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Pictures for Pam, Day 71: Birch Tree Catkins

Pictures for Pam, Day 71: Birch Tree Catkins
(+3 insets)

Today it was raining when I got up and it's been coming down all day long without a break! Steve couldn't work on the deck which turned out to be perfect because we needed to do our weekly shopping anyway. We also had a mission to find a perfume bottle for my Macro Monday project I'll be working on this weekend!

We first went to a local dollar store because I figured I'd find some silly thing there I could use. Macro photography can turn any horrid thing into a masterpiece if you put your mind to it and I expected to find some choices there…or at least one thing. WRONG! We found fragrant soap, body wash, candles, some other stuff, but no bottles or containers of any kind! SHOCK!

Moving on, we decided to try a new hobby store that opened up in the past few months. I hadn't been inside yet so it was fun to look around. So much STUFF! Ooooooo, if I could wander around taking pictures I would have such FUN! However, the last time I tried that (YEARS ago) I was verbally spanked by staff for taking pictures of store products…"It's against store policy." I felt both annoyed and humiliated by being treated like a child molester because I had a camera in my hands and these days I would never dare such a thing unless I felt comfortable asking beforehand.

I'm happy to say that I hit the jackpot at the craft store! There were about a dozen choices and a few that weren't too expensive to justify for a photography project…$8.00 later I had my bottle, hooray!! It will be great fun to play around this weekend with various ideas! :)

Today's picture is again from our trip down to San Anselmo. Outside of Nathalie and Brian's home is a lovely birch tree that was covered with beautiful catkins. Oh my, it was a fun challenge to get proper dof for the ones in back to be in a pleasantly blurred focus! I have another one as an inset!

I am also sharing two other catkins that I've photographed in the past. Aren't catkins cool? They come in so many shapes and sizes! :)

Pam, I hope that you are doing ok today after yesterday's disappointing news. Needing to wait nine more months before a possibility for medical intervention is such a total bummer. I feel very sad and wish that I could do something more to help you right now. Please know that you're in my thoughts all the time my dear.

Explored on 1/19/19, highest placement, #1.

Marco Zerbini, Diane Putnam, Holger Hagen, Rainer Blankermann and 51 other people have particularly liked this photo

41 comments - The latest ones
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Very original macro!
21 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Fabulous capture and PIPs!

Admired in:
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

21 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club has replied to Pam J club
Ich wünsche dir alles Gute, Pam, und bleibe tapfer!
21 months ago.
Wow! Amazing macro shot., Janet.
Perfect work.
Love it
21 months ago.
Chrissy club
Als Kind habe ich es geliebt sie in den Fingern zu zerreiben
21 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Very beautiful...
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe série de macros !! J'adore les feuilles de chêne sur fond de ciel ; c'est si gai , le moral remonte en flèche
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
simple mais efficace !!
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wow, what a lovely series of close-ups Janet.
21 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Wunderschön, Janet! Du kündigst den Frühling bereits an.
Ich wünsche dir hier zunächst auch ein schönes Wochenende und melde mich demnächst noch etwas ausführlicher,
schöne Grüße über den großen Teich!
21 months ago.
 Cämmerer zu Nau
Cämmerer zu Nau club
Für Allergiker Sinnbilder harter Zeiten...
Sehr gelungene Nahaufnahme.
21 months ago.
Zulma club
That's a coincidence, I can't believe you went to a dollar store today. I did that just recently and I found lots of useless goodies. I come here, my friend, in peace :) I like this expression, so there, I used it just for you. There is plenty of hopeful feelings in your photos today...I am floating with pleasure jumping from one to the next...a treasure you shared with us. I appreciate your kindness my friend, not only with your photos, but your words here and your words there...and my silliness rejoices when you call them that. I am what I am and love to be what I am, and when you see me as such, oh yeah, my dear Pod Sister, that's why we are one of a kind my dear dear friend. Come again, call me, bring some candy. A huge hug and a wonderful weekend for you Janet.
21 months ago.
Gudrun club
Your photos are perfect, you caught all the lovely detail! On a photo is the only way I can enjoy catkins, outside they are the bane of my existence;-)
21 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Super shot, great detail and dof, love the PiP's
21 months ago.
tiabunna club
Lovely close up images, Janet. Your time spent getting the bokeh right has certainly paid off and the colours are great. I was interested in your notes about chasing an interesting bottle, as just a few days ago I received this year's subject list for our local photography club competitions - and one of the subjects is (you guessed it) glass!
21 months ago.
uwschu club
Wunderschöne Naturaufnahmen mit vielen kleinen Details
21 months ago.
 Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
attractive work → lovely picture
have a good weekend, Janet → Marek-Ewjan
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
A wonderful series, Janet !! Catkins are so pretty !! Wish you a lovely Week-End !!!!!!
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo nature avec notes. Nicole. HFF.
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Que la nature est belle... il suffit d'ouvrir l'oeil et le talent de la photographe accomplira des merveilles !++++++++++
Bon WE Janet.
21 months ago.
cammino club
When the flowering of the birch trees begins, a terrible time of suffering begins again for allergy patients. Great macro!!!
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
You have captured each shot with a very suitable and beautiful background. All in the focus I guess. All pictures are so captivating Janet.
21 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
C'est beau de voir les détails de la nature que vous savez très bien nous montrer !
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Another beautiful detail of nature ! Love this kind of picture !
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
Yes, it's very unpleasant to be called to order when you take pictures, it happened to me on an open-air flea market. Fortunately there are not many of these people!...
I also like catkins.... But we know they like being in the trees! :o))
**hugsss** De jolis chatons sans griffes
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
The detail you've captured in these catkins (all of them) is nothing short of fantastic Janet; and you've really cracked the depth of fied/bokeh conundrum - which I also find very difficult at times.

