Reflections and textures (2)

I like textures and colors.  Leaves and flower pedals that have begun to wilt and shrivel display excellence in both.  This large flower pedal had dropped from a bouquet I bought from the grocery store and I set it on my desk for future photo opps.  Over the months, the pedal withered and its tones became more earthen and pronounced, its texture aged from velvety smooth to paper-like wrinkles.  Sitting at my desk working I noticed the reflections coming off my darkened cell phone screen.  I placed the aged pedal on the screen and liked what I saw.  I snapped several images with my camera and macro lens.

June 29, 2017
Sunroom, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Japanese maple leaf (1)

After a spring rain I noticed the brilliant red of the Japanese maple leaf that had fallen onto a beautifully green leaf of a plant below the tree.  With the freshness of the rain the colors were vivid and the leaves shimmered from the wet and the soil was dark.  Since nature had provided such a wonderful display of shapes, textures, colors, and sheen, I just had to come up with a composition I liked.

May 21, 2017
Front yard, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Creeping Charlie (2)

Another view of the small creeping charlie flowers and their leaves.  I used a wider format and placed the purple flower on the left half and the green leaf on the right.  Again, with the precise focal length of the macro lens only a sliver of the view is in focus, including the tiny translucent filaments in the flower and some wonderful texture of the leaf.

May 20, 2017
Front yard, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Creeping Charlie (3)

In my front yard at the base of a huge maple tree (and spread into much of my lawn) the small light purple flowers of creeping charlie, though a weed, are a pretty little contrast among the green of their leaves and my grass.  I laid in the grass and put my macro lens at ground level, pointing slightly upward to get a larger than life perspective of these little spring flowers.  Here, the focus is on the middle, at the base of the flowers reaching upward and on the buds.

May 20, 2017
Front yard, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Textures of an old pedal

The same pedal from the still life.  I like the wrinkles, the whites, tans, and caramel tones and the main vein running diagonally through the center.  The lone water drop makes a fun focal point I continually return to as I follow the central vein’s meandering flow and bumps and the surface texture of the pedal in the front.

April 28, 2017
Sunroom, Livonia, MI
Nikon D90

Euphorbia colors

At the Matthieu Botanical Conservatory, I saw this wonderful pattern of soft white with lavender lacing on a ridge of a Euphorbia plant.  The small heads protruding along the ridge remind me of snails peaking out.

January 28, 2017
Matthieu Botanical Gardens Conservatory, Ann Arbor, MI
Nikon D90

Flower with droplets

Beautiful colors.  Water droplets on the petals.  The Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle has a wonderful display of floral beauty.  I used my macro lens for this image.

November 19, 2016          Belle Isle, Whitcomb Conservatory, Detroit, MI          Nokon D90

Fall leaves

Fall leaves

Taking a walk in Sterling State Park looking for birds and other interesting things I came across these leaves that had fallen on the walkway in their fall colors.  They became a graphic pattern as well as a golden ruddy set of evenly spaced leaves on the asphalt surface.  The give and take of the leaf faces and backings make a nice color dull color dull… pattern.

October 16, 2016          Sterling State Park, MI          Nikon D90

Lavender veins and rain drops

Lavender veins and rain drops

Good shadows drifting across this broad leaf.  I really like the subtle tones of the leaf that seems to have been white washed over undertones of sage with the soft lavender of its veins.

September 18, 2016          Belle Isle, Detroit, MI          Nikon D90