Experiments in photography, jewelry making, mosaics, and other artistic obsessions
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!