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May Flowers

Monday, May 16, 2011

This week on I Heart Faces, there are no faces. Well, no human faces anyway. I guess flowers can have faces, if you think about it. It's a non-judged contest over there this week and it's about May flowers and instead of posting one picture, we're allowed to post as many as we want.

I went out on a walk this morning when I should have been working. I got about a block away and had passed so many pretty flowers that I turned around and went home and got my camera and took it on my walk with me. So all of these were taken this morning either along the way or in my next door neighbor's yard. It was so much fun to shoot something atypical for me.

This was one of the last of my neighbor's tulips - a few weeks ago she had scads of them. That's the only trouble with tulips, they don't last nearly long enough. Anyway, I was shooting this flower that grows along the brick wall against the back of their house and because my macro lens has such a shallow depth of field when I shoot this close, the brick wall was completely out of focus - EXCEPT for this little piece of brick wall that showed up in the water droplet magnifying glass!

How cool is that?!

(Click the photo to enlarge it and see the tiny bricks.)

Can you tell that I heart my macro lens?! Sheesh, I love that thing. I'd been wanting a macro for a while and didn't feel like I could justify/afford a new one. One day I took a look on ebay for one and immediately found this older 60mm macro from an impeccable seller. So I bought it for $93 from a guy in Israel who shipped it to me suspended in a mile of styrofoam and bubble wrap. It is so much fun, and is even a decent portrait lens.

And even though I've never been a flower photographer, I feel empowered by my macro and happy with my little garden of flower photos.

For lots more may flowers, head over to I Heart (flower) Faces and check them OUT.