28 January 2011

Macro Friday: Winter Vision

Sunflower Husk, January 2011
Winter may seem dull and the photographic opportunities few, but go way up close and things get much more interesting. Although I don't have a true macro lens, I do have a macro filter that I enjoy using and have neglected lately... well, let's be honest: I misplaced it. Lucky me, I found it in a cubby of a roll-top desk I'm trying to clear out so I can refinish it.... Cleaning is good for something, sometimes. So I decided to play along with Macro Friday (thanks to Susan for the link!) and spent a nice hour or so in my backyard, where it is a lovely 54 degrees (F), to study sunflower husks from last summer. What looks like "brown" at first glance turned into a beautifully warm palette of ochres and siennas and... well, whatever other words there are for brown. I had left the sunflowers to dry for the birds, as I always do, hoping they would get sustenance from them and would also drop some on the ground for a new crop this spring. I love how the photo below shows a few seeds left over; while processing the photo I noticed the spiral at the bottom of the seeds -- how cool is that??

One that the Birds Left, January 2011
It was nice to be in the sun for a bit; the kids and I have been sick this week and definitely needed a shot of sunshine. We're due for more sunshine, so I hope to get outside a bit more and also hope to make more jewelry, perhaps drawing on the colors and textures from today's photos. I hope you all enjoy your weekend, too!

Sunflower Husk 2, Jan. 2011

11 comments:

Anna said...

I love this sunflower picture! Thank you for sharing it with us.Nature in winter time is majestic.

love and life ♥ said...

WOW!!! These shots are absolutely gorgeous!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xx

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Love the colourations.

stregata said...

The photos are magnificent!!
Hoping you and the family are feeling better real quick!

Olivia said...

Very pretty. I'm amazed at sunflowers-I grew them last year for the 1st time and they're as pretty when they're dead as they are alive.

Dorian Susan said...

And what you did with that macro filter you found!! These are amazing shots. Love them all. Glad you played along-hope you'll try again next Friday.

Ali said...

Love these photos, beautiful detail and colour.

Ali x

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

ahhh, I love these! I can almost feel the sunshine, all the way up here in rainy Seattle. Beautiful photos, jewelry and blog!

martha brown said...

Your photography is beautiful!

Kristi Bowman said...

Love the photos! I'm curious about your macro filter, I tried to follow the link but it went nowhere. I've been debating about a macro lense, I think I'd enjoy it but the expense has stopped me. Just started a photograghy class today, very exciting!

lisa geiger said...

this series of photographs is simply gorgeous.

wow.