Small Lizard

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Clearly, it’s early and my creative juices for titles aren’t flowing 🙂

Spotted this little guy in a park near my house. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you can tell that I actually have a few great parks nearby which I enjoy visiting with my camera. This lizard’s body is about the length of a middle finger. I like the detail of his scales, the blue around his eye, even the pupil with its ring of brown. I sure was glad he posed for me as I was walking past with my zoom lens!

I wonder what he was thinking as he saw me walking by, and fixed me with his reptile eye?

Dewdrops on Spiderweb

 

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I was holding my breath as I was taking pictures of this cobweb, because so many times the preview on the little screen on my camera isn’t the same as when I put the picture onto my laptop screen. I’m very pleased with this result!

I took this picture at the Dallas Arboretum this past weekend. Yes, an interesting time to visit Dallas, to be sure (one road downtown was still blocked off for the crime scene) but I’d been planning to do this trip for about 6 months and decided to go for it. I bopped around downtown on Saturday and did the Arboretum on Sunday (where there were tons of people playing Pokemon Go, by the way).

I’ve used my macro filters before, but didn’t have much luck putting them on my zoom lens (55-250 mm). But after playing around with it maybe a month ago I found that the range that was in focus was way smaller than I had anticipated. I had to hold the zoom lens almost directly next to the object I was photographing, but then it gave a great effect of macro with a limited area in focus.

So I was pretty excited when I realized I could try the same technique on this spiderweb. I got a whole series of shots but this gives you the idea. The water was just sitting there, sparkling in the sunlight. I saddled right up to it and I could feel people’s questions as they went around me. For these shots, it was absolutely worth it!

Replenished

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Experimenting with my macro filters. Spotted this leaf and thought it might make an interesting shot with the patterns and limited amount of range of focus from the filter. This was not a very large leaf, but I really like how big it seems when you zoom in.

This picture makes me think of a cool morning in a forest. The birds are chirping, and God has brought forth the dew to water the thirsty ground. I imagine a scene of perfect beauty, and satisfaction, because the plant’s important needs are met: sunlight and water. I also like the imagery of being so full that extra water must reside on the leaf for a time. How do you feel today? Dried up and shriveled, or lush and green, and replenished?

Reminds me of the contrast in Psalm 1:

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

New and Old

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Still enjoying learning how to use my first prime lens, the “Nifty Fifty.” I was walking through some nature trails a few weeks ago and spotted this. I was intrigued by how the dead leaf was being suspended by the newer ones which were still attached to the plant. I never would have stopped to notice the crisp details on the leaf had it not been dead and had it not been stopped from reaching the ground. Makes me wonder what analogies lie there for life… can you think of any?

Vibrant Leaves

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I took this picture at a park in Clear Lake, Texas very soon after I first bought my “real” camera. I could not believe the difference between the vibrancy and detail of the new camera compared to my old point-and-shoot. It was like an upgrade from VHS to Blu-Ray.