On today’s installment of my neighborhood walk, I decided to look for groupings and patterns in nature. My first grouping of flowers is these fluffy little puffballs that have obviously moved onto their next stage of life. I have no idea what they might be but they are soft to the touch.
I guess that they may have been a type of thistle or something.
I then came across this Queen’s Anne Lace whose pattern was broken by a little petal from the sumac.
Sumac petal on Queen Anne’s Lace
I don’t know if they call this little nub a petal or not but I’m going to refer to it that way.
Walking back home, I noticed these leaves poking out from a backyard fence into the creek area. I think they either belong to the zucchini plant or possibly a cucumber plant. Either way, I was intrigued by the veining in the leaf. I created a black and white image to accentuate the contrast between the veins and the rest of the leaf.
There are a lot of patterns in nature, and when you make an effort to look for it, you’ll find it everywhere.
The old high school track behind my house has become overgrown in some areas. This is great for me because it means I have more to photograph. Native plants have started to grow on the edges of the track, like these Red Clover and Butter & Eggs flowers.
Letting everything go wild definitely has its advantages. One being things look so much nicer with all the wildflowers and two, there are more insects like this blue damselfly around.
This blue damselfly rested on the blade of grass for quite a long time. I was trying to figure out if he planned on claiming this blade to sleep on or just needed a break from catching all those pesky small insects.
As I was walking home I noticed a few webs along one side of the bridge that crosses over the creek. When I looked closer, I noticed these creepy faces staring out at me.
There were three of them poking out of their adopted holes, waiting patiently for something to land in their webs. I didn’t stick around to see if they were successful, but I’m sure they would be.
Some days I don’t stray too far away from home for my photos. My mother has some beautiful plants in her garden, and one of them is the dahlia plant that is currently blooming in our front yard. They are like little bunches of love.
Our front yard garden is small with only a few plants, but in our backyard, we have a large bush of fall phlox. We have other plants around the house, but these two are my favourites.
I still went out for my walk and I found a couple of things to photograph, even though I didn’t feel as inspired to take many photos. One thing that caught my eye was this trio of yellow flowers.
I found this vine, from either a cucumber or zucchini-type plant, that is struggling to escape the backyard it’s meant to be in.
Vines and Fence
The textures of the leaves against the texture of the wood fence intrigued me. By taking away the colours it made the textures more pronounced. I guess in the end, I still found things to be inspired by on my walk.
I’m back to my regular neighbourhood walks and today I’ve come across a vintage car. It’s not something you see very often in my neck of the woods and so it must be documented. I’m feeling nostalgic seeing this and wishing for simpler, stress-free days.
I gave this photo an old-time feel when I processed it. I wanted the photo to feel like it was taken with an old film camera.
With nothing much else happening on the street I headed down to the creek path to find some macro goodies.
This gorgeous Knapweed flower is blooming all along the creek. I still can’t get over how many flowers are purple. It’s so strange that I never really noticed this before.
Heading further down the path, into a more overgrown area, I spotted these vines blocking part of the path. I’ve definitely come across this same set of vines before. I guess when they cut the grass in this area they don’t bother with the things that can attack from above. Which I am very happy about as I wouldn’t get a shot like this otherwise.
Do you find that some flowers look strange when they’re growing? Take for example this Queen’s Anne Lace below. It’s currently unwrapping itself in such a way that it looks like the letters T and I. Also, did you notice that each little flower petal looks like a bug?
It’s so very strange. Typically you see a little bud that grows big and eventually opens up into a flower. But not Queen Anne – nope, she has to be different. The good thing is I like different. Different is fun to photograph.
Moving away from Queen’s Anne Lace, over a bridge to the meadow on the other side, I spotted these purple loosestrife flowers. I love how they pop against the pale grasses behind them.
As I walked up to the high school track something jumped away from me into the bushes.
When I took a closer look I saw this Carolina grasshopper sitting on a leaf. I was able to get a couple of photos before he got nervous and jumped further into the greenery. I was so happy to end my walk with this find.
I can’t believe that since mid-March I’ve been expanding my macro photography skills by just shooting around my neighbourhood. Am I starting to get bored with just shooting macro all the time? Absolutely not because there are always unique views to find.
Every time I head out I expect to see the same things, but there always seems to be something new to photograph, even if it’s from a different angle or even a different stage of something’s growth.
Of course, not everything I shoot with my macro lens is something up close or small. Sometimes I try to sneak up on a bird that’s balanced on a skinny branch.
Who then promptly flies away. Still it makes for an interesting image, don’t you think?