or lacking texture like this tree, but is more variegated than the others.
The deep crevasse of tree skin
It must look strange when someone notices me taking one of these images since I’m standing face to the tree with only inches between. But I can’t help being drawn to the different textures.
So many different ways to shoot the folds, splits in the leaf, sun shining from the front or behind.
This flower knows how to stand out. Towering a few feet above the rest making sure it gets its time to shine in the sun.
...of course, it's in CA, does it really need to try that hard to get sun?
One of my favorite photos from this series but it wouldn’t have been anything without the power of the sunshine behind this palm frond.
This texture will never get old. Palm Frond -
The simplicity of a palm frond-
A carpet of green fuzz. Long stocks sticking out of the ground, thankfully they were soft and not thorny.
with the sunset casting it's long shadows.
Ever so small but ever so vibrant.
Stemming from some sort of succulent plant, a tiny burst of delicate fancy.
more new leaves from the tree looking thing. So alien looking, or a set of pinchers.
I don’t always have to know what it is to know I like it -These newly budding leaves from a plant I know nothing about and that little tiny aphid looking bug made for a nice shot against the blue Californian sky.
Also being a texture person, which is probably why I really enjoy taking macro shots of things, I couldn't resist taking this closer shot of the palm tree fibers.
A Succulent Rose -As soon as I walked by this plant I knew I wanted to get a nice capture of it. The rich reds with the vibrant green center was perfect. Composed of 10-12 photos to get the needed depth, a few hours of editing later, I feel I captured what my initial vision of this image could be.
MIlk Thistle flower - not to be confused with Milkweed. Even though both have medicinal properties both can cause allergic reactions but milk weed has more toxins to humans and animals.
Trees still budding and flowering up on the northland.
A little more green making it's way into the forest.
Don't forget the little views too!
So much detail, yet so fragile.
Everytime I look at this, I want eggs. The tops of the mushrooms with paprika and pepper apparently.
I've never witnessed so many poof spore mushrooms all in one place before!
Turkey Tail! A great collection of turkey tail mushrooms, along with one solo guy that didn't get the memo.
Such a soft feeling here. Sort of relaxing to me. One of my favorites out of the bunch.
I wish I had video of this one, as it took nearly two minutes to completely freeze over. I believe the base and bubble solution was on the warmer side for that to happen.
Throug hout the night I played with different lighting, soap mixtures, temperatures on when to add the soap , and even the base.
Moss spores reaching high and waiting to burst!
Oh Dear! With the flooded waters gone, it's interesting to see what it left behind.
A little something with texture and light. Also, waiting for the end of twilight to shoot off some astro photography.
So pure and simple -
Radiant Light Is Beaming! Sometimes, no, most all the time it's hard shooting into the sun. Washed out sky and dark foreground, so this time I used that to my advantage and made this one sunflower the star of the show.
The mini forest needs attention too.
The mini forest needs attention too.
Mushroom Hollow - Growing inside a hollowed out burned tree.
You know spring is coming.
The shores of Lake Superior.
You think you know what a bud looks like, but have you every really looked closely -
Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-eye Daisy) - Something so simple about a daisy.
The petals of the flower reaching out as if to hug the Sun's rays.
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, the aromatic aster, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. Just a dainty flower, the size of my little fingers nail.
The Wild Iris - It couldn't have been more enjoyable capturing this flower. Sitting at the edge of a large pond, summer winds fresh off the water all while watching the setting sun.
Butterfly Milkweed - The plant that makes butterflies go around.
Oh, Crickets the name. Jiminy Cricket! - Just doing it's thing and making it hard for me to focus on him by hopping from leaf to leaf.
The Seeds of Salsify - The gentle seeds of a salsify plant. Ready to horrify that one neighbor that yells Keep Off The Lawn!
Like the web of a spider, you can get lost within the tangled reaches of a salsify.
A cool abstract feathery view of salsify seeds.
A warm abstract feathery view of salsify seeds.
Who says a dandelion is a pest! This plant was the most photogenic plant from the entire day! So many intricacies to play around with.
A little moody water droplet catcher.
You give them an inch! They take up the whole shot! Had fun with this little guy, he didn't sit still very well but at least he didn't move fast.
Myrmecophily or just taking a drink?
More detail here, but does it take away from the overall effect?
It's like a whole different universe in here!
Light at the end of the tunnel -
The mighty Oak - Up close and personal.
My Lupine shot - I know it's not the glorious fields of Lupine you normally see, however, these are the real deal. These are native to our area and are much smaller than the invasive Bigleaf Lupine which is native to the west coast.
Hoary alyssum - Ever so tiny, yet blooming with flowers.
What an amazing little flower. Who knew a plant with the word spider in it could have something so gentle and light.
Fuchsia in your face! - Talk about a punch of color.
A little early bloom from a Phlox plant that's been in the family for a few generations.
It's like looking into the future - Phlox blooms still being protected by its leaf cover. Soon little ones, soon you'll see the sun.
The Peony seed pods for next year - The flowers may have come and gone but it still left something interesting behind.
So calming - The center of a Clematis
A rooster tail - Or at least that's what it reminds me of. - Dragon's Breath (celosia)
Waiting for their moment - Phlox flower buds nestled safely, waiting for it's leaf cover to unfold.
The mysterious Clematis - The location of this gave a perfect mix of shadow from the trellis, and the morning sun.
Le Center Of My Breakfast -
Such fluid motion -
Is this art, or just playing with my food - Either way, it's fun.
The Sun at the end of the tunnel-
Just need a glass of water-
I was asked what I'm doing from across the room. I couldn't answer because my mouth was full of my art. The plus side of this little project. And rather tasty.
okay, this one went nuclear-
Have you had your apple today? - I've watched this tree grow since I was 7. A gift from my neighbor who shared everything from her gardens. Now, it's 15' tall and produces apples every year.
The finer detail of a frond from a Bracken Fern
Ostrich fern - MN native.
Some sort of liverwort, maybe snakeskin liverwort.
I took this series of images while being yelled at from an older lady. She's yelling that I better know what I'm doing and I should take shelter now! To be fair, there was a tornado like swirling clouds just above us. But I like the image!
Verbena Hastata (Blue Vervain)
Lunch time view- Trying to find some quiet time at work. Headed outside by a retaining pond and found this view. Flower - Verbena Hastata (Blue Vervain)
A little fuchsia slap in the face - The colors were certainly in full force here, and so intense against that green!
As much as I like these sunsets, the color and subject matter keep hinting to autumn. That I'm not ready for yet.
Good night sun -
These Blue Vervain are like natures time clock. Once the flowers get to the end, summer is... I can't say the words, my clock is still in June.
Just a little fall here-
What kind of crazy mushroom is this!
It's like a little village of mushrooms! Papa smurf where are you?
The understory of the understory.
The gills of a mushroom-
This is where golf tees are made- Cup Lichen
Who says an old dead tree doesn't have anything more to give.
Trying to put the leaves back on the trees and hold onto fall a little bit longer.
Catching the left overs of fall.
Natures symmetry at it's finest.
End of season milkweed pods.
The amazing feeling of the sunshine on a cool fall autumn morning.
The simplicity of a berry - Isn't so simplistic.
How does this shrub not just crumble to the ground under all that weight?
Cedar tree branches waking up with the warmth of the sun.
How does a tree not get frostbit?
An Ice Bulb. I guess it's winter trying to make it difficult for spring to start it's thing.
A thin cover of ice gives these rocks a marbled effect.
Trees still budding and flowering up on the northland.
More flowering somethings. I walked by this plant many times on the way to the lake for water refills. I figured I'd capture it before it got stepped on. Amazingly, it survived all our foot traffic.
Hollyhock flower. No need to wait till it's open to enjoy the colors and textures of a flower.
More textures and curves.
as they say, busy as a bee.
MIlk Thistle - or a plant from Doc Seusse.
Tendrils of purple - some 150 photos later this plant finally stopped moving enough to capture this one image or the seven that make up this one image. Verbena macdougalii ‘Lavender Spires’
A little mushroom off the side road getting hit with the morning light.