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While local garden centers are filled with pretty displays of spring bulbs and primroses I’m starting to worry about the mostly dormant state of my own yard.  Plants that usually bud and flower in early February show no signs of growth and my weeds are the only green things that look truly happy but this one brave hellebore is giving me hope for a brighter season to come.

Taken with my iPhone 7+ and edited in Snapseed and VSCO.

For more examples of mobile macro photography please enjoy Sally’s latest post over at Lens and Pens by Sally.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Portrait of Jan de Leeuw)

October is John’s favorite month of the year because it means he can start installing his latest Halloween creations.  I’ll be sharing little peeks of spooky cheer throughout the next two weeks beginning with this portrait of Jan de Leeuw.

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The original painting by Jan Van Eyck was painted in oil on wood in 1436 and hangs in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum.  Our version is a photo reproduction on a larger scale and hung in an oversize wood frame from Goodwill.   He is placed at the top of a staircase with amber lights angled to shine up under the chin adding a spooky ambiance to the overall composition.   Today I’ve chosen to highlight just the face in order to concentrate on his direct gaze and the interesting web of crackle lines.

Posted a part of Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Macro.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Acorn)

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


This tiny acorn fell from its Oak tree and landed at my feet in front of Starbucks where Ryan and I were relaxing with iced coffee and cookies after his first day of High School.  We decided there must be a connection between the potential for growth in both the acorn and a young freshman that is stronger than mere coincidence so this little nut is now part of Ryan’s good luck charm collection reminding him of all the exciting things ahead as he grows and learns about the world.

Posted as part of Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Macro.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Robin’s Egg Blue)

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Last week I sat down with this tiny eggshell and my new Olloclip determined to get at least one clear image with the macro lens. Even though the focus isn’t perfect I like the colors and thought the soft pinks added a nice touch.

Posted as part of Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Macro.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up In The Garden

This week, discover the hidden details that can only be seen up close.

Brie Anne Demkiw – The Daily Post

Close Up

During our walk to the grape vines from my previous post we passed a colony of bees harvesting pollen from this lovely border of sedum…

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  Close Up

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Boom!)

iPhone Saturday 7-18 TNT

It’s been a hot dry summer here in the Pacific Northwest and for safety’s sake many towns around the region banned fireworks over the 4th of July weekend but these little boxes of TNT Poppits were apparently ok for the general public to throw at the ground for maximum noise and a bit of exploding fun. Every grocery and convenience store had stacks piled up in the impulse buy sections and a few days before the holiday John and Ryan came home with a bag full of brightly colored boxes. After a night of popping and crackling with three cousins we still have plenty left for New Years Eve 2016 so tonight I sat down with one box, my new Olloclip macro lens and the Hipstamatic App determined to take a clear macro shot in time for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Macro.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro in Pink

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One last peony photo for the year as part of Sally’s Mobile Photography Challenge:  Macro. Shot with my iPhone 6 native camera and edited in Snapseed.

iPhoneography Challenge: Macro (Spring Trillium)

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When we lost the large trees in our front yard I thought my favorite patch of shade loving trillium was finished but we carefully transplanted a few hardy specimens to the back side of our house and this little seedling is growing strong tucked away under a leafy rhododendron.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Photography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Macro.

iPhoneography Challenge: Macro (cork it)

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Pinterest is full of crafty projects using old wine corks and while I’ll admit there was a time last year when I thought it might be fun to make something I can’t seem to get past the “save the corks” stage.   Our bags of corks may never grace the walls as a DIY bulletin board but they made a great subject for Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly phoneography challenge:  Macro.

iPhoneography Monday: Macro (Velella Velella on the Washington Coast)

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I’d never heard of this little creature before we found a beach full of them during our summer visit to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula but I’ve since learned we stumbled upon a rare summer beaching of thousands of Velella Velella.

Millions of tiny blue sea creatures are washing up on beaches along the Pacific Northwest for the first time in years, igniting the curiosity of beach-goers from California to Oregon.

At first glance the creatures resemble something like a jellyfish, but according to Jim Watanabe, a lecturer at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, they’re actually a much different invertebrate known as a velella velella.

“In terms of taxonomy, they are as different from jellyfish as mammals and birds would be among vertebrates,” Watanabe told the San Francisco Chronicle

Unlike jellyfish, velellas float along the surface of the water and use a sail-like anatomy to catch shifting winds, blowing them about the ocean like a tiny blue catboat. The creatures float face down and use a dangling tentacle-like apparatus to snatch up and eat zooplankton and small fish, NBC Bay Area reports.

Normally, the velellas hangout just offshore, but as Watanabe notes, changes in wind patterns can push the critters onto beaches and out of the water.

That’s certainly been the case this summer. Some tweets place the velella velella hoards as far north as British Columbia, Canada. Some of the earliest reports came in early July, when sightings of a blue mass first popped-up along beaches in Oregon, according to KING5.

“We saw probably this population about 40 to 50 kilometers offshore and they just covered the sea surface,” NOAA Fisheries Biologist Curtis Roegner told Washington’s KING5. “There were millions and millions of them as far as we could see. It was quite impressive.”

Now, the velellas are showing up much further south, along beaches in California, for the first time in years.

“It’s been eight years, plus or minus, that we’ve seen them,” Monterey Bay Whale Watch marine biologist Nancy Black told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

But the creatures are there in great force now, with more and more blowing ashore each day. And while the sight of a clump of blue, alien-like creatures might strike fear into your heart, the velellas are very much dead without water and pose no threat to humans.

By Eric Zerkel
Published Jul 31 2014 04:46 PM EDT
This image was shot with iPhone 5 and edited in Snapseed and Oggl.  I’m posting it today as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge.

iPhoneography Monday: A Light in the Dark

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Finding a well-lit macro subject inside my house on a dark January afternoon is a challenge but yesterday I spent some time studying an old ship’s lantern on our mantel.  The brass and glass light above is one of a set of three from my father-in-law who spent his working years sailing the world, away from home for up to six months at a time.  When John was small these long voyages felt like forever but when Joe returned he always had an exotic find and at least one wild story to share with the family.  Some of these finds have made their way to our home now and listening to John tell Ryan about Grandpa Joe’s travels brings Joe back to us too.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge:  Macro.

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro (Summer Hydrangeas)

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December in the Pacific Northwest means plenty of wet days and early sunsets.  Today’s 8:33 hours of daylight passed far too quickly but these bright blue Hydrangea flowers remind me that summer is just a few months away. 🙂

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge:  Macro.