. It's good to try something a little out of the ordinary! Fun!

lime said...

i love the depth of field on the caterpillar and how you captured the bee in flight. so skillfully done!

photowannabe said...

As always I just love the way you see the world.
Beautiful photos.
The two orange mushrooms are fascinating.
Have a great weekend Hilary.

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful. I love the one of the bee and the flower. The bee looks so relaxed, sated.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

The bee in motion is a spectacular shot! And after seeing those little orange-capped mushrooms, I have this urge to watch "Fantasia" again...

Anvilcloud said...

You do little things so well that I am tempted to send you the X-Ray of my brain to photograph.

ds said...

I love your "little things" because they remind us what a simple and wonderful thing paying attention can be. Thank you.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I love the story that monarch butterflies go to mexico from Canada each year, stopping on the end of a peninsula on Lake Erie together before braving the trip across!

Maggie May said...

Love the bee going into the flower...... the glimpse of the inside of the hollow tree and the furry caterpillar.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Mage said...

I thought of you this week when I found this blog via a link on Tugster's blog.

http://johndupee.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/departure-6/

Karen said...

Ahhh, I always feel so peaceful after checking out your blog. Lovely pictures, and that surprise bee was neat!

rosaria williams said...

Each is a precious jewel! These are appreciated best when we are stuck indoor for so long!
Thanks.

Dhara said...

Nature is my best friend. Watching your pictures was pure bliss..
You have a very lively & beautiful blog. Following you.

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Thank you
Dhara

louciao said...

I love the colours of the caterpillar and how the front part of him almost forgot what the back section was doing (kind of like in a rock'n'roll band), and how the bee looks as if it's about to be sucked into the vortex of the rose almost against his will. Probably quite inappropriately, this post reminds me of the old song "Little Things" by Bobby Goldsboro. Do you happen to know it?

christopher said...

Beautiful...and whatever their lore the wooly bear caterpillars still look pretty cool.

ladyfi said...

Oh, I love the focus and composition of each shot. Just gorgeous!

Dave said...

What a fascinating eclectic collection of photos Hilary. I specially liked the monarch caterpillar and the bee with the rose. They were all brilliant! - Dave

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

beautiful

Shammickite said...

Very weird.... I can see your blog if I use the lap top but if I try to see it on the old PC, everything seizes up! Don't know why! That's why you haven't seen me comment for a while. Will try to use the laptop more often, just so I can see your super pictures

Mage said...

RYN: Yes, I think the bottom line for me wasn't the pain or the new limits, it was a doctor asking me if I had considered alternatives to the shot and that I was bone on bone. I began considering.

Yes, that's a four fold Chinese screen. It's not a very good one, but it is a good thing for such a small thrift store as ours is.

Giga said...

Mimo, że nie lubię gąsienic, wolę już motyle, podziwiam Twoje pierwsze zdjęcie. Pozostałe też mi się oczywiście podobają. Pozdrawiam.
Although I do not like track, I'd have butterflies, I admire your first shot. The other, of course, also I like. Yours.

Jayne said...

Amazing macro images, Hilary. Those mushroom do look like bells, or tiny lanterns illuminating the tree bark. :)

Linda said...

I love the woolly worms, as we call them around here. They have a woolly worm festival near here, but I've never been.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Up close and very personal!