Monday, May 28th, 2018
This week’s theme for the Flickr Macro Monday group is “All Natural.” From this week’s instructions (from Steve Crawford):
A couple weeks ago the theme was “plastic”. This week we will go a different direction. One definition of “natural” and the one we will use is “caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.” For Monday, May 28th, your photograph should not include in any way, subject, background or otherwise, anything man made (and that includes any part of a human being).
By way of illustration:
A stone in the woods or creek? OK. A polished stone countertop or paperweight? Not OK.
A flower in the woods or park? OK. A flower in a vase or with a fence, wall, cultivated ground or other human altered background? Not OK.
A macro of a tree/twig/branch (again, with nothing man-made visible)? OK. A wooden tabletop, toothpick or broom-handle? Not OK.
A plant in the forest? OK. A plant growing from a crack in the sidewalk? Not OK.
A worm, bug, animal, etc. in the wild? OK. The same in a cage or jar? Not OK.
We aren’t going to be excessively pedantic and attempt, for example, to assess whether or not a plant grew voluntarily or was planted. Just ensure that there is no visible evidence of human involvement anywhere in the photo. Note, I believe the description and examples above sufficiently describe the definition of “natural” we intend but to be clear, we are not looking for photos using any of the myriad other definitions of natural such as lacking a sharp or flat in music, natural selection, natural talent, natural food, natural disaster, the printed word “natural” or natural light (use whatever light you want – just be sure that everything visible in the photograph is natural). Tag your photo #MacroMondays and #AllNatural and have fun.
Insect and floral macro are my absolute favorite macro subjects. I connect to the natural world so intuitively, almost communing with the little creatures that I photograph. This is a Brown-eyed Susan, a plant native to Texas. Perched atop its cone is a tiny green crab spider. The natural world is so beautiful. I find my peace when I stop and notice.
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/250 | ISO 1600
Cone Flower from the Top
This was the first photo I took this morning when I was out in our empty lot shooting the wildflowers for the All Natural Macro Monday weekly theme. I love this perspective on the Brown-Eyed Susan. I wish I had been perfectly centered over the top but there was a slight breeze that caused the stalk to sway slightly.
Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/8 | 1/250 | ISO 1250
Thanks for looking!