Abstract Daily Post

Ben, you’ve inspired me to post to today’s theme: Abstract!  I’ve been experimenting with a micro lens that I have for my iPhone camera.

A common spring flower and wildflower – close up of the stamens of each flower. Two  different views of the same piece of coral. These close images transform these photographs of otherwise ordinary elements in our environment.

 

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Shells from Abu Dhabi 2016

Whenever I travel, I seek out opportunities to be near water and to search for shells and glass; I enjoy the solitude of walking along the shore. While in Abu Dhabi I didn’t find any glass, but I found many different shells, most of which were small – an inch or smaller, some barely the size of pencil lead.

Below are some specimens.

Abu Dhabi Shells collage

Most of the shells pictured close up are less than an inch – long or in diameter.

Sprinter – spring & winter in Ohio

The spring flowers, shrubs, and trees are trying to burst forth despite the colder-than-normal temperatures in the midwest. This afternoon I found two clusters of blooms on what I always referred to as a holly bush. Since I had a significant amount of inside time this weekend, I decided to find out the real name of this bush growing in my backyard: Mahonia aquifolium, also referred to Oregon Grape, the state flower of Oregon, according to State Symbols USA.

Oregon Grape collage

Mahonia Aquifolium or Oregon Grape