Up Close

A few images to fit this week’s WordPress theme – Close up… Not the closest I have ever been, but I did feel these were in the spirit of the prompt:

I loved the detail of the upper fronds of this fern , set nicely against an out of focus backdrop….

patterns of a fern

patterns of a fern

Secondly, a little bird in a local garden came up quite close..female moorhen??

What big feet you have...

What big feet you have…

…and this next one was taken in half a gale, the autofocus struggled so I had to resort to manual focus, not entirely successfully! As this would be the last opportunity to take this in my garden, I was determined to get an image as the flower burst out of it’s protective covering (the remains of which are on the right):

Agapanthus unfurling

Agapanthus unfurling

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38 comments

  1. Love the fern Sue. I thought that the protective covering on the plant was a small mouse at first!
    Perhaps I need better reading glasses?
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. They are all great and special, each in their own way. How on earth didi you manage to get such a fabulous shot of the Agapanthus in half a gale? We had a gale yesterday and I hardly managed to open the door of the car against the wind! 🙂

  3. I love the patterns of fern leaves and the spores on the reverse. I also like your agapanthus and the bokeh. Mine (which only has two flower spikes this year) is just beginning to open. Whether I get a photo or not depends on whether it stops raining! And yes, I do believe your bird is a moorhen. I was surprised to see how long their legs are and feet so large when I saw one out of the water.

    • Sue

      Ah, thanks for the confirmation re the moorhen lady! Glad you enjoyed these… I’m just annoyed with myself that I haven’t taken more shots of the Agapanthus, but life gets in the way!

  4. Gorgeous close ups, Sue. Well done with the Agapanthus in the gale. 🙂

  5. These are terrific Sue – I especially like your fern shot. Excellent use of aperture

  6. I love the fecundity of the spores on the underside of the fern. And i’m always delighted by transition shots, like your star of Bethlehem.

  7. Check out the legs on that chick. 🙂 so delicate. For some reason I want to imagine high heeled shoes for birds.

  8. Very well done, the slightest breeze and give up. I took photos of my agapanthus a couple of years ago, from bud to open. This year they didn’t flower though 😦

  9. Beautiful pictures Sue – the fern is so interesting!

  10. Fren image is just perfect here Sue.

  11. gorgeous up close and I love agapanthus!

  12. The fern for me, please 🙂

  13. Great shots, Sue. You are so good at this…as usual. And the fern is gorgeous against that backdrop.

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