Spruce needles

Spruce needles

In the wintertime, in a sometimes bleak world of snow and ice, it’s often all in the details.  Look closely.  And when you’ve looked closely, peer in even more closely.  You’re bound to be surprised.  Amazing hidden details will present themselves.

Whorls in an old deer salt lick tree trunk

Whorls in an old deer salt lick tree trunk

My camera discovered the close-up world this afternoon and I was enthralled.  I would love to post at least twelve pictures, but there’s  limited space on wordpress for that many photos.  I think our human eye often scours the larger landscape looking for interesting subjects.  We often want big thrills, big sunrises, wide vistas.  We’re not patient enough to hunt for the tiny, the obscure, the miniature world.
The final picture is my favorite.  The world looks so gray and black and white outside.  Except for the flashes of red berries or sumac branches, the green of the pine and spruce trees, and the blues of earth and sky (truly the earth often looks blue in pictures) it often seems a rather foreboding monochromatic world.  Yet, if you peer in closely, look what you can find!  Greens and purples arise from the bark of the trees, for heavens sake! 
So get your cameras and head outside.  Move in close to everyday objects.  Your camera make look blurry for a moment, but if you press down the shutter half-way and wait, the camera focuses.  Snap the photo.  Be prepared to “oooh”  and “ahhhh” as the hidden beauty of a detailed world reveals itself.
Green moss on maple tree

Green moss on maple tree

 
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