I had an idea. I was sitting in my home office the other day thinking about how I need to do something to get me a little more motivated about taking photos on my walks. I pretty much walk the same paths over and over again and I can safely say that I’m getting bored. But then I started thinking about how much more interesting macro is when it rains. Since it wasn’t raining out I dug out a little spray bottle that I could tuck away into my pocket and filled it with water.
My first test subject was a red tulip. And I loved it! So off I went spraying and photographing everything I could find. Of course, not all the photos worked out but it was a lot of fun to try something different.
I had way too much fun spraying water on my subjects so when I got home I decided to take a break from dousing my subjects in water. Instead I got this shot of this Alpine rockcress in my backyard without any water on them.
Have you noticed that I’ve been finding different colours other than purple? I think Mother Nature is ready to expand her colour scheme.
I went back to that short section of the creek trail and I was surprised to find, hidden way towards the back, all sorts of flowers in bloom. Purple ones, of course.
The periwinkles were everywhere. And they weren’t the only ones growing like crazy here. The Forget-Me-Nots were starting to bloom as well.
I struggled getting a good shot of the Forget-Me-Nots. They are so small and low to the ground that I had to contort myself to get a good angle and then to focus on them in an uncomfortable position made it that much harder. But I prevailed!
When I got home fro my walk I couldn’t help adding my own purple flowers, the grape hyacinths, to the mix. These guys are slowly getting bigger and a little more vibrant each day.
I was out by the train tracks by the creek taking photos of the Siberian squills when I heard a rustling behind me. When I turned around I saw… a bunny!
This rather large bunny looked at me, chewed some grass for a minute or so, and then it hopped a few feet into the bush.
Big Fluffy Bunny
From the bush, it just sat there looking over its shoulder at me. He’s probably waiting for me to leave. After taking a few more photographs, I decided to move on and leave the bunny to his foraging.
At home, our Lilacbush is in full bloom. Do you notice something familiar about this photo? Could it be that the flower is purple? I found out from my friend Nigel that bees are attracted to the colour purple. I also found out in my research of bees that purple and blue flowers produce the highest amount of nectar, which explains this whole purple flower explosion we have in the spring.
It’s was raining earlier today and I’ve decided to grab my camera in the hopes of finding some droplets on those pretty purple flowers from the last post. I can’t believe what I found when I went to shoot the flowers. Just look at that gorgeous droplet balancing on that petal.
Droplet on Siberian Scilla
And then, not too far from the flowers, I found this burr with this droplet magnifying one of its hooks. So cool!
Further along the path, I found a few snails hanging out on some stems. It took a few tries to get his eyeball in focus.
The Long Climb
I found some fun things to photograph on my walk today. I’m looking forward to the next time I’m out and about.
In a previous post, I mentioned the pussy willow flowers (known as catkins) were the first flowers to appear this spring, and today I’ve found my second spring flower – the Siberian Squill. This small purple flower was found by the creek and I would have passed it by if it didn’t stand out so much in the sea of brown.
As I was shooting the flower I heard some rustling behind me. Two grackles were foraging in the trees behind me but I was able to get this quick shot before they flew off.
Continuing my walk along the creek path I saw some dried-up teasels. They are apparently very good at capturing small things that come into their vicinity.
This poor little petal (or flower?) got stuck as it floated by. I’m not sure what it is exactly but it was doing a great balancing act on the spears of the thistle. I think I may be visiting these teasels more often to see what else they capture.
I’m so excited to see the little buds of the red maple tree on my walk around the neighbourhood. Did you know that they look like this? When I first glanced over at these I thought they looked a little out of the ordinary so I went In a little closer look. They look like little fingers trying to escape their flower crown or in this case their leaf crown.
Baby Red Maple Leaves
Further along I came across these funky looking burrs. Well at least I think they’re burrs. They are kind of freaky looking. At certain angles, they look like screaming faces with spiky hair. I know, its a little weird but for some reason, I always see faces in nature. Do you see faces in nature?
The pussy willows are starting to flower. It seems the male flowers have these small yellow flowers that bloom in early spring and are taken by the wind to the female counterpart somewhere in the great beyond. Since they pollinate by wind there are many little yellow flowers on each pussy willow.
I’m starting to get excited but the possibilities that spring will bring for me and my macro lens. What are you excited to see?