Although I believe they have yet to find living organisms on Mars, if flowers grew on Mars, this is what I’d imagine them to look like. These flowers are actually quite ordinary — lilies, daisies, mums, but when viewed at the macro level, coupled with some beautiful blur and shallow depth of field, they take on an other-worldy form. Creation never ceases to amaze me. Happy Monday!
I realize that it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a Macro Monday. I’ll always have a soft spot for macro…and dew drops. So, put them together, and add in a bit of soft, buttery bokeh — this is why I fell in love with photography in the first place. These images were all taken within minutes of each other (frankly, during the short time I had dropped off one kid at school and was waiting for the carpool of the other), but I love how the colors and feeling of each one is different depending on the light, how close I was to my subject, and the background. Lovely to find beauty in just a few minutes of quiet amidst the blur of the day.
In less than a week, my kids go back to school. Although it stays warm here for another couple of months, going back to school signals something in my brain and tells it summer is officially over. No more lazy days, bike rides, long walks, ice cream…none of it. It’s done. Back to early mornings, packing lunches, and endless driving of kids here and there. I know it doesn’t have to be this way, but I just can’t help get a wee bit depressed.
But the other day, the kids and I were about to go on evening walk when I noticed the sun…or was it the moon? I couldn’t quite figure it out at first (it turned out to be the sun behind a layer of fog), and after trying to take a horrible picture of it with my iPhone, I ran inside and grabbed my camera.
I hardly take my big-girl camera anywhere now just for fun. I use it for work, but it just seems so cumbersome to take it on a simple walk. But that evening, I kept it with me as we went on our hike and suddenly remembered how fun it was to take pictures with it! I still love the convenience of the camera on my phone (even though it now has two permanent scratches on the lens), but there are some things my d-SLR just does so much better, including depth of field, low light and mood.
Taking these pictures made me realize how precious summer is, and although it’s terribly dry and brown here in California, there’s so much beauty that’s only around this time of year. I simply don’t want to forget these lazy days of summer.
Although we didn’t take any extravagant trips or do anything particularly remarkable this summer, I definitely could use a few more weeks of this…
Cheers to the last days of summer.