Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Found




Have you ever noticed that we tend to discover interesting and beautiful things in new or exotic locations?




It's so easy to overlook the existence or the "specialness" of similar or identical items close to home.




A few shorts weeks ago I marvelled over mosses and lichens high up in the mountains of a National Park.




The moss and fungi I found in a rainforest by the sea had captured my imagination and opened my eyes anew.




Little did I realise I have very similar wonders growing in my own front yard...... right under my nose,
or more accurately, under my feet! They have in fact been there for many years!




The brick base of an old fence is home to an amazing range of tiny mosses and lichens which I had previously paid no attention to, unassuming yet intricate and quite stunning when closely studied. I suspect I'll never exhaust the seemingly endless supplies of beauty and marvels which surround my everyday "ordinary" life, both the visible and the invisible......



NB All of these were taken using my Raynox super macro conversion lens clipped onto my 50mm lens.

Sharing at This or That Thursday, Sneak Peek Friday, I Heart Macro.

58 comments:

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

Oh my goodness. I m in love with all of these. Perfection in nature.
Im off camping next week and I sure hope to find somethings like this.
Just Gorgeous.

RedWillow ~ a Beauty seeker said...

You are such an inspiration to me.
Thank you.

Jenni C's said...

your words made me smile,so true.. love your lichens...

Denise said...

Fantastic photos!!! Isn't it a wonderful discovery to find something this beautiful so close to home. I am in awe of your amazing shots.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wonderful images! I love that you see and capture such beauty.
We often overlook the wonders that surround us. Being so involved in photography has really opened my eyes. I see things I've never seen before, some just out my door.
Thanks for sharing such beauty.

tinajo said...

Beautiful shots, I love to look close at nature! :-)

kulasa said...

you do have a heart and eyes that see the real beauty in everything! God bless you always...viewing the photos once again and marveling at the beauty of God's creation...

✿ chica said...

Adoro isso!!Lindas fotos!beijos,chica

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Thank you Kulasa. I don't seem to be able to leave a comment on your blog, it's a lovely fresh beginning. I'll look forward to seeing more....and maybe some gardening too!

s.c said...

Nice ones Pos.

Giga said...

Żeby zwrócić uwagę na takie malutkie mchy trzeba kochać przyrodę i Ty z pewnością tka jesteś. Piękne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
To pay attention to such tiny mosses have to love nature and you're certainly weaves. Beautiful pictures. Yours.

MaryL said...

So fantastic!! So Beautiful... thank you for the lovely pause.

Mathilda said...

Wieder ganz wunderschöne Makros von Flechten und Moos.

LG Mathilda

Sylvia K said...

Exquisite captures, wise words and a lovely, inspirational post for the day! Thank you for sharing the beauty and the wisdom!

Sylvia

Liz said...

Beautiful captures, Karen! I too love the ability to look at the things I once took for granted. Photography has opened up a whole new world for me!

Barb said...

So beautiful - I love mosses and lichens - fantastic macros!

Gillian Olson said...

Wow, these are fantastic pictures. Great series.

SKIZO said...

Beautiful.Pictures

Jo said...

Beautiful all :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Sometimes a change of scenery can really open your eyes. It certainly got your photography juices flowing. I have lichen growing on my trees and fences, so I think it might be a good project for the Raynox macro lens. Thanks for the inspiration!

geanina said...

beautiful!
the green is fantastic...:)

marijke said...

Fantastic captured this little creatures of mother nature. They are so beautiful.

Jana said...

simply fantastic details+finds...love them!

Nadege, said...

What delightful macros...the last capture is a just fantastic.

CameraCruise said...

Wow, fantastic macro shots!

André Almeida said...

Wow!! amazing macro shots!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I love the minute in nature. Small things come to live with a macro lens. Love them all.

Seeing Each Day said...

There is SO much to look at in all of these photos - they're all incredible. That fourth one in particular.

cloudia charters said...

good reminder that everyplace is special


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Rosemary Aubut said...

Simply a devine post!!!!

ladyfi said...

What marvellous finds! Love the lighting in that first shot.

Lisa said...

Isn't it neat when God gives us such a surprise discovery?!
That's really cool!

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, fantastic colours. I am greeting

Tamar SB said...

Wow these are awesome! Such stunning finds!

Ann said...

Nice photos...
good for you,
you can find beauty in ordinary and simple things.

Kim said...

Oh I simply love the water droplets you captured in that one photo. All are gorgeous, though.

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Your raynox did a great job yet again. I love to photograph lichens and mosses especially mosses with moisture on them. I put my extension tubes on my 50mm this week though haven't published any yet.

Madge Bloom said...

Love lichens and moss... I especially like that 2nd to last shot with the dew drops!

Stephanie said...

what beautiful shots!! They are stunning.

I'm linking up from deb duty...so glad I have found your site.

NatureFootstep said...

you captured the tiny world beautifully.

Angie said...

Incredible really, the timing of this post. Just today I was saying to my son that I felt I'd photographed everything here there is to photograph - and, that I needed a road trip to find new and exciting things to take shots of. And then I read this tonight. Wow. :)

Thanks for reminding me of something I needed to be reminded of. That is, my own backyard.

Warm hug,

Angie
xx

Birgitt said...

...nice, a look back onto the little things, thank you for it ...

greeting from Birgitt

cris photos said...

A beleza está em toda parte, basta ter sensibilidade para ver. Lindas fotos.

Beijso

Clairejustine said...

Beautiful macro shots :)

arvind said...

Lovely DOF and you are right. At times we just need to look around!
btw that sounds like a great lens.

Connie Smiley said...

So beautiful, the wonders God lavishes on us--right under our feet! Gorgeous shots, and a good reminder to keep my eyes open.

Kim, USA said...

Oh wow this is a perfect macro shots love it!
Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it.


Kim,USA

Joy said...

Nature has no many wonders and thank you for reminding me to take a little closer look. Beautiful!

Marie said...

If we would all only look beneath our feet, above our heads, at our elbows, we would see so many wonders! I love the rainforest mosses, but the close-to-home lichens are truly lovely too. Very very nice post!

Gunilla said...

Magical shots! Mosses and lichens are very pretty.

Doug Hickok said...

Wow, wonderful exploration of the miniature world around you. Your super macro lens works great I would say!

My Life Under the Bus said...

These sort of shots always look like a peek into a small fairy world - beautiful shots!

strandskatan said...

I love your macro photos :)

HoodPhoto said...

An amazing set of macros. Love them all!

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Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh it is amazing to see all He has given us when we take the time to look closely. Some really awesome things!! :)

Anita Johnson said...

Your photos always inspire...it was 101 degrees here today...still glad for summer days. Your winter looks beautiful, especially those flowers!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Beautiful!

flowersandhome said...

Great photography!!!! There's beauty to be found in the smallest things. Love that.

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