Macro Monday: Pine tree sap

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

Well, after a long summer break to enjoy my kids’ company, I am back! I’ve managed to take a few photos over the past couple of months, but my SD cards are so full of photos I’ve taken for the past year or so, I’m not sure where to start. One huge goal I have for September is to completely revamp my Zazzle nature photography store and create new photo products for sale, so that should be me busy for a while…

For today’s Macro Monday, I thought I’d share a couple of photos of solidified pine tree sap I spotted during our summer vacation in the mountains of Southern California. I love the way these drops of tree sap show reflections of their surroundings, a bit like a glass marble would.

Macro Monday: reflections in a drop of pine tree sap
Macro Monday: reflections in a drop of pine tree sap

This pine tree sap seems to attract insects, which then get stuck on it while it dries up. Eventually they become permanent fixtures of this art created by Mother Nature.

Tree sap on pine tree with ants
Tree sap on pine tree with ants

Now that my kids are back in school, I’ll try my best to post new photos several times a week, as well as visit other photo blogs to take a look at the beautiful shots you’ve been taking. Happy Monday!

Macro Monday: the hearts of poppies

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

A few weeks ago, I shared several photos of orange poppies I got the chance to photograph while walking around San Diego’s Balboa Park. Here are a couple more close-ups of those poppies. I find the shapes at the center of each poppy fascinating. On this yellow orange poppy, the center consists of a fuzzy star with 10 arms. Have you ever seen a sea star that looks exactly like this?

Close-up of the heart of a yellow orange poppy
Close-up of the heart of a yellow orange poppy

This white poppy would look quite dull without a bright yellow center. That fuzzy center really is something.

Macro Monday: center of a white poppy
Macro Monday: center of a white poppy

Macro Monday: the red and yellow blooms of the Abutilon Megapotamicum

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I ran across a number of blooming shrubs and flowers this weekend, including these lovely red and yellow bell-shaped flowers. Many of these blooms were hanging on a shrub inside the botanic garden at San Diego’s Balboa Park. Of course the tree wasn’t labeled so I had no idea what it was while there. I’d love to know why so many botanical gardens label about half their plants and leave you guessing what the rest of them are.

A quick Google search revealed this shrub is called Abutilon Megapotamicum and is native to a few countries in South America. I couldn’t help but admire these interesting flowers and it didn’t take me long to realize they were quite a challenge to photograph, especially because of their unusual shape and the challenging lighting in the garden. I hope I did them justice in these few photos. Happy Monday!

Macro Monday: Abutilon Megapotamicum
Macro Monday: Abutilon Megapotamicum
Red and yellow bell-shaped flower of the Abutilon
Red and yellow bell-shaped flower of the Abutilon
Close-up of the Abutilon Megapotamicum red and yellow blooms
Close-up of the Abutilon Megapotamicum red and yellow blooms

Macro Monday: the feet of the American coot

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At first sight, the American coot looks like a duck. It’s shaped like a duck, including its head and bill. It spends a lot of time on the water, and it hangs around other ducks. But the American coot is actually a hen, and the dead giveaway is the absence of webbed feet.

Macro Monday: the American coot
Macro Monday: the American coot

Now, if you ask me, this bird looks nothing like a hen, even with non-webbed feet. I’ll let you take a closer look at the feet of the American coot. Technically, they have “lobbed toes”, which allow them to not only swim but also walk well on uneven ground.

Paddle feet / lobbed toes of an American coot
Paddle feet / lobbed toes of an American coot

To me, the American coot looks like it has paddle feet so it can be good at swimming and walking. Can you imagine if your toes were shaped like this?

Close-up of the lobbed toes of an American coot
Close-up of the lobbed toes of an American coot

Macro Monday: colorful orchids

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Remember my 2014 nature photography calendars (choose between five different themes) are still available for sale. Look in the left sidebar on my website for the most up-to-date discount coupon code. All calendars are made to order in the USA so you support the US economy with your purchase, and a starving artist (me!). I also appreciate any referral through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course your blog or website.

Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I took pictures of these orchids a few months ago and just discovered them on my camera’s SD card. I hope you enjoy these bright colors in the middle of winter.

Macro Monday: purple orchid
Macro Monday: purple orchid
White orchid
White orchid
Yellow orchid
Yellow orchid