Getting Close

January can be dreary here in the Pacific Northwest. Today was no exception. It was brightened by having the grandkids with us this weekend.

After our morning walk, Skylar, Parker and Liddy were content to play in the back garden so I took the opportunity play in my own way. I fetched out the camera attached my 100mm Macro and had some fun up close and personal. This was one of my first shots.

What i believe to be Reindeer Lichen growing on a shrub in our garden.

What I believe to be Reindeer Lichen growing on a shrub in our garden.

Now understand that I haven’t been too productive with this lens. It is fast, the Canon f/2.8. And it is sharp. It is a great toy tool. The above lichen was shot at f/2.8 which I think now, was not right. I think I should have opened up the depth of field a bit more so that more of the Reindeer Lichen would be in focus. Especially the leaves at the back on the left. I wouldn’t want to overdo it though because I love the way the supporting branch and those lichens fall off so quickly. You get to see what is there, but I don’t feel it distracts from the main event.

An insect reminiscent of a flea stands? in a drop of water clinging to a tree branch.

An insect reminiscent of a flea stands? in a drop of water clinging to a tree branch.

After losing interest in the lichen, I moved on to the maple tree that was covered with water drops. When you get things just right, a water drop becomes a lens that acts like a fisheye. This is what I was looking for. A drop that would provide a different perspective on our house. This bug drinking / feeding our of a water drop was not expected. It was fascinating to watch through the live view on the back of the 50d. It was also a challenge to get any shot worth showing. I’m not overly proud of this one, but I think it is kind of unique.

So we may have drab and dreary weather here in the Northwest, but when the mountains are behind the clouds, there are lots of other subjects to explore.

Please enjoy the moment.

3 thoughts on “Getting Close

  1. Wow Dave, that’s a really great photo. It looks to me like a weavil, or aphid-like insect standing/hanging on the surface tension of that water droplet. No small feat if you think about it.

    It might be worth posting on an entomology blog for a comment on this amazing capability. This may even be an as yet undiscovered species. Trapeezius Davescotti??

    I look forward to your next post.

    Chris

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  2. Thanks Chris
    Don’t think its quite as amazing as you make it. But it is a cool little discovery of my own. Will be getting the Macro lens out more often me thinks.
    Dave

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