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JC Raulston Arboretum in May

Visiting my mom in Raleigh, NC, last weekend. I had a chance to take my new camera to the JC Raulston Arboretum. I spent many hours there when I first started out in photography.  They always have a fantastic array of colors and textures to capture – at any time of year.

On this visit, my timing wasn’t perfect, however.  I was too late for the blooming apricot trees and tulips, but too early for the roses, daisies and black-eyed susans (and subsequently the pollinators that frequent them). No matter, the gardens didn’t disappoint.

The bromelaids weren’t blooming yet, but their foliage have such interesting patterns.


The lavender was in full bloom throughout the gardens. The aroma was wafting around every corner.


And this cool thing. These spires are supposed to grow straight up, but this one got a little jiggy.

Cool Flower Bud

It was fun revisiting an old favorite.  More photos to come…

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Meadowlark Gardens – Macro Flowers

Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, VA was one of the locations on my new camera’s bucket list (see the list here).  It was a nice open space with spatterings of interesting garden art, flowers, walking trails lined with old hickory trees, and water features with a gazebo and waterfowl. Plenty of photographic subjects!

They open at 10, so I wasn’t able to catch the first light, but 10am light isn’t bad either. 🙂   In fact, the best shots were taken before the sun got high in the sky.  Took about 150 photos with my new camera with 2 separate lenses (See the whole collection here).

Below are my personal favorite macro shots from the day.  Tomorrow I’ll post some beauties taken with the wide-angle lens.

Red Tulips with Macro Lens
Red Tulips with Macro Lens 1/400sec at f/5.0
White Tulips
White Tulips with Macro Lens 1/100 sec at f/2.8
Red Tulip Macro
Red Tulip with Macro Lens 1/1600 sec at f/3.0

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Autumn Foliage (Yellow)

If you read yesterday’s post, you read the reasons behind my posting monotone shots of autumn colors. I love these colors (yes, I’m an autumn!), and set out to capture them in all their vibrance.

Thank you, macro lens, for coming through for me. I never should have doubted you. 😉

I love this color (too)!

Autumn Foliage (Orange)

Occasionally, a photog will have an epiphany and realize that the POV they’ve persued with their photography thus far is perfectly in line with what excites the passion in their soul.

I think this happened to me JUST now. I’ll explain.

Today’s goal was to capture the essence of the colors of autumn. The trees are spectacular and are at their peek coloration in my area. As I scroll through the shots from today, I recall doubting the macro lens could fully encompass the vastness of the landscape, and that I needed to use a wide(r) angle lens (which I don’t own) in order to achieve the “landscape” aspects I was going for. But as I review the shots captured with my macro lens, something is igniting in my soul.

There is a certain *something* a macro lens can capture, that a wide angle lens cannot. It’s personal, intimate, I’m not sure how to describe it. Suffice it to say, that I regret ever doubting my macro lens.

It will forgive me. 😉

With this shot, it is the intensity of the color, and the chaotic angles of the vibrant leaves that makes me remember … oh yea, this is what I love about autumn. It’s the COLOR, not the landscape. I….LOVE….THIS….COLOR! 🙂