April: Macros in the garden

As it’s now April, Jude has a new theme for her garden photography, Macros or close-ups. I have no macro lens, so for me it’s just getting in as near as I can – hope these will be close enough, Jude!

I have chosen a couple of images taken in my garden (when I had one), a few years ago. The prevailing colours are green, pink and white (I do love a theme running through my post).

I was most taken with this wispy, fluffy stuff (scientific term!):


….and here I got close to the little Spartan apple tree in blossom, and cropped the image a bit further:


Perhaps next week I might wander around someone else’s garden, armed with some extension tubes if I buy them…

Do pop over and see what other close-ups there are over at Jude’s blog here.



  1. Cristina

    Love the first image ! so fluffy 🙂

  2. I’m glad someone else has no macro lens, and still manages to capture from close ups. They’ll do me!

  3. The apple blossom is so gorgeous. But what is that wispy plant. I feel I should know it.

  4. I also love the wispy fluffy stuff!!! Makes for an interesting photo.

  5. Nice shots, Sue. I call it ‘fluffy stuff’ too!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. wonderful photos, Sue. I sometimes put a looking glass in front of my camera to get very close, but not all cameras like that.

  7. Love the ‘fluffy stuff’, Sue. So pretty, as is the apple blossom. Green, pink and white blend so well together. 🙂

  8. Sue, these are so pretty, I do like the pink flower.

  9. Got a soft spot for fluffy stuff! 🙂 🙂 And the blossom is gorgeous, Sue.

      • I’m surprised that you don’t have a Macro lens though. Thought you were into the technical stuff? 🙂

      • Sue

        Well, I wasn’t sure how much use I would make of one…and they aren’t cheap. However, a friend has persuaded me to buy a couple of extension tubes for £25….doesn’t matter if they don’t get a lot of use! They should arrive in a few days

      • In good time for Jude’s challenge! She’s going to have a lot of catching up to do, bless her. 🙂

      • Sue

        Oh, well as you know, I have posted the fluffy stuff and the blossom as close-ups….but I guess I shall have to come up with some proper macros for next week….where to go? 😳

      • Sue

        Oh, and yes, Jude will have a lot of catching up, bless her…

  10. Sonel

    I just love that fluffy, wispy stuff Sue and the apple blossom is just perfect. Gorgeous colours and perfect captures! 😀 ♥

  11. Nice Sue! All our buds are covered in fresh snow here in the Northeast…

  12. Hard to tell but could the lovely wispy plant rose bay willow herb?

  13. Beautiful macros Sue. Love them both.

  14. sensational Sue! the fluffy one sure looks like you used a macro lens it is so detailed!! and I adore the pretty apple blossom, gorgeous 🙂 question… do you use tripod when you take your shots or hand hold? I don’t use tripod, yet….

  15. Well I love your wispy fluffy stuff even if you can’t remember the name! And apple blossom is always a winner in my eyes. I’m hoping to get out with the macro lens this week though not much is happening in my garden other than budding shoots and leaves, and some forget-me-nots as well as my camellia so I might have a go at capturing that for next Sunday.

  16. Lovely image of Apple blossom, in my book the prettiest of the fruit blossoms

  17. Both very beautiful Sue, but the wispy, fluffy stuff wins my vote too 🙂

  18. Wispy and fluffy is good enough for me – I don’t need scientific names. Both caught my attention, the quirky one a bit more 😀

  19. That top image …. breathtakingly beautiful.

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