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….
Secondly, a little bird in a local garden came up quite close..female moorhen??
…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):
See more Close up here.
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.
I don’t know the botanical term for the cover that protects flower buds as they develop,,,,,
I think it is something like Mousus Fieldius, but I could be wrong…
Or harvestus, even…..
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! 🙂
Well, I am not tall, and I knelt down to take this shot anyway – there’s something to be said for a low centre of gravity!
😀 😀 👍 Thanks for all the good laughs, Sue!
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.
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!
Gorgeous close ups, Sue. Well done with the Agapanthus in the gale. 🙂
These are terrific Sue – I especially like your fern shot. Excellent use of aperture
Thanks, Tina – glad you like! I am experimenting more with limited DOF these days, love my prime lenses 🙂
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.
Star of Bethlehem?
That’s what we call agapanthus. It flowers at Christmas, and it’s a weed.
Oh, right! I learn something new every day! I have just discovered there are 10 different varieties of this plant 😊
Check out the legs on that chick. 🙂 so delicate. For some reason I want to imagine high heeled shoes for birds.
Love it! What an idea!
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 😦
Mine didn’t flower last year….
Beautiful pictures Sue – the fern is so interesting!
Thanks, Meg! 🙂
Fren image is just perfect here Sue.
Many thanks, Robert 🙂
You bet – I’m trying to get caught up after being away…
gorgeous up close and I love agapanthus!
Thanks, Cybele! 🙂
The fern for me, please 🙂
That fern certainly seems to have been popular, Jo
Great shots, Sue. You are so good at this…as usual. And the fern is gorgeous against that backdrop.
Many thanks, Ann-Christine! only just seen this, sorry for late reply
No worries – I am always late…
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