macro monday | Winter Color

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

I know for many of you, your world is now brilliantly white and bitterly cold…that you’re waiting expectantly for summer and wondering when winter will ever end.

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

For those of us on the West Coast, although it’s not cold and snowy, it’s dry and lifeless.

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

Brown, faded and withered. 

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

There hasn’t been any rain here for months, and nature is definitely thirsting and aching right now.

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

But this little succulent I found in my backyard was still as bright and cheery as ever.

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

You would hardly believe that it was winter from the looks of it.

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

Life continues and thrives. Hope glimmers.

Echeveria Harmsii | Neely Wang Photography

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus


45 comments

    • Cornelia, you are too kind! It’s not me — it’s the One who made these beautiful flowers that allows me to shoot these images — I’m always surprised when I look through my camera and see something I wouldn’t notice normally. Thanks for your constant support and encouragement :)

    • Thank you so much, Claire! I use a 50mm f/1.4 (I’m a big fan of primes and the sharpness you get with them) paired with extension tubes to get a macro view. A 100mm macro would work just as well! Hope that helps!

  1. Wow! These photos are beautiful, Neely. I almost feel the velvety texture of the plant. I love the vibrant colors at the point of the leaves contrasting the green. Great that you have such a lovely plant in your backyard.

    • Thank you so much, Marianne! I’m glad the images were able to convey the softness and texture of this succulent. It was very odd to see such a vibrant and robust plant in a sea of brown. Hopefully, it will rain soon!


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