Serenity | In Weeding and Gardens

I know you are probably thinking I am loosing my mind saying there is serenity in weeding but let me explain. First of all I am the furthest from a good gardener. I really know nothing about what it is like to have a green thumb. That said, 15 months ago I purchased a few small plants to designate a small part of my yard as a butterfly and hummingbird garden. My first mistake was not to mark what and where I planted these teeny plants. My second mistake was to not keep control of the weeds in this area. So last summer, I was pretty disappointed in the growth of this garden. However, this year the two butterfly bushes and Joe Pye weeds decided to grow like crazy as well as a couple of other miscellaneous plants that I *think* I planted. However, again this year I let the weeds overtake this area and I decided this weekend I needed to tackle it.

OK why is this serenity, well the hours I have spent out in my little garden allowed me to be up close and personal to some of the most beautiful tiny creatures that share my backyard with me. I grabbed my macro lens and in between weeding I captured the beauty of these creatures that lives in their own small little world.

Here is a sampling of the critters that posed for me. Most of these bugs I didn’t bother to identify but I did recognize a woolly caterpillar, some butterflies, a host of baby tree frogs (oh so cute) and of course some flowers.




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Macro Monday and Spring Break

I didn’t shoot a ton over our spring break but instead enjoyed some much needed chill time with the kids. But here is a pretty freelensed shot of my magnolia in bloom.

Macro Monday and Cherry Blossoms

I am lucky that my cherry tree decided to hold off blooming until after all that nastiness we got in the middle of the month. Now I can enjoy some beautiful cherry blossoms for this Macro Monday. I used my Helios and did some freelensing. We were lucky to have one day this weekend with amazing weather. Bring on spring!

And now head over to the talented Iris Nelson to see her Macro Monday shots. 🙂

Macro Monday and First Day of Spring?

Yesterday morning we got yet another dusting of snow, just before the first day of spring. But before it all melted off the trees, I grabbed my macro and captured some shots as the sun was just rising.

And now head over to the super talented Tiffany Kelly to see her macro shots on the first day of spring. 😀

Macro Monday and Magnolia Almost

Happy Macro Monday. It was a brutally cold weekend around here just to prep ourselves for the Nor’easter headed this way. But before we are buried under a foot or more of snow (I’m still holding on to the fact that it could be just a rumor) I went outside to take a few photos of the almost blooming magnolia with my new Lensbaby Trio set to twist on my Fuji to practice and see if it would do a little freelensing. I hope the flowers survive the deep freeze this week and still blossom.

I am pretty happy with how this one turned out. It was pretty hard to freelens but that could just mean I need more practice on a nicer day.

I also shot a few with my canon macro lens too. Here is my fave:

And now head over to the amazing Tiffany Kelly and see what she has for us on this Monday.

Macro Monday and Colored Roses

I got a pretty bouquet of multi-colored roses at Costco post Valentine’s Day. My original thought was a dark and moody shoot but we had such a beautiful, warm and sunny weekend that I couldn’t resist taking them outside for some bright light shots. My daughters were also in on the fun and it was their idea to play with some color theory and they placed them in front of their color opposite for these shots. It’s so fun to shoot with help from my girls.

Please head over to my friend Iris Nelson to see what she has for us on this Macro Monday.

Macro Monday and Winter

In the winter I’m not all that motivated to shoot. Its dark and cold and dreary. But we did have one good weekend day that was a little warmer than normal so I thought I would get out in the yard and look for some lovely dead crap to photograph. Here’s what I found for this week.

Please now head over to my friend Iris Nelson and see what she has for us on this Monday Morning.

Macro Monday and More Ice

We haven’t had a ton of snow but we did have a second ice storm. I played the next morning when the sun was shining before all the ice melted with my helios. I freelensed these both the normal way and the reverse macro way. It was a beautiful morning.

Macro Monday and African Violets

My mother has quite the green thumb with these African Violet plants and I was the lucky recipient of one. I’ve been meaning to take some shots of the beautiful, purple, shimmery flowers with my Velvet56. Super pretty.

African violet macro African violet macro

Head over to my friend and super talented Tiffany Kelly to see her macro shot on this Monday.

Macro Monday And Velvet56 Freelensing

A forgotten image from when I used my Lensbaby Velvet56 to freelens. I love the DOF and softness of this image.

ranunculus freelensing

Please head over to the talented Iris Nelson to see her Macro Monday shot for today.

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