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Morning dew

dew-grass
Tiny dew droplets catch the morning sun

Tiny dew droplets sparkle in the morning sun in this very close look at a blade of grass. The “large” central drop is perhaps on millimeter in diameter.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

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Droplet

droplet
A drop of morning dew on a blade of grass

If you slow down, take your time, keep your eyes open, you just might see something special…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4.8, 1/2000″ exposure

Rye and Blue

grass-irises
Rye grass flowering by the pond

I’m always amazed at what is revealed when you get in close to a subject. From a distance (and without my reading glasses on…) these rye grass stems (please correct me if I’m wrong on the ID) don’t look like much. But on closer inspection, the tiny flowerettes reveal themselves. A shallow depth of field blurs the irises that were blooming behind.

I’ve been using my full frame Nikon again recently along with a wonderful Sigma 105mm macro lens. I’d kind of forgotten what wonderful photos this setup can take, especially with the magic bokeh!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/11, 1/100″ exposure.

Timothy

Timothy grass in bloom in our front field
Timothy grass in bloom in our front field

Timothy grass is an abundant perennial grass in our region (and many others!) It’s pipe cleaner-like heads burst with tiny flowers as it blooms.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

Soldier Fly on Grass

A soldier fly feeds on a blooming grass head.
A soldier fly feeds on a blooming grass head.

Here’s another example of macro photography showing you something that you otherwise wouldn’t see. This soldier fly was busy sipping on the tiny flowerets of this grass seed head. I didn’t see the bright red mass on its side until I blew up the image. I’m still not sure what it is – whether it’s some kind of bladder for storing nectar or a parasite of some kind…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

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