While taking some photos out in the garden this morning a little butterfly stopped by on the Abelia Grandiflora for a quick drink. A small moment to appreciate the beauty of life and nature.
Photo 1: Abelia Grandiflora in morning light
Photo 2: Little Visitor on Abelia
Photo 3: Taking a sip
Photo 4: Abelia love
Magic happens in the minutiae of life that we are usually blissfully unaware of. Seeing the details of the ordinary up close gives a new perspective on the wonders the world holds.
I have always wanted a macro lens but could never justify the cost of one. Instead I used the lens I had to get as close as I possibly could.
Then for Christmas my darling husband surprised me with a beautiful new Canon macro lens. I almost wept with joy! A whole new world of photography awaited.
These are my first attempts at using it. It will take some getting used to but I am already thoroughly enjoying myself.
Photo 1: Salmon pink Geranium Macro
Photo 2: Abelia husks
Photo 3: Pink stocks
Trying out the magic of monochrome.
Photo 1: Society Garlic
Photo 2: Rose
Photo 3: Dahlia
Photo 4: Heather
Photo 5: Abelia
Photo 6: Betty Boop
Photo 7: Blossoms and lines
Photo 8: Hawthorn
The Abelia plant needed some trimming so of course I got distracted by the beauty of the small blooms while in the garden.
Photo 1: Abelia in bloom
Photo 2: Abelia buds and blooms
Photo 3: Abelia buds
Photo 4: Abelia trio
Photo 5: Abelia duo
Photo 6: Abelia sprig
Photo 7: Abelia cluster
The Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus), is a common Swallowtail Butterfly of western North America and today one paid a visit to our garden while my daughter and I were weeding. Fortunately my camera was close at hand as I had just taken some more photos of the roses. It moved rather quickly around the Abelia though so I was lucky to get a shot!
Photo 1: Western Tiger Swallowtail on Abelia
Photo 2: Papilio rutulus on Abelia