Lens-Artists Challenge #200 – Every Little Thing

bee, purple, flowers

“Where there are bees there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope.”

Christy Lefteri

This week Amy asks us to focus on the little things – important in life as well as in photography. I’ll admit I don’t do much work with macro, and I don’t own a macro lens. Now and then, however, I enjoy doing a bit of close-up work using my zoom lens – and of course there is always the crop tool. Both my opening image and the one that follows were captured earlier this week as spring dazzles us with her most beautiful colors on Kiawah.

foxgloves, purple, spots, flowers, spring
Frilly Foxgloves

“Be like a flower; turn your face to the sun.”

Robin Craig Clark

I have no doubt we will see some marvelous flowers and insects in response to this week’s challenge. My image below may be a bit unique as it captures the tiny snails that cluster on our marsh grasses during low tide. One has to look hard to see them, and also needs to know where to look!

marsh, grasses, snails
Snails A-plenty

“Snail is frail but does not fail to assail every nail on its trail.”

Vincent Okay Nwachukw

Another image from last week’s zoom outing was the capture below. I loved the colorful patterns on the big leaves. I’ve actually desaturated this one a bit as it was hard to believe the depth of its reds and greens.

Caladium, Elephant Ears, red, veins
Colorful Caladium aka Elephant Ears

“Between my heart and your heart, there is a vein. Maybe a bridge.”

Emmanuelle Soni-Dessaigne

And now, as they say, a few captures from the archives:

First, some sprightly little dragon/damselfliesalways a challenge to capture 😊

dragonflies and damselflies
Dragon – or are they Damsel – flies

Next, a newly-hatched egret awaiting the arrival of some siblings

egret hatchling, nest, eggs
Waiting for Nest-mates

And last but never least, a beautiful butterfly who found a flower with complimentary colors.

butterfly, flower, orange
Orange Times Two

“Little things teach us big things”

Mehmet Murat ildan

Thanks to Amy for her fun challenge – how nice to be able to use some of my captures of spring’s loveliest subjects. Be sure to link your responses to her original post here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. Thanks also to John and to those who responded to his creative Mechanical/Industrial challenge last week.

Ann-Christine will take the lead next week. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.

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97 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #200 – Every Little Thing

  1. Just love all of these ‘little things”….the snails r quite incredible not sure I have seen!!!

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  3. Loved your photos from the word go, Tina. The vibrant colours and the details you force the eye to focus on is amazing. For instance, the snails! That was unexpected.

    Kiwah is beautiful and its mashland is imprinted forever as the setting for ‘Where the crawdads sing’ in my mind. By the way, I finished the book just in time for the movie release. 😊 Thanks for the recommendation.

    • Well now you’ve taught ME something Sheetal – I didn’t know they’d made a movie! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Always happy to see your name appear 😊

  4. Ah, life’s little wonders, Tina! You have captured some lovely moments here. Love the little chick and – I love all your photos, but the dragon/damselflies are my favourites! Too fast for me… My favourites though, are the snails. Terrific capture. You have to have that special eye for it – but you always have!

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  6. Your approach to macro work is the same as my own – zoom and/or crop! You’ve certainly achieved some great results that way. I especially like the dragonfly shots and I was fascinated by the tiny snails 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah – I don’t think I have the patience for true macro photography LOL. The snail are amazing. You’d think their weight would bend the grasses but they happily co-exist.

    • Thanks I.J., the chick seems to be the star of the show this week 😊. He must have just hatched and as you can see his sibling has already started to crack through one of the other eggs.

    • Thanks Lindy – those snails are so tiny most people have no idea they’re there or if they do they don’t know what they are. We local photographers know when and where to see and shoot them 😊

    • Thanks Jude – he’s quite the popular subject this week! He was in an incredible private property which is owned by the sister of a good friend, also a photographer. It has a large lagoon surrounded by nests and it’s so remote and safe that the birds were not at all bothered by us. There were hundreds of easily accessible nests of egrets, herons and other birds. Quite an experience.

    • Thanks Marlene – yes that was a very special day. He was in one of hundreds of nests, one more accessible than the next, and not the least bit bothered by my presence. An amazing place.

  7. As usual I love them all, but the snails, baby egret, and dragon/damselflies are my favorites. Foxgloves are as beautiful as they are deadly. Saw lots of them in France.

    Happy Sunday,


  8. Beautiful images Tina, I especially love your capture of the bee and the dragonflies 💖

  9. Oh, I love the snail quote, Tina! Not sure I like snails but that is a great shot! I would cry if they all ended up in my garden, LOL! Love those dragonflies and