“Green”House Update

Almost exactly one month ago, I published a post showing you the milkweed seeds that I had just planted to provide food for the monarch caterpillars which I hope to entice into my garden this summer.  I thought that on Earth Day I would update you on their progress.

The first picture is when they were first planted.  They were just seeds buried in the soil. The second was taken yesterday.  Flourishing seedlings! I just uncovered them because they were getting too tall for the plastic lid which created a mini-greenhouse.

Greenhouse Window

Greenhouse Window

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Nature’s Palette

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Earth.  My spiritual energy flows from the beauty in the natural world.

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Macro Moments Challenge #36

Congratulations to Khürt, a relatively new participant, for submitting the winning entry to Challenge #35.  Khürt’s beautiful photo is called Rue Anemone and he includes lots of information about his settings and taking the shot in his post.  Please visit Khürt at Island in the Net to see more of his beautiful work.  

rue anemone

An Announcement, Choosing the Challenge Theme:

It seems that we have better participation when there is a theme to the challenge, so the theme for this challenge is “Bokeh”.  I’m borrowing an idea from a Facebook group challenge that I participate in, “Self Taught Photographers”.  The winner gets to choose the next theme, so, Khürt, please send me your choice for our next theme.  

Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh is defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.  Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique, achieved with a large aperture (smaller f-stop),  to create images like the one below, with prominent out-of-focus regions.  It is very important to pinpoint your focus in order to achieve sharpness in the exact area that you want. 

Olympus 60mm macro lens, 1/320 sec, f4.0, ISO 200

This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other.  Please join in!  A new challenge begins on the first and third Wednesday of each month and I announce the winner from the previous challenge when I  post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be used as the banner in the announcement for the next challenge, unless I am requested not to use it.  The winner will also get to choose the theme for the next challenge.

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro or close-up photo from this week or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments Challenge: # (insert the challenge #)”.
  • Add the photo to your post and a brief description. I would love to know, as I am sure others would, too, what camera and lens you used and your settings.
  • You may submit more than one photo, but submit each in a separate post if you want to be included in the judging.
  • Deadline for submitting your entries is 8:00 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, Pacific Time.
  • Create a * pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section.
  • Tag your post Macro Moments so others can find it.

If you’re not sure how to create a pingback,  Here are instructions

The following bloggers also submitted entries to Challenge # 35.  Please pay them a visit to view their work.

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2017/04/05/macro-moments-week-35-pineapple/

https://learawrites.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/macro-moments-challenge-35/

https://pitammm.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/macro-moments-week-35/

https://sprawly.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/macro-moments-35/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/there-be-dragons-2/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/incy-wincy-early-lunch/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/leading-you-up-the-garden-path-10/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/lets-do-the-timewarp-again-its-just-a-jump-to-the-left/

 

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OMG!

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Surprise.  When I saw this week’s theme, I immediately thought of this photo.  We were on a sunset cruise in Zimbabwe and I wanted a photo of a boat on the river. I saw this one close to the shore, and took my shot. It wasn’t until I uploaded it from my camera that I realized why they had stopped at that particular place–elephants, lots of them!!  A big surprise for me!

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Broken

This week Dutch is challenging us to submit a photo depicting Something Broken. Sometimes what comes out of our camera is very broken, such as the top photo.  I was able to fix it somewhat in Lightroom, but it still belongs in the “rejected” pile.  A reminder that we might make lots of mistakes, but suddenly there will be a “keeper”.

 

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Routine

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Security.  I took this photo this morning to use for Dutch’s Tuesday Challenge Morning.  I think it also works for this week’s Daily Post challenge.  Security is my morning routine–check FB, WP and email; cup of coffee and the newspaper. I am now submitting it to Bernadette’s  Senior Salon, because I think it might give other contributors a chuckle.

Good Morning

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Networking in the Blogging World

Excited to be featured this morning on CurryNCode’s site Life Less Ordinary .  Please take a look and meet CurryNCode and the bloggers that she features Bloggers You Might Like .

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Good Morning

This week Dutch is challenging us to submit a photo depicting Good Morning. Here is my submission–

Good Morning

 

 

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Macro Moments Challenge #35

It’s good to be back.  March had five Wednesdays, so it’s been three weeks since the last challenge posted!  Congratulations to justpat1 of  https://pitammm.wordpress.com/ for submitting the winning entry to Challenge #34.  Pat’s photo is of a yellow columbine and I love everything about it; the composition, light, color, and soft bokeh https://pitammm.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/macro-moments-week-34/

Please pay Pat a visit to view more beautiful work.  No special theme this week, just macro or close-up.

Yellow Columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha

Shot with a Canon Rebel Xsi, 100mm, 5.6f, 1/100 sec, ISO 200. 

Instructions for participating in the challenge are found at the end of this post.

Macro or Close-Up?

This section is reposted from an earlier challenge. Many newer photographers struggle to understand the difference between true macro and close-up photography.  Macro photography has a magnification ratio of 1:1, meaning that it is depicted on the digital sensor in it’s actual size.  I shot this penny with my macro lens set to 1:1.

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Shot with my Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens, 1/125 sec, f11, ISO 200, 60mm

 Close up photography means depicting your subject at close range so that the subject fills the frame.  Close-up photography is not always true macro photography. The photo below, is from a photo of a bird sitting on the fence in my yard that I shot this week-end.  I cropped it very tight to focus on just part of his body.  It is a close-up, but not true macro.  

Shot with my Olympus 75-300mm lens, 1/250 sec, f10, ISO 400, 275mm

 Both macro and close-up meet the criteria for the Macro Moments Challenge, but  a nice photo whose subject(s) do not come close to filling the frame does not.

This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other.  Please join in!  A new challenge begins on the first and third Wednesday of each month and I announce the winner from the previous week when I  post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be featured on this blog and used as the banner in the announcement for the next challenge, unless I am requested not to use it. 

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro photo from this week or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments Challenge: # (insert the challenge #)”.
  • Add the photo to your post and a brief description. I would love to know, as I am sure others would, too, what camera and lens you used and your settings.
  • You may submit more than one photo, but submit each in a separate post if you want to be included in the judging.
  • Deadline for submitting your entries is 8:00 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, Pacific Time.
  • Create a * pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section.
  • Tag your post Macro Moments so others can find it.

If you’re not sure how to create a pingback,  Here are instructions

The following bloggers also submitted entries to Challenge # 34, and many of them are just wonderful. Not quite everyone stuck to the theme, but I listed them anyway:

https://zombieflamingoes.com/2017/03/15/macro-moments-week-34/

https://netdancer.com/2017/03/15/spring-has-sprung/

https://snaphappi.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/macro-moments-week-34/

https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/03/17/atop-raindrops-on-roses/

https://theonlyd800inthehameau.com/2017/03/15/macro-moments-week-34-bobbin-winder/

https://sprawly.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/macro-moments-wk-34/

https://norasphotos4u.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/macro-moments-week-34-topic-spring-has-sprung/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/friday-flower-alysum-feeling-a-little-crabby-today-macromoments/

https://sprawly.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/macro-moments-31517/

https://sprawly.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/macro-moments-part-2/

https://attaleuntold.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/it-fluttered-by-african-migrant/

https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/04/02/macro-moments-challenge-week-34-papery-poppy/

https://islandinthenet.com/macro-moments-challenge-spring-sprung/

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Rain Forest

In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Dense

From our deck in the rainforest in Australia-

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