Macro view of sunflower

Sunday Stills: #Macro or Close-Up Photography; Is there a Difference?

This week's Sunday Stills theme is "macro-anything." Now what does this mean exactly? Macro photography is also considered close-up photography. However, using a true macro lens yields the sharpest, tiniest details whereas a closeup may not show each detail. I got a close-up shot of my resident Anna hummingbird perched after feeding. She was quite …

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Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

The WordPress weekly photo challenge asks us to... ..."celebrate the end of the year, by sharing the most meaningful (or favorite) photo you’ve taken in 2017." It has been a great year for photography buffs. I certainly was excited to get my first "real" camera, although I have great success with my mobile phone! Today …

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Dying rose still glorious

Unexpected Beauty of a Dying Rose

Spring is still in the air with crazy weather in the form of hot temps one day and cold rain two days later. With big changes, spring flowers are abundant. I just love smelling the fragrant air as I walk through my neighborhood, especially with the star jasmines and roses blooming! For Musin' with Susan's …

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

The Earth Laughs in Flowers: Macro Moments Challenge

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, …

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Macro photo of poppy

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34–Papery Poppy

My new camera and I are getting along just fine! Still have a lot to learn, but the macro close-ups are FUN!! I couldn't resist submitting another #April Flower for my Seasonal Sensations link-up, still going on! If you tried to link Friday, Inlinkz was having issues with my account. Everything is working perfectly, so …

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Raindrops sit delicately atop a spring rose bud

Atop: Raindrops on Roses

Atop , this week's photo challenge theme, can mean so many things and provide hundreds of different perspectives. I decided to go macro and explore raindrops atop roses. The featured image of this American Beauty rosebud is also submitted for the Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34 "Spring Has Sprung," hosted by Musin' with Susan. Just for …

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Clover Close-up

Macro Moments Challenge–Week 32: Clovers

I'm excited to submit this macro photo of these clovers  for Musin' with Susan's Macro Moments Challenge. This photo was taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. I cropped, added contrast and HDR, framed, and watermarked with PicMonkey premium. Wild clovers grow in my backyard. Right now, due to all the rain, my backyard is mostly …

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Brodie the Boykin Spaniel, 10 weeks old

Macro Moments Week 31: Poopy Little Puppy

I caught Brodie's cute little puppy face right after he got in trouble for leaving a "present" in the hallway. It's tough being an active, 10-week old Boykin Spaniel while the rain keeps coming down here in California! This photo was taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ 300, and post-edited in PicMonkey. Feel free to …

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Hummingbird enjoying his shower

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 30–Birds

A few weeks ago, as the never-ending much-needed rain trickled to a drizzle, my resident hummingbird enjoyed fluffing his feathers after a well-deserved feeding. We are all used to seeing hummingbirds in flight, we may forget they actually perch! Submitted for Musin' with Susan's Macro Moments Challenge Photographed with my Panasonic Lumix FZ300 in full …

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Hurry up Spring!

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 26

Fellow Northern Californian and photographer/blogger Susan is still taking your macro photos for this week's challenge. Here is mine, titled, "Hurry Up, Spring!" This is last year's yellow crocus, fresh after a light rain! Shot with my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. Watch out though, I'm upping my game with a "real" camera! The Macro Moments Challenge …

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fall leaves from a macro perspective

Autumn Leaves: Macro Moments Week 18

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I take loads of photos of all sorts of configurations of leaves. In October, while taking a walk around my brother-in-law's neighborhood in Spokane, Washington, (where autumn was in full swing), instead of looking up at leaves on trees, I looked down. This is what I saw. I …

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candy closeup

Nostalgic About Halloween Candy

Halloween is right around the corner and the stores are loaded with bags of candy for trick-or-treaters. I love my weekly photo challenges and I couldn't believe that the planets (or pumpkins?) aligned for a photo challenge trifecta! Nothing is more nostalgic than a bowl of candy for Halloween. I remember loving Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie …

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