The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Macro Moments Challenge

American Beauty rosebud

Spring is certainly here! By mid-April, I am a paper-grading machine! But I did stop to smell the roses, at least to capture some lovely photos for the Macro Moments Photography Challenge #36, hosted by Musin’ with Susan.

This month’s macro theme explores “bokeh” shapes in the background. I’m still a newb in many ways, but I managed to capture the little bokeh buggers behind my glorious American Beauty roses. This shot was taken in macro mode with my Panasonic Lumix FZ300.

In fact I’m such a newb that I had to google “bokeh” just to be sure. Check out this website,  It states: “Bokeh is an optical effect in which the background of a photo is blurred. The blur is produced by taking photos with a shallow depth of field.”

I believe I got lucky! To celebrate, I found this delightful quote:

“The Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


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American Beauty Rose, "The Earth laughs in flowers." Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This was also submitted for the weekly photo challenge: Earth.

The April Flowers link-up is still taking your beautiful floral links through April 30th. All links are tweeted and pinned. Visit some other blogs and enjoy the garden while you are there!

46 thoughts on “The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Macro Moments Challenge

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      1. My dad was artistic, but didn’t do pictures often. He was an engineer. But that photo reminded me of a picture he drew of a single rosebud in a golden vase in the late 50s, early 60s. I remember thinking how beautiful the bud was with water. I still love flowers with water drops on them. Of course, who doesn’t?

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  3. Your lovely photos made me happy this morning. it has been a gray April week with overcast skies and cool temps. The snow is gone but the buds and leaves are poised in suspended animation until we get a sunny day to coax them to open up. Your roses were just what I needed today.


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