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!

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “layers”. You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

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I enjoy the many layers of petals on a rose, especially when the petals themselves are layered with dew drops or raindrops.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of white rose petals
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of white rose petals
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pink rose petals
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pink rose petals

The orange protea pin cushion flower has a spectacular set of petals that go from layer to layer.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of an orange protea pin cushion
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of an orange protea pin cushion

I love the dripping layers of pine tree sap on the tree bark.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pine tree sap
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of pine tree sap

Check out the colorful layers within that tree sap.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of colorful pine tree sap
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of colorful pine tree sap

And how about the beautiful layers of the Fourth of July fireworks?

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks
Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks
WordPress weekly photo challenge: Layers of Fourth of July fireworks

Cee’s fun foto challenge: the color brown and sepia tones

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to show photos featuring the color white and purple. You can click on the photos below for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

These two brown bear brothers are just the right color for this theme.

Cee's Fun Foto challenge: brown bears
Cee’s Fun Foto challenge: brown bears

Even a bear sculpture, not a real bear, can be brown.

Cee's Fun Foto challenge: brown bear sculpture
Cee’s Fun Foto challenge: brown bear sculpture

I captured this little snail one morning with my phone camera.

Cee's fun foto challenge: brown snail
Cee’s fun foto challenge: brown snail

Pine tree sap can go from yellow to brown. It almost looks like caramel.

Cee's fun foto challenge: brown tree bark and tree sap
Cee’s fun foto challenge: brown tree bark and tree sap

This is a great gray owl, but if you look at it, it’s actually quite brown. And beautiful.

Great gray owl
Great gray owl

Talking about owls, this is the giant owl butterfly. Lots of brown there.

Giant owl butterfly
Giant owl butterfly

My last photo for this theme features a swallow’s nest, made out of mud. It’s a messy job but those swallows are relentless at building.

Swallow's nest
Swallow’s nest

Travel theme: Through

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Today I’m participating in Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme photo challenge. This week’s theme is “through”. Remember you can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

Let me take you on a tour through the forest, one of my favorite activities. Sometimes the trail going through is pretty narrow.

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And sometimes it is quite wide.

Travel theme: Through the forest
Travel theme: Through the forest

Pine trees have so many thick branches that it can be hard to see the blue sky through them.

Travel theme: the blue sky through the branches
Travel theme: the blue sky through the branches

Pine tree sap is see through, although it tends to reflect a lot of its surroundings too.

Travel theme: see through tree sap
Travel theme: see through tree sap

Sometimes when you hike in a park, a river runs through it.

Travel theme: a river runs through it
Travel theme: a river runs through it

All the way through.

Travel theme: a river runs through it
Travel theme: a river runs through it

Forests are full of plants and animals, including insects. Insect wings are usually see through, including the wings of this blue dragonfly.

Travel theme: see through wings of a dragonfly
Travel theme: see through wings of a dragonfly

Macro Monday: more close-ups of pine tree sap

Zazzle online shop If you enjoy my photos and would like to purchase some, I want to thank you! Simply visit my Zazzle online shop and browse the product offerings. If there’s a photo you would like to purchase but don’t see it in my shop, please contact me by using the Contact form at the bottom of my home page and let me know which photos you are interested in purchasing, and in what format / medium.

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.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few photos of pine tree sap from up close. Here are a few more photos to add to the collection. I hope you enjoy them.

Macro Monday: pine tree sap
Macro Monday: pine tree sap
Macro Monday: colorful pine tree sap
Macro Monday: colorful pine tree sap
Drops of pine tree sap
Drops of pine tree sap