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“Seeing nature really close up reveals so much more. Fine details and endless variation brings curiosity and encourages learning.” – Ed Lehming It seems the more time I spend observing and photographing the forests around me, the more I am drawn into the fascinating variety and complex systems that they present. Yesterday was another nice day, with sunshine and comfortable temperatures which meant that some of the blossoms which had been stalled… Read More

“There can be wonder in even the simplest things. Sometimes it takes closer observation to see how amazing the mundane can be when you spend time considering it.” – Ed Lehming One of the most satisfying aspects of photography is the ability to spend time with what I photograph, both during and after making the actual photograph. The chive blossom pictured here is a prime example. I was out in the garden… Read More

“Alien yet familiar, careful observation shows us things we had not expected.” – Ed Lehming Blue Cohosh is one of the first wildflowers that made me begin to better understand the natural environment around me. When I started spending more deliberate time in the forest, starting to see it as a participant rather than a casual observer, I could not help but notice this purple-blue plants that emerge with the rest of… Read More

“The intricate details in nature are a thing to behold. The closer you look, the more wonderful those details become.” – Ed Lehming For me, trout lilies mean spring is in full swing. The ground and air have warmed enough that these wonderful little flowers open up; one or two scattered randomly at first and then a profusion of yellow splashes seemingly everywhere. The more I observe them the more subtle differences… Read More

“Look with open eyes and you will see the beauty of the waterfall.”  ― Anthony T. Hincks In this post, I decided to return to Hraunfossar, as fascinating series of waterfalls in Western Iceland. What makes these falls so amazing, is that at first glance, they look like typical waterfalls, pouring down from some glacial stream. But, on further inspection, you realize that there is no stream involved here, at least not in… Read More

“Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe I’ve been wanting to make this image for a few weeks now, but the crocus did not cooperate, till now. Just as temperature began to climb, heavy rain and wind set in, followed by yet another cooling. So, many of the blooming plants… Read More

“Most of the things that give life its depth, meaning, and value are impervious to science.” ― Rachel Naomi Remen I know, this gets done a lot, but I could not resist giving it a try with a couple of my tulips, which are now past their prime. It does give a nice view on the structures inside the blossom and was fairly simple to light, which is really what I was… Read More

“When you take the time to look carefully, deliberately, to really ‘observe’, the fine details missed by our busy, ever filtering consciousness, expand our vision and engrave that memory more permanently.”  – Ed Lehming It’s the details, those little things our brains tend to file away as inconsequential within the broader experience, that fascinate and perplex me. Our eyes see it all, but very little is retained, unlike the camera, which keeps a permanent… Read More

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ― Clare Boothe Luce Today, the roses in the bouquet opened up a bit more, including this beauty, which was tightly closed yesterday, now partially open and looking marvelous and nearly flawless. I’ve spoken before about the wonderment that I experience when making these macro images and I ask myself why I have missed these wonderful details all these years. The fine structures of a simple rose… Read More

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder I could not resist taking a closer look at this poinsettia. As a child I’d often look at them, marvelling at the bright red petals, that are actually leaves, rather bracts (modified leaves), as they transition to green further down… Read More

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Back to the University of Toronto and the wide assortment of doors and interesting architectural styles. An observation, as I considered this image: it is incredible, the details, some quite obvious, that we miss. For example, this door has two very… Read More

“Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.” ― Roman Vishniac I dug this from my archive of macro experiments from earlier this year. The clematis looks, to me, like some creature from a sci-fi movie or some… Read More

“I have always been caught by the pull of the unremarkable, by the easily missed, infinitely nourishing beauty of the mundane.” ― Tana French A theme that keeps coming back to me is how much detail and beauty there is in mundane things. Generally, when Queen Anne’s Lace finishes blooming, I hardly notice them, until winter when the basket-like heads get coated in little snow ‘hats’. It was not till I was… Read More

“Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.” ― Claudia Gray One of the benefits of this style of photography, for me at least, is noticing the intricate details in commonplace plants and flowers. This clover was growing wild along my neighbour’s lawn, which is significantly overgrown enough… Read More

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world. Another of many images made during my tour of the University of Toronto campus. The door above belongs to the University of Toronto Art Museum. I did not know that the U of T had an art museum. Shortly after making this image,… Read More

“Everything made by human hands looks terrible under magnification–crude, rough, and asymmetrical. But in nature, every bit of life is lovely. And the more magnification we use, the more details are brought out, perfectly formed, like endless sets of boxes within boxes.” ― Roman Vishniac A return to the garden, where early summer flowers are beginning to show their stuff. This beautiful white cosmos was glowing so brilliantly in the morning sun,… Read More

I love fine details and textures. It’s especially those little details I notice after having walked by something dozens of times and I find myself wondering, “Why did I not notice that earlier?” One of the joys of photography is being able to capture those moments and reflect on them later. Above is a bronze statue of fish outside the Food Building at the Canadian National Exhibition. I’ve been going to the “EX”… Read More