How are you all this fine day?
I am well, though it is blowing an absolute gale here and it's chilly, chilly, chilly! It's been a while since I uploaded photos onto my computer and I thought that some of you might like to see what I was experimenting with recently: close ups!
Now, I highly advocate going walking with a hand lens. These little beauties open up the world to us in ways that you cannot imagine. I used to have both 10x and 20x lenses, but the 10x is unfortunately broken (soon to be replaced!) and so I am seeing things in extreme close up at the moment. It's great!
This is a hand lens. If you want to go on a trip of beauty I recommend that you get one now :)
I always wanted to show people the wonders of the world in close up. The amazement that you feel as you get closer to the object and the tiny features jump into focus is a great one. However, I could never manage to get good enough photos to portray this...until I started to experiment with more functions and found that, hey presto, I could!
Hazel Corylus avellana
Just look at the juiciness of those young leaves. The beautiful, rich pink colour. Even look at the shape of the hairs! It looks sticky, and maybe it is, for look at that midge caught on the leaves. The plant is beautiful, just look at the detail, the veins, the variety of hairs (some glandular, some hispid), the variety of colours, and all on a plant that we would call green! Stunning, gobsmacking, glory-making. Yes, glad we are to live in a world such as this.
Forest Bug Pentatoma rufipes
See the origami-like folded wings, the sectioned antennae, the two claws at the end of each foot. Appreciate this small bug for what it is. Yes, an insect, and at first glance brown, until you see that it's burnished bronze, greeny, with reddish spots, the detail in this animal is immense.
Lichens on a log
Common Toad Bufo bufo
The colour of his skin is camouflage, and this beauty is certainly camouflaged. However, you get many different colours of toad. I've seen ones that are bright yellow, reddish, greenish. The variety is as large as that within any human population.
I love amphibian hands and feet. There's something so human about them, and you can feel them clasp. The warty skin is a defense mechanism - other animals know that the skin is nasty. I used to find almost whole toad skins close to otter feeding remains. Otters, with their clever hands, can skin a toad to eat.
Knot Grass Moth caterpillar Acronicta rumicis
That's all I have just now, but there may be more. What do you think? Should we all be paying more attention to the small things in the world as well as the larger? Are these tiny things just as lovely and just as special as more noticeable things? I'd love to hear your thoughts below.