Looking At Things A Little Differently: A Walk With My Macro Lens.

Looking At Things A Little Differently: A Walk With My Macro Lens.

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As you may have noticed, I have been devoting a lot of my hikes, and blogs,  to looking for  the many of birds  that live in our area and which I have discovered.  with my 400mm lens.  I love this new hobby  but today I decided to take a walk with my macro lens.  I also love to see how beautiful the natural world is close up. And, once again, I wasn’t disappointed. macro walk -5

I walked through my neighborhood first, looking at everyday flowers and weeds then I took the same walk through the ponds and wetlands I have been taking every evening after work. This time, however, I got a much closer look, and it was just as beautiful. macro walk -22

It is still very early in the growing season and many plants are just beginning to put forth their first leaves, such as the oaks. macro walk -28

Others, like the birch and the  ginkgo tree growing in my front yard  already have developed their leaves. And their intricate designs sure look pretty through the macro lens. macro walk -2

I also found it interesting to see the young fruits on some of the trees and plants. These small buds will develop into raspberries by early summer. macro walk -18

And these buds will  grow into grapes by summer’s end. macro walk -11

It is hard to believe these tiny and delicate buds will form black walnuts in the fall. macro walk -10

I was hoping to find a lot more insects, especially bees pollinating the flowers but I actually only saw this one. I hope it is because of the cold weather and not a result of the insecticides so widely used these days. macro walk -14

I also only saw this one spider, a close up, of the critter on the leaf above. macro walk -8

I headed into the woods and turned over a few logs and rocks hoping to find some interesting bugs and insects.  I didn’t find many except these ants and their eggs which,once exposed were quickly carried underground by the worker ants. macro walk -35

I also made this interesting discovery when I turned over a log, a nest of some small mammal, I believe to be a mouse. I didn’t want to try and find out since I didn’t want to disturb it. You never know what you will find if you keep looking. macro walk -31

I found a few blueberry or, as we call them here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, huckleberries. It is amazing to see how the young berries develop. macro walk -26

I headed back home and noticed the ants on my mom’s peony buds. macro walk -41

They are attracted to these buds for some reason and I was able to get  some close ups photos of these  busy creaturesmacro walk -42

some folks may not find these close ups photographs to be as pleasing to the eye as a beautiful cardinal or warbler, but they certainly are beautiful, in their own way, and I sure enjoy this perspective too, Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walk-may-17-2016

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~ Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology. – Ken Rockwellmacro walk -19