freeing up Fridays with flowers

I’m about to acquire a macro lens for my Panasonic Lumix G6 which is a cause of great excitement and anticipation. It will mean getting closer to flora and fauna as well as focusing more on getting the focus sharper than I currently do! The tripod will have to come out of its hiding place more often too!

wondering if I want to see Rose chafer beetles up closer still!
monochrome close up of teasels
teasels offer up intriguing details for the macro but even close-up are amazing

Whilst this kind of discipline brings its own rewards, I am being pulled in the other direction – that of movement, artistic expression and the desire to unfreeze the frame sometimes. I’m not captivated by video but do enjoy the ICM – getting it right means somewhere between complete abstract lines and the double vision of an alcoholic haze. Here in a  Suffolk churchyard full of grasses and wildflowers I tried to catch the wind…Click gallery for closer look. Wishing you all a great weekend!


19 thoughts on “freeing up Fridays with flowers

  1. Some brilliant shots here! Would love to see what you do when the lens arrives. I used to love Macro photography myself, but since changing to my Canon I no longer have a suitable lens for it. It’s always an interesting perspective, getting really close to the detail of something. Photography is all about different perspectives on things, be it close, far, above, below, in motion, when still… Great work 🙂

          1. What a treasure trove of info you are, Laura. Am astonished by the theme-park notion, and also the replanting of sorghum. It was of course a staple in Kenya – different varieties covering different environmental-weather variations so that people ever had enough to eat. Then the colonials made them grow maize that not only needs masses of rain, and so is a disaster if the monsoon fails, but also wrecks the fragile tropical soils. This was one of the ways we introduced hunger and starvation into Africa, and the legacy continues with everyone hooked on their ugali (maize porridge) fix, which also has less nutritional value. Hmph. The things we do.

              1. This is a v. interesting article, Laura. Of course in a traditional African growing scheme – before it was interfered with by colonial agriculture officers, there was much hedging of bets – different crops, and different varieties of crops grown according to soil and geography. And the main thing was they were growing to produce abundance to EAT not as surplus to export. That really screwed things up. Did you ever see my post on napier grass smut subject of OH’s thesis:

                  1. I think in the past, before the colonised were confined to reserves (which added to the soil erosion problems) farming was more mobile. Shifting slash and burn cultivation for one. But also everything was grown mixed up together which reduced pests and diseases. In fact when we left Kenya, German agricultural consultants were telling smallholder farmers to go back to this method to reduce pesticide use. Makes you want to scream. Ergot is bad news, but again I imagine it’s a problem of monocultures – however green farmers may be. Big fields of stuff may be at risk. Climate change is key too, esp with fungal attacks. All fascinating stuff though 🙂

      1. I do sometimes use a 60mm macro for food, to get closer but not so close that you can’t actually see what the food is 🙂

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