I could not believe how gorgeous these leaves were.  Real, beautiful, purple fall…

I could not believe how gorgeous these leaves were.  Real, beautiful, purple fall leaves! 

It probably looked a bit strange when I pulled up to the curb, opened the door and proceeded to pick through the leaves on the ground, pulling a handful of the prettiest ones into the car before driving away.  Many of the things photographers do look strange.  But wow!  These are just too cool!  Maybe next time I can get some fresher ones and press them.  What do people do with pressed leaves?  There must be some artsy thing you can do with them. 

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For #hqspmacro  +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels

#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones

#leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder

I could not believe how gorgeous these leaves were.  Real, beautiful, purple fall leaves!

It probably looked a bit strange when I pulled up to the curb, opened the door and proceeded to pick through the leaves on the ground, pulling a handful of the prettiest ones into the car before driving away.  Many of the things photographers do look strange.  But wow!  These are just too cool!  Maybe next time I can get some fresher ones and press them.

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For #FloralFriday here is a tiny part of a Geranium flower. 

For #FloralFriday here is a tiny part of a Geranium flower. 

Also for #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
+MacroAddict #floralphotography #macro4all #macrophotography  

For #FloralFriday here is a tiny part of a Geranium flower.

Also for #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
#BTPMacroPro – +BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
+MacroAddict #floralphotography #macro4all #macrophotography  

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Look closely

Zinnias are amazing.  The seductive red center is surrounded by little gold spirals, tiny yellow petals wrapped into tight coils.  Look between them and you'll see tiny red sprigs of fractal-like detail, reminiscent of a dragon's tongue or a single lick of fire.  Then you reach the fuzzy starfish.  More than a dozen of these little yellow starfish form a circle between the flower's center and the outer petals.  Their arms are like pipe cleaners, covered in dense fur to catch the dusting of golden pollen.  Among the fuzzy starfish and the first of the wide, flat petals, you can see delicate yellow strands.  The petals, you'll notice, get more and more orange the farther they are from the center. 

You might have gone your whole life without ever seeing a zinnia flower. 
Life's like that.

For #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
#macrophotography #macroaddict #macro4all #flowerphotography #floralphotography #floralfriday #zinnia #yellow #orange  

Look closely…
Zinnias are amazing.  The seductive red center is surrounded by little gold spirals, tiny yellow petals wrapped into tight coils.  Look between them and you’ll see tiny red sprigs of fractal-like detail, reminiscent of a dragon’s tongue or a single lick of fire.  Then you reach the fuzzy starfish.  More than a dozen of these little yellow starfish form a circle between the flower’s center and the outer petals.  Their arms are like

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Dianthus.  The center anthers seem to be covered in tiny gems.  You'll see…

Dianthus.  The center anthers seem to be covered in tiny gems.  You'll see if you look closely.

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels

#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey curated by +Kenny Jones

#macromonday #macroaddict #macro4all #macrophotography #flowerphotography #dianthus #anther  

Dianthus.  The center anthers seem to be covered in tiny gems.  You’ll see if you look closely.

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels

#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey curated by +Kenny Jones

#macromonday #macroaddict #macro4all #macrophotography #flowerphotography #dianthus #anther  

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The golden stigma of the crocus flower is absolutely amazing.  How many times have…

The golden stigma of the crocus flower is absolutely amazing.  How many times have I glanced upon the petals without noticing the beautiful, ruffly centers? 
Note to self:  Look for the beauty within the beauty.  See it all.

For:  #BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey curated by +Kenny Jones
+FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Albert Vuvu Konde +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and  and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik

#macromonday #macrophotography #flowerphotography #springflowers #crocus

The golden stigma of the crocus flower is absolutely amazing.  How many times have I glanced upon the petals without noticing the beautiful, ruffly centers?
Note to self:  Look for the beauty within the beauty.  See it all.

For:  #BTPMacroPro – +BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey curated by +Kenny Jones
+FLOWER POWER curated by +Edith Kukla
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor

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