How close?

How close?

I’m on a bit of a macro roll at the moment. So, if that’s not your ‘cup of tea’, there will be a bit more variety next week.

With this echinacea, I’ve chosen to post this image rather than the (even) closer versions. I think the inclusion of some of the petals and the washed out background helps to frame the cone in the centre of the flower.

If you’re interested in the super-close-up versions, check out Flickr.

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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Up close and… amazing

Up close and… amazing

I love macro photography. I’m continually surprised, delighted, and awestruck by the amazing detail in each flower. Completely marvellous.

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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After the bud

After the bud…

… the flower!

I think this variety is called ‘Single Lilac’. The flowers don’t last for long, but they are delicate and beautiful. And, they are followed by a lovely seedhead.

I love the way that the sun is shining on the top of the seedhead. I love the fact that we have sun in Scotland!

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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Poppy-bud

Poppy-bud

Last year we planted some annual poppies. We decided to leave the seedheads through the winter – partly because they looked good, but mainly to see if they would self-seed.

I’m pleased to say that they have self-seeded… a bit. I’d like to have more of them, but I can’t be too greedy, given that they are effectively ‘free’.

I think this flowerbud looks quite threatening!

Taken in our garden, Perth, Scotland.

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Flying saucers #1

Flying saucers #1

This close-up shot of saxifrage flowers is a bit ‘out of this world’.

I think they’re lovely when they bloom in their frothy way. And when I zoomed in on them, I noticed the amazing form of each flowerhead.

This revelation reminded me of a favourite quotation from Abraham Joshua Heschel:

The perception of glory is a rare occurrence in our lives. We fail to wonder, we fail to respond to the presence. life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.

 

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Sometimes we need to step aside from our routines and create some space for wonder.

Taken in our garden in Perth, Scotland.

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