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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Paspalum Flowers or Ballet Shoes?




When turning my eyes to very "ordinary" things I am often amazed at the beauty I find. Our backyard is home to many weeds and grasses as well as intended plants. Maybe this is one of the reasons it's home to  a great variety of insects too. I was quite stunned by the delightful details of this paspalum seed head. Can you see the hanging ballet shoes too?





The clearly defined seed pieces, neatly aligned, look like a row of little beetles.










The top line is surely nature's rick rack. As I studied the grass "weeds" in our garden I discovered we have several varieties of paspalum, this one being the tallest. Time for some serious gardening/weeding in the next week of two.


Another joy for the week - late last week I emailed this photo to "Coastal Views", our local free paper, as a "Photo of the Week" submission. Monday night I was informed by the editor that it would be added to his bank of "pics" for publishing sometime. Late Tuesday night a new email read:

 Hi Karen,
I can understand why you like this photo. I will be featuring your photo in this week's Coastal Views.
Thanks for contributing.

Last night I eagerly opened our copy, turning to page 2.


Sharing at Friday Sneak Peek.

29 comments:

Sylvia K said...

This is fantastic, Karen! I'm so excited for you! And this is SO richly deserved! Your captures for the day are more evidence of your incredible talent with a camera! Having had a daughter who was a ballet dancer with a company in California in her younger days, I love your "ballet shoes"!! Wonderful and beautiful post as always! Enjoy your weekend! Thank you for sharing the "photo of the week" capture!!!

Sylvia

marit´s,,, said...

Beautiful macro photos.
So artfully plant.
Marit, Norway

geanina said...

beautiful post as always! have nce weekend :)

Giga said...

Podoba mi się porównanie kwiatów ładnego chwastu do baletek. Gratuluję opublikowania Twojego wspaniałego zdjęcia w gazecie. Pozdrawiam. *** I like the comparison pretty weeds flowers baletek shoe. Congratulations on your wonderful photos published in the newspaper. Yours.

Joop Zand said...

Lovely work again and good compositions.

Greetings, Joop

Isabelle said...

Amazing close ups! and congratulation for the Photo of the Week award :)
Always good to see our own work more visible to the community!
Have a good week end

Ruby said...

Congrats on getting published! The ballet shoes picture is great. I love your macros. Cheers, Ruby.

Seeing Each Day said...

Oh, where do I start!! Your title is very apt because those purple flowers looks exactly like ballet shoes and the way they hang. The depth of field in your second shot is just amazing. And to have another photo featured in your newspaper - I'm almost too excited to type. WONDERFUL (purposely in capital letters)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, gorgeous images! Have a great weekend!

Jo`s Garten said...

I love your fantastic photos. It is a great pleasure, to look at them.

From Berlin,
Jo

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Karen, Thanks for coming to my blog. I am enjoying yours. Please come back anytime.

I never appreciated all of the small and ordinary things of life --out there in nature--until I started taking photographs and really LOOKING. Your little 'ballet shoes' are gorgeous!!!! So are the seed pieces!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Congrats on getting your photo chosen for "Coastal Views"... That is awesome!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Liz said...

Definitely looks like a row of ballet shoes hanging up and waiting to be danced in. It brings back memories of Bec dancing, and the great joy it gave her... one day I hope she can experience that joy again.

Isn't it wonderful to discover the macro gems, often unnoticed, when you upload your images to your computer.

Congratulations on being published again. A beautiful image and well deserved.

Deanna said...

What a gorgeous subject for your beautiful macro images. Lovely, lovely and congratulations on your appearance in the newspaper. You should be a regular contributor.

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Beautiful work, great shots.

Marie said...

Congratulations on your photo being published! How wonderful! Also, YES, I see the hanging ballet slippers very well! Our daughter danced for many years, and I have seen many a pointe shoe hanging by their ribbons just such a these!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Congratulations on your photo being published and I love the ballet shoes.

Filip Demuinck said...

This is one of the stranged plants I have ever seen but beautiful

Greetings,
Filip

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Magnificent photographs, absolutely beautiful.

Well done you.


Hope that you are having a nice weekend.


Fiona

marijke said...

Hey Karen,
I think when we look at the details of everything's growing in nature we are getting supprised. Beautiful photowork and congratiulations your photo is going to be published.
Have a love weekend
Marijke

Wenche said...

Wonderful :0) Lovely details :0)

Deanne said...

Love the "ballet shoes"
Congratulations on your success we don't get Coastal views here but will see if Paul gets one at work so I can have a look

Kala said...

Beautiful macros - love the details of the ballet slippers. :)

Thea said...

They do look like ballet slippers! How incredible. And congratulations on getting your photo published. Very exciting. :)

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Congratulation for the "Photo of the week" and for this wonderful grass pictures. They are great!
have a nice weekend.
Greetings
Angela

laveta'splace said...

Love the little ballet slippers and nature's rick rack. I love looking for the unnoticed little pieces of nature that we often miss.

Kateri said...

Ballet shoes for sure! I love close ups like this--showing how spectacular the ordinary can be.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh wow. That is ah-mazing. I LOVE the little ballet shoes. Love them.

Kasia said...

Beautiful flouers :) POzdrawiam

Judy Royal Glenn said...

The fourth photo loooks like there are tiny caterpillars dancing on top!

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