With the challenge from Anne Sandler whose blog Slow Shutter Speed features macro shots of flowers with welcome tips for improving any close-up shots. So, like Anne, I, too, am sharing flowers and a pretty seashell, but ending with something I love to get close to: good food!
Flowers in the rain, like the tender, just-barely-open hosta flower pictured above and this giant hosta leaf are always welcome sights. And, at the first sign of water droplets, I rush out to my front yard, camera in hand, to catch the details.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may have noticed my love of white flowers. Southern Magnolias in my subdivision are ancient and enormous, and the big-enough-to-climb-on branches produce magnificent blooms every May. I like to move in close so I can see the centers — before they bloom and then after — as if I’m privy to a secret show.
Seashells, too, have great appeal, especially if the details reveal nature’s order and beauty.
But perhaps some of my most fun “small world” encounters occur in restaurants. Both my husband and I enjoy fine dining, especially when a fabulous presentation at the table rivals the creative preparation of fresh ingredients in the kitchen. Joseph Lenn, owner of JC Holdway in Knoxville and a James Beard award-winning chef, knows the art of cooking. But equally important to him is making sure each dining experience is a delight for the senses. Even my iPhone shows off Lenn’s creations pretty well since the right amount of light came streaming through his city windows the afternoon we most recently dined out.
This spring, I’ll be taking Anne Sandler‘s suggestions to improve my macro shots. And hopefully, when the Covid-19 quarantine has been lifted, we’ll tour gardens, eat in restaurants, and take more trips — looking for the little things.
Be sure to check out the other posts on this Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #130 so you, too, can pick up some tips and enjoy the captures of a Small World.
Rusha & Bert