“Seemingly simple but infinitely complex, nature offers new details the closer you look.” – Ed Lehming
This week I decided to take a break from mainstream social media, especially Facebook. I’ve found myself overwhelmed by intense and polarized viewpoints. I think much has to do with the physiological effects of the COVID restrictions. It will be some time before the full effects are assessed and understood. I know it’s been challenging for me on more than a few occasions.
I’ve seen decades-long friendships erode and fall to pieces; not my personal friendships, but those of other acquaintances as each party tries to win the other over to their viewpoint. So, as the Facebook battle rages, I’ve decided to withdraw for a while and focus on the seeming simplicity of the natural world around me. Hopefully, some of my photos and thoughts will bring peace and pleasure to others as the human world rages on.
Though I’m withdrawing from Facebook my blog is set up to push content to my Facebook business page and that will continue because many of my customers and fans don’t do WordPress. I’m very happy that I do because the blogging community is so much more respectful and appreciative that mainstream sites.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1/500 sec, f/18.0, ISO 800
“Until a seed falls to the ground and dies, it does not become a tree that later yields many fruits and multitude of seeds. We must embrace the thought of death for us to have greater lives.” ― Sunday Adelaja
We used to call these ‘giant dandelions’ as kids. Why not, they certainly look like dandelions, even the blossoms look like overgrown dandelions. The Goat’s Beard seed head, looks like a gigantic dandelion. This image is not even a macro, it was made with my 70-300 zoom at a high aperture to show all the detail. I looked at it in amazement. It’s almost perfect, not a single seed has departed. It’s beautifully full and round, I can see right to the centre.
The wonder here was that this was not an isolated specimen. There were three or four to chose from, the sun was bright and clear, making for ideal conditions for this shot, along the roadside near Slabtown, on Boulter Road.
This is another image from my day trip through Bancroft’s back-country.
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 240 mm 1/60 sec, f/16.0, ISO 500