Travel theme: Close-up

Several things converged this week in the blogosphere.  First, Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? posted her theme for this week — Travel theme: Close-up Then, while scrolling through the blogs I read, I spied enviable close-ups on All Kinds Of Everything and Northwest Frame of Mind where the shots were taken with an iPhone! So, as I was “traveling” in my neighborhood this morning for my usual 30-minute walk, I spotted some pretty flowers all dewy and everything. I whipped out my iPhone and gave it a shot.  Although you may note that I still have a lot to learn about focusing with a camera phone, you have to admit, Mother Nature did her job quite well!

Purple Iris

Purple Iris

Knock-out roses: Pink

Knock-out roses: Pink

Knock-out roses:Yellow

Knock-out roses: Yellow

Knock-out roses: Red

Knock-out roses: Red


A beautifully variegated clematis climbing up a neighbor’s mailbox.

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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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20 Responses to Travel theme: Close-up

  1. These are so beautiful, Rusha! I absolutely don’t see anything amiss in these iPhone pics! I’m still just pointing and shooting with mine but I’d like to learn a lot more. I do know there are apps out there you can buy to practically turn your phone into a DSLR. I guess I’m just not ready for the big time yet! 😆

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks! I’m going to keep working with my iPhone. It’s always handy, and I think I can get even better with it with practice. Appreciate the kudos!

  2. LuAnn says:

    Very well done Rusha! I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have never used my iPhone to take photos yet. 🙂

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks for the compliment! Ya gotta try that phone! It takes good pictures, and it’s almost always handy. I’m just not as good with close-ups, but I’m going to practice some this summer.

  3. Jo says:

    Lovely! I can’t seem to get much out of my phone camera…

  4. jillscene says:

    These are beautiful! They encourage me to try to get the best out of my iPhone camera! My favourite is the pink rose – iI had one just like it for a long time in my garden: New Dawn. It only flowered once each year but oh, what a show it put on!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks so much! I have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the posts by other bloggers and looking at their pictures. I, too, am a fan of these knock-out roses — they pretty effortless, and I don’t have the patience it takes for “real” roses! Thanks for following my blog. It’s great to have you aboard!

  5. Gale says:

    You did a beautiful and those flowers are also beautiful!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      They were such a surprise this morning. The dew glistened in the morning sun. As you can imagine, I didn’t get my heart rate up much, nor did I walk for 30 minutes. Too busy smelling the roses, I guess!

  6. suzjones says:

    Flowers are always my favourites to photograph. These are gorgeous.

    • Rusha Sams says:

      Thanks for the comment. I’m thinking I love taking pics of flowers, too! Someone in the blogosphere shared a calendar she had made with 12 pics of flowers. I’m thinking of collecting my photos and looking at them again in December.

      • suzjones says:

        That sounds like a wonderful idea for a Christmas gift. I think I might make calendars for my family this year also 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    Love these colorful spring flowers! Great photos, Rusha! The purple iris is gorgeous!

    • Rusha Sams says:

      All the purple irises are gorgeous in that planting area, but they are fading rapidly. Glad I caught a few of the “whole” ones. Thanks for reading and looking!

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