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Pictures for Pam, Day 48: Oak Leaf Stuck on Ponderosa Pine Bark

Pictures for Pam, Day 48: Oak Leaf Stuck on Ponderosa Pine Bark
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What is your favorite kind of picture to take? Are you drawn to landscapes or street photography? Do you enjoy nature photography of all types or do you prefer city-based themes? Are you a "Jack of all trades" because any type of photography is interesting to you?

For me It's always been macro. Ever since I was a little kid in San Francisco, I've loved discovering tiny things. I used to love walking up our neighborhood street and turning over bricks to see what was underneath. Salamanders, ants, spiders, bugs, slugs and snails, and sometimes even centipedes. Lots of mushrooms, weird fungus and molds, it was all interesting to me. I loved finding the smallest flowers in the cracks of the sidewalk and I would collect a miniature bouquet to present to my mother with an ecstatic, "Mom, I brought you a mouse bouquet!" She loved them and put her tiny flowers into a shot glass and placed it on the kitchen table for all to see. Climbing around Mt. Davidson, which was our backyard, I spent hours exploring the different areas and learning about the countless things that grew there.

Three of the things I love are tiny details, textures and abstracts. As a kid, I would hold a leaf up to my nose and just stare. The wonderful details, textures and abstracts I saw were so beautiful and fascinating to me, but it's hard to tell someone about these things. You have to show them. And still, people could rarely see what I did...that was pretty frustrating.

Discovering macro photography changed everything. For the first time I could finally show everyone exactly what I was looking at! I could zero in on tiny creatures or flowers or I could show the textures of a subject. Abstracts were finally something I could photograph and allow the viewer to ponder and question. And by learning how to use a specialized macro lens, the magic of bokeh can be added into the mix for a magical touch I'd never considered as a child. A new way to explore the world...how cool is that? What adventure! What freedom! Macro photography opens the door to a universe of endless possibilities on a very small scale. That is why it's my favorite kind of photography.

Today's picture is another "caught" leaf, but I think it's pretty special because it requires looking closer. It's also both a texture picture and an abstract because at first it's hard to see what it is.

A few weeks ago, I was wandering around in our lower forest. At one point I looked up and noticed an Oak leaf stuck on the trunk of a Ponderosa pine tree. Did you know that pine trees can have different looking bark? That never occurred to me until I took a good look at our pine trees. Ponderosa pine bark looks like jigsaw puzzle pieces! I know you don't believe me, so please take a look at the insets so I can show you! The leaf in today's picture got stuck on one of the "puzzle pieces"!

Pam, I hope that all is well with you today and that you are happy and comfortable. Give your dogs some pats from me and tell them that they're doing a great job being a good friend to you. I hope they give you lots of good energy and put a smile on your face! I am thinking of you all the time! :)

Explored on 12/27/18, highest placement, #6.

Marco Zerbini, Magali, Keith Burton, Rosalyn Hilborne and 41 other people have particularly liked this photo

36 comments - The latest ones
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome series!
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
22 months ago.
WOW! Simply stunning,
Love the colors and textures.
Beautiful and crisp image.
Perfect work, Janet.
22 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

22 months ago.
Ruth club
This is wonderful Janet, the textures and tones are superb.
22 months ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Yes nature is wonderful & I like you LoVe macro it takes you deeper, but also I try other, but macro is best......Beautiful details on all your pips Janet well done !!!
22 months ago.
uwschu club
Erstaunlich, was sich da einem vor Augen öffnet, wenn man die Rinde genauer betrachtet.
Schöne Serie, Janet
22 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Nature is a great artist .... the photographer also !!!*******
22 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Amazing series with lovely details.
22 months ago.
sunlight club
Sehr interessante Muster; du bist eine gute Beobachterin der Natur. Super!
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, a marvelous series, Janet !!! So very interesting to make macros !!!!!!!!!!
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
22 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
Very good....by switching swiftly from insert '3' to '4' we can see the perfect fit... most interesting info' and expertly photographed... we are learning more every day !
Best wishes to you... from David J'... UK.
22 months ago.
Zulma club
....and the winner of quantity of PIPs is......absoultely historical (not hysterical) presentation. What a vision my friend. You did it again..yeah for macro!! I like macro too, but I think I over macro almost everything, but it is a world I love to get into, and the camera lets me travel there, especially after my eyes went blurry from usage :)) The whole series is TOPS, and I want better weather to go out and shoot...will wait for it. Thank you Janet, your touching words were reread many times...believe me. A big hug.
22 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
De la magie tout simplement... la nature nous révèle toute sa beauté en macro, waouh quelle série... un véritable travail d'Artiste Janet, mille bravos !++++
22 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A wonderful series, Janet ! That's art !
22 months ago.
Boro club
SUPERBE ***************
22 months ago.
RHH club
Another photo to add to your oak leaf series! Lovely shot, Janet.
Haven't been around for several days. We've been enjoying family and feeding family. Utter chaos with twenty-seven people around but a happy and fun chaos. Ordinarily we don't like crowds either but we enjoy family gatherings and all the love and fun. Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and wish you and Steve the best int he new year.
22 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
22 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful still life!
22 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
It looks like leather, it's fascinating!****
I love the "mouse bouquet"*****
22 months ago.
Anji. club
Magnifique ! Une série époustouflante !
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Danielle club
Présentation admirable et recherchée !!!!
22 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
Wonderful set of pictures - or better set of wonderful pictures ,-)
Yes, macro photographie is a very special kind of photographie, enabling one to show unknown details to others.
22 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Marvelous macros in a fabulous series, love the idea of a tree hugging oak leaf Janet,
Colours and textures are remarkable and a whole series to be proud of !
22 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
In Baumrinden kann man ganze Landkarten finden - und Fabelwesen auch. Das zeigst du hier wunderschön, Janet!
22 months ago.
tiabunna club
A marvellous series and jigsaw pieces indeed, Janet. Lovely details and colours too.
22 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Une belle série intéressante avec beaucoup de détails ! La macro nous montre se que nous ne voyons pas, d'où l'intérêt de celle-ci.
22 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Beautiful effect and fine PiPs too!
22 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
delightful natural abstract art, superb close up and PiPs !
21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What fascinating pictures Janet. I've never seen bark like that. Puzzle pieces explains it completely. I love macro just like you. Anything in miniature fascinates me. I made a shop and a couple of dolls houses for my daughter, a zoo, fort and castle for my son. I also love making jewellry and am thinking of putting small flowers in the resin, like you small items are brilliant. When I can afford it, I'm going to buy a good camera but one with a detachable lens, so I can get a good macro lens and then I'll be "cooking on gas" as they say!!!!
21 months ago.
Gudrun club
Absolutely wonderful shapes and colours! Small things are just amazing if presented the way you did!
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
it is very nice
21 months ago.
Rafael club
Me encanta el micromundo!!!
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I really like the earth colours in this image Janet...........and of course the textures and shapes. The leave stands out beautifully against the bark and as usual, you've captured it in perfect detail. Great work as always..!!

PS: I love the images in the PiPs too. Some wonderful shapes there!
21 months ago.
Un beau travail de texture et de richesse des détails, bravo.
21 months ago.

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