Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ground Level

























Our recent showers of rain have resulted in these little wonders popping up all over our lawn. There is  a large variety of shapes yet all are rather small. It's been quite pleasant to observe them, unlike the weather forecast for  next few days which includes words like heavy rain, damaging winds and flood watch. I'm certainly hoping and praying we won't be in for a repeat of last month's far-too-close floods (or worse). Other areas of our country are battling bush fires even today.


*Photographic note: My Raynox macro conversion lens was used for each of these. Photos #3 and #6 were taken with my DSLR+50mm+Raynox. All the others were taken with my fixed lens Lumix + Raynox.
 (I took some of these late yesterday and the rest this morning. I was enjoying photographing these fungi while some of our children were playing cricket with a tennis ball nearby. One stray shot hit the Raynox, snapping the lug which broke recently. That was the end of yesterday's macros! Superglue to the rescue again and I was able to use the Raynox again this morning.)


Sharing at Weekly Top Shot, I Heart Macro, Macro Monday.

65 comments:

Jeanne said...

Love the details that your great macro lens has captured. Hope that your rains do not amount to very much. How awful, the cross between flooding and those terrible fires.

LynCC said...

OK, these are really remarkable shots. That first one seriously enchants me.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The first two have a translucent quality. All of these are beautiful. What a treat to have these crop up, just begging to be photographed. :)

Nikki said...

You and I must have been thinking alike Karen. I was out photographing the same thing yesterday but didn't get the wonderful results that you did. Yours look amazing.
I hope the weather is kind to you. The rain has gone here but now we have very strong winds.

Ash said...

Ohh..these are breath-taking shots! Great pictures and they all look simply wonderful. If I can say this, the Lumix + Raynox show much depth. Superb!

Joop Zand said...

These are really wonderful...... compliments Karen.

Greetings, Joop

Cinzia said...

E' la prima volta che vedo dei funghi trasparenti! Li ho sempre visti colorati, o di un colore unico o bianchi...hai come sempre colto degli ottimi dettagli, ottimo lavoro, Karen!
Cinzia

Giga said...

Mam nadziję, że nie będziecie znowu przeżywać zagrożenia powodzią. Życzę tego z całego serca. Zdjęcia grzybów są cudowne. Pozdrawiam cieplutko.
I hope that you will not experience the risk of flooding again. I wish it with all my heart. Photos of mushrooms are wonderful. Regards warm.

Sweet said...

Superb shots! The first ones are really amazingly beautiful.
Greetings

geanina said...

Gorgeous images!;)

Barb Brookbank said...

Could that first mushroom shot be any more amazing? Wow - stunning work!

Helen Campbell said...

How lovely! The first two mushrooms are so delicate and lovely. Your shots are stunning. Have a wonderful day!

Beth said...

Awesome photos! Beautiful!

Lisa Gordon said...

Karen these are truly magnificent images.
Beautifully done!

Linda R said...

Everything about these photos make me happy. Can you see me smiling. They are macro shots at its best..

Hugs~

Nancy said...

Beautiful and amazing!! :)

papillon said...

Very nice pictures of these mostly small creatures.
J&C

Filip and Kristel said...

Good serie but your first picture is excellent like a fairytale.

Greetings,
Filip

flowersandhome said...

Photographing is quite an adventure at your place ;-) Hurrah for superglue!
LOVE the little mushrooms, sooooo adorable!
Bye,
Marian

Astridka said...

I love the first picture!
Sincerely
Astrid

Fun60 said...

I have never seen a fungus like that first one. Quite ethereal. Hope the weather does not develop into more flooding.

TheChieftess said...

Fabulous shots!!! And how interesting the first two mushrooms are...so translucent!!!

thefisherlady said...

wonderful the view ants see each day... watch out for stray balls
~ great shots
~Our toadstools are still hiding under a blanket of snow!

Marie said...

Like illustrations from a fairy story book! Beautiful!

Jill Harrison said...

wonderful macros. I particularly like the first one with the water droplet. Wonderful work with your macro conversion lens. I have a close up filter that does a great job too.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a wonderful week.

Joyful said...

Just lovely. xx

Leeloo said...

Absolument merveilleux !!

Rosemary said...

I like being here at ground level, brings me "down to earth" where we should all be, marvelling at nature's beauty.

Silvina Soave said...

Preciosas fotografías, gran captura de los detalles! Un abrazo grande.

Ocean Soul said...

We thank God for superglue...and for healthy active kids! LOL. Here's hoping that you only get a shower and a breeze! No more disasters!

pattisjarrett said...

Those are tiny treasures. So glad you took the time to notice them.

NatureFootstep said...

gorgeous macro shot. Love them all.

Lúcia said...

The first one is soooo beautiful (the fungi and the photograph)! ;-)

amanda said...

I love these photos!
And you are a good advertisement for this macro conversion lens... I may have to look into one. :)

sharon said...

amazing fungi!!!

Andy said...

Excellent photos! I would have difficulty with my camera to get this close to the ground.

Anne Payne said...

These are lovely pictures. The first two look almost translucent.
I'm a new follower from Weekly Top Shot.

EG CameraGirl said...

I feel like I have just visited a magical fairy kingdom.

bettyl said...

Very cool shots! I can imagine you on the ground taking them!

HansHB said...

A great serie of macros!
Well done!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Excellent macro shots for WTS ~ glad you were able to fix your camera ~ ^_^

Evelyn S. said...

These photos should be in a book! They are glorious!

Bev Carter said...

Wow! These images are incredible! After viewing these, I want to take my image off the list.
Have a great weekend,
Bev

Jana said...

fantastic macros+good to hear you could do diy-repair!

Laura said...

awesome shroom pix!

makiejl.com said...

really beautiful images!!!
~Linda

Karen said...

These are delightful.

Lmkazmierczak said...

The first one is top notch with the droplets on the blade in the background...wonderful shots all♫ My Top Shot effort: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/02/tic-tac-toe-skyscapes.html

Madge Bloom said...

Oh my gosh, those images, especially the first one... are incredibly delicate... amazing! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #71!

Kay said...

These are so beautiful! Some of them look like images from a fairy tale, so tiny and delicate. I hope you didn't get terribly wet and dirty as you moved in for these shots. (Visiting from Weekly Top Shot.)

Ginx Craft said...

What wonderful photographs. They are really beautiful.

sillarit said...

Wow, great macros, love the greens. Well done !

Jama said...

Gorgeous macro!

Frau B. said...

Wow! Great pics! I love mushroom-photographs.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous shots! I especially like the almost translucent mushrooms in the first shots.

vincibene said...

Fantastic series! I love the first picture!

Sharyl said...

Beautiful mushrooms! They have a "magical" look about them in your photos! They also seem so peaceful, hidden away from all but your eyes and camera!

namaki said...

Wow ! Wow ! What a lovely serie but my favorite is definitely the first one !

msdewberry said...

I love all these shots!! Especially the first shot with the little waterdrop! I am such a sucker for waterdrops!

Kerri said...

I'm sure that's where the fairies live!! Stunning images!

Katrin Klink said...

Absolutely amazing - love it!

Orvalho do Céu said...

Olá,
Es pe ta cu lar!!!
Bjs fraternos de paz

Sarah (HoodPhoto) said...

These are all just gorgeous. I especially love the white ones. They are almost see through!

✿ chica said...

BELÍSSIMAS!!Parabéns!beijos,chica

Cindy said...

Excellent captures and very beautiful.

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