Beautifully done my friend..!!
21 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
Great series, Janet! I like the sharpness of the birch tree catkins. The bokeh is great too.
21 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Beautiful vegetable series !!!!!!!
Have a nice peaceful weekend!*****
21 months ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
Fantastic series , Janet!!!
So masterly captured and composed in every detail with those impressive 'touches' of bokeh,
I enjoyed a lot your nice report about your ..bottle hunting, too !:-)
Wishing you a very good weekend !
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
Really beautiful photos, Janet. Wonderful details. I love the bokeh effect in the main photo.
21 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Superb detail!
21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Wonderful close up with superb detail and amazing bokeh Janet,
Once again I enjoyed the narrative and the pips
21 months ago.
Bergfex club
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful pictures!
21 months ago.
Ecobird club
A beautiful and perfectly captured series of images Janet. Lovely sharp detail and terrific dof. I agree - catkins are pretty cool! They remind me of lambs' tails! I love that your photos have wonderful stories to them and your enthusiasm for life really shines through. Have a good weekend.
21 months ago.
RHH club
In answer to your question, love them, but the trees are still sleeping here. A wonderful set of photos, Janet, and they make me even more ready for spring. Just nothing doing here in spite of milder weather and lots of rain. Did get out yesterday and took some photos of raindrops and will probably do the same today.

Question about doing the sous-vide in a crockpot. Do you still need to vacuum-seal the meat? I think I am going order the temperature controller but have that question first, since we would also have to get a vacuum seal system of some kind. If that's the case which one do you and Steve use?

Doesn't look like we are going to see the eclipse tomorrow night. The clouds have moved in and they seem to be here to stay for a while. Just thankful we are not getting the storms that the midwest is getting. I'll be really bummed, though, if you get photos of the eclipse and I don't get any. That just wouldn't be fair.

That was interrupted by a walk. Took the camera along and was glad I did. Got some decent water drop photos. Just wish it would clear before tomorrow night.
21 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
This main images is truly wonderful Janet, the DoF and detail are amazing. Reading your narrative of you daily life makes for a great start to my day!
21 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Janet, I really admire your ability to find delight in the simple and small things of nature. This set of images is a prime example. Beautifully captured!!
21 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Eine tolle Bildfolge. Faszinierende Details. Schöner Verlauf der Schärfe!
21 months ago.

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