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Pollinator of the Day #2508

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Pollinator of the Day #2508

The newest lens to ride in my pocket weighs a little heavily, but it does a fine job at peering at close things, which is what’s important.

The sun was tasty on the way back this afternoon, and when I stooped to look closer at these tiny flowers, I found that someone else had discovered them as well. She explores them in a different dimension than I do, something rich in chemical sculptures, and she can immerse herself in the bouquet much more fully than I can.

I get to admire her iridescent sheen and the crimson of her eyes, as well, though, so I am happy with my lot.

it breaks my heart
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August 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Shoulder of the Day #2411

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Shoulder of the Day #2411

The sun was enticing today and I had been indoors too long, so I went out planning to sit in the grass and continue reading up on Scala. I turned the corner and didn’t get much farther, because tiny flowers were blooming on spiraling spikes and little round planets, and every species of insect had come out to enjoy them.

I am still learning to use my macro lens, but I think I’m getting a bit better at handling it; just tracking a tiny subject can be tricky, and the depth of field is so shallow that it’s easier to focus by moving the camera than by adjusting the lens itself. The limbs upon which the insects foraged swayed in the breeze, and the insects themselves constantly crept round every side of their little worlds; all this made the process of taking photos a game of reflexes and timing and luck, just hoping to capture images in the fleeting instants when they became crisp.

The bees look like they are coated in brown sugar, or like they wear the thick fur of a bear, which seems appropriate in its own way.

I just want to be near you

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April 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm

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Fields of the Day #2235

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Field of the Day #2235

I passed a shrub on the way home, and stopped to consider it as a tiny forested planet, with the inevitable population of little creatures hidden on its surface. Of course, in a matter of moments it became apparent that it was an active harvest site for honeybees, busy as always.

I still want to capture the feeling, in some way, of approaching a place like this as a bee – flowers as tall as yourself stretching off into the distance, each strong enough to accept your weight and grant you something sweet, apparently without asking anything in return. A tangle of twigs and leaves descends into the core of the planet where other creatures live, going about their lives in the half-light.

a whale in a cubicle

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November 4, 2014 at 9:48 pm

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Mosaic of the Day #2215

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Mosaic of the Day #2215

I’ve been giving myself far little time to stop and admire things as I go about my day. The sidewalks are all lined with these lovely mosaics, pale sunsets mixed with still-lively greens, browning leaves eager to start their next lives.

There’s a tiny spider on central leaf here, going about its tiny spider life. I noticed it only now; I wonder how far it’s wondered since I took this photo.

I wouldn’t mind going on a walk across a giant autumn leaf, myself.

put your face up to the window

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October 16, 2014 at 12:21 am

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Glass of the Day #2082

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Glass of the Day #2082

I’ve missed photographing tiny things lately, often stopping to admire the little worlds in leaves and flower buds and walking away because my camera can’t look that close. Laurel was sweet and gave me a few magnetic phone lenses for my birthday, and I was able to spend a few moments this morning peering at the blackberry bush creeping over the fence behind my apartment. The bees were humming there, as if they were waiting for me, and with an uncertain hand I brought my phone close enough to get this shot. This worker’s eyes are hidden, but her wings are soft glass, and I’m thankful for her contribution to the day.

the space between you and me

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June 5, 2014 at 1:22 am

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Twig of the Day #2070

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Twig of the Day #2070

Alina and I found this little twig-bug nestled in the corner by my doorknob today, waiting sedate for us to come in. I didn’t know they existed around here at all; this fellow’s motivations for sitting in plain site on my door left me a bit baffled. His wooden facade is well-designed, but when I looked very closely I could see his yellow eyes staring out – that inscrutable, reptilian stare.

We coaxed him into a clean tomato sauce jar and brought him inside for a bit, and Alina tossed about the idea of keeping him as a pet, but the idea of capturing a creature and confining it in small spaces is something I’d prefer to do only in video games. Eventually we let the little twig out into the blackberry bush, free to grow into a tree someday.

be a better friend

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May 23, 2014 at 11:31 pm

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Partnership of the Day #2055

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Partnership of the Day #2055

I was focused on the little worker when I took this photo, but I love all the shapes in the plant she’s collecting from. The buds and stems are all dressed in bristles, with bloodthirsty-looking thorns blocking the path upwards, but the flower itself is something soft and white, and a bed of coiled stamens waits eagerly for visitors.

While all the other bees kept leaping from flower to flower, this one waited patiently while I piloted the camera. Perhaps she fell asleep on the job.

I can’t say

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May 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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