macro monday | Searching for Inspiration

Dandelion | Neely Wang

Every few months, some friends and I go out on a Photo Walk. We simply choose a random place to visit together and then take photos. What makes it the most fun is sharing our photos at the end. Everyone comes with different perspectives, unique experiences, and distinct styles. All these things add up to a very cool mix of photos. Something one of us missed, the other might catch. One of us may shoot something up close, the other far away. One may use a macro lens, the other a telephoto.

Dandelion | Neely Wang

This particular Photo Walk, we ended up in Larkspur, California, with a pretty view of a stream and Mt. Tamalpias before us. The problem was we arrived in the middle of the day, the sun was blaring, and I was totally uninspired. I took one shot of the mountain and then pretty much put my camera away, resolving that there was nothing really interesting to take that day and that it would be a waste to take photos I’d delete anyways. Instead, I decided I would just enjoy the weather and the company of my friends.

Dandelion | Neely Wang

But I had just come off of recently watching a creativeLIVE class, taught by fine-art photographer Brooke Shaden, who said some things that really stuck with me — “Learn to see old things in new ways. Everything in the world is inspiring. It is up to you to see it that way. Inspiration is like a garden; if you nurture it, it will grow. If you neglect it, it will be harder than ever to revive.”

Dandelion | Neely Wang

While we were walking around, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a giant dandelion blowing in the wind under some trees. I suddenly found my inspiration. Giant dandelions, many half blown away, but still beautiful and intriguing in their own right. My friends took a few shots and moved on, but I got lost in that world of long, dried grasses and withered dandelions.

Dandelion | Neely Wang

I just love how changing what you focus on and the perspective you choose completely changes your outlook… kind of like life.

Dandelion | Neely Wang

Truly, inspiration is all around us. We just have to look for it.


  1. Beautiful shots! So delicate and fine. I think the fluffy dandelions are nature’s bubbles. :)

    I like the Shaden quote. That can be applied to our faith as well. :)

    • Thanks, Alvina! Love how you described it :). And yes, I totally agree that this quote can be applied to our faith as well — it needs to be nurtured for it to grow and thrive.

  2. If I could like this post, I absolutely would. Very creative images. Great Photographs Neely!

  3. Just perfect… I so enjoy seeing the world this way!
    Love!!! :D
    Also the softness of the images are beautiful… Dandelions are like wonderful little aliens… each one different, waiting to be discovered.

  4. Love the photos and especially the quote by Brooke which is exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks for such beautiful pictures and writing, Neely! : )

  5. Nice! I like the color of the background and how soft the photo came out. Those were the biggest dandelions I ever seen.

    • Thank you, Meredith! Yes, I think so many things are beautiful if you take the time to really look at them and appreciate them. Your dandelion photos are beautiful — love the contrast with the black background!

    • Ha Ha — maybe someone IS trying to tell you something! I do think how you look at things makes all the difference — my tendency is to fail to see the good in everything…

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