Macro Noses and Flowers

I think I mentioned that I ordered a macro lens as my birthday present to myself.  Well, it got here during the week, so I was playing with it today.  The most handy thing I could find to photograph was the house animals.





I think this is going to be one of my best presents ever!  At first I was disappointed, thinking I could get closer with my zoom lens that came with the camera, but then I remembered something I read many years ago from a source I can’t remember.  The tradeoff for the convenience of the zoom lens is clarity.  The clarity of the macro lens is great!

I did go outside and find some subjects other than noses.  The storm last July broke many limbs in my oak trees, and the winds of the last few weeks have made it dangerous to stand under the trees.  I have several limbs in my front yard waiting to be picked up.  The grass is growing!

The bleeding hearts are coming up.  Is it just me, or do they look like celery?

The sweet woodruff is coming up in the flower bed.  It fills in around the rocks.  I love its delicate little flowers.

The magnolia tree is getting ready to bloom a full month early.  I can’t believe the horribly warm weather we’re having.

Crocus!  I think this is the only one that hasn’t been killed off.

It’s nice to have such a bright color out there in the yard.

I certainly think I’m going to like this lens a lot.  I hope I have plenty of chances to keep playing with it while I’m off work for spring break this week.

Linking to Macro Monday.

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. NatureFootstep
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:09:01

    love those macro shots. You are already good at it. :)


  2. blue gryphon
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:17:52

    Wonderful use of yer new macro lens, Teresa! Truly not bein’ wasted! Love seein’ th’ Crocus in bloom, me backyard be fillin’ with em n’ me peonies be pokin’ up already!


  3. TexWisGirl
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:21:26

    i bet you’ll have a lot of fun. those noses are too cute!


  4. Pat
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:39:58

    Looks like you’re quickly getting familiar with that new lens! Lovely shots.


  5. Creationsbydina
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:43:35

    Wow! Those pictures are amazing!! They are so clear. You can see every little detail!!


  6. Alica
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 19:42:03

    Very, very nice!!


  7. Kathy
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:49:20

    I would love to have a camera that takes photos like this. Do you need a tripod so it doesn’t get blurry or is it really fast?


  8. Robyn
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:54:51

    Your macro shots are so fun … noses! You must be a quick photographer also. That or your animals are deep in sleep.

    I can’t believe how green it is, blooming flowers and planting already? I noticed the grass is starting to green up here.

    Looking forward to more neat Macro shots from your personal birthday present.


    • Teresa
      Mar 18, 2012 @ 21:32:14

      Bob and Leo were sleeping. Mushu was resting. Snickers was just staring annoyed. They are pretty good. :-) It’s crazy how green it is.


  9. Marigold and the Goatmother
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 21:49:51

    Beautiful clarity!!!! I know you are going to enjoy that lens so much! You already took beautiful photos – now it just gets better. I also have serious rock envy for the one with the sweet woodruff. Awesome!


    • Teresa
      Mar 18, 2012 @ 22:05:02

      There were a lot of decorative rocks already here when I moved in. I need to do some serious weeding and work in the flower gardens this year.


  10. Sharon Qualls
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 21:54:37

    It does look like you will give that macro lens a workout!

    Happy Birthday again, sounds like you had a wonderful day!


  11. Dolly
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 22:08:05

    Very pretty pictures! I enjoyed the post!


  12. Lui
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 22:13:49

    I am featuring macros of my dog this week too. Aren’t they adorable! I only have a point and shoot ;-)


  13. Candy C.
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 22:27:00

    Love your macro noses, especially Mushu! :)
    Yep, the bleeding hearts look very much like celery! Looks like you are going to have lots of fun with your birthday present!


  14. Carpe Diem
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 01:54:40

    Lovely macro post!


  15. Molly
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 05:16:20

    Ohhh I want a macro lens…. but the cost of them is insane. *sigh



    • Teresa
      Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:48:40

      It is crazy. Mine was the least expensive, and there was a $400 difference in the next one up. Poor sales guy seemed embarrassed at the huge difference.


  16. Carol L McKenna (@artmusedog)
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:27:02

    Love the macro shots of your pets ~ delightful and the nature shots are equally wonderful for different reasons ~ glad you bought yourself this great birthday present ~ thanks, namaste, Carol ^_^


  17. TheChieftess
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 12:25:08

    Ohhhh…I’m jealous!!! You’ve gotten a great start with your new lens! I love Bob’s nose!!! Perfect!!! Actually, all your shots are wonderful…love the crocus!!!


  18. Tatjana Parkacheva
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 14:24:53

    Lovely macro photos.

    Regards and best wishes


  19. doublebhomestead
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 19:55:15

    Congrats on the new lens, you look like you will really enjoy it!


  20. kateri
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 22:25:17

    Love the crocus! Mine are long gone.


    • Teresa
      Mar 21, 2012 @ 08:27:46

      Most of the bulb flowers here bloom way after everyone else is done because they really need dug up and replanted. They are so deep I don’t know how they ever make it.


  21. Mimi Foxmorton
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:46:08

    I’m already LOVIN’ your new lense….and your artistic eye! :)


    • Teresa
      Mar 22, 2012 @ 12:48:08

      Thanks. There’s not a lot of interest in the macro world quite yet, so the noses seemed like a good idea. Glad Leo’s allergies weren’t bothering him. :-)


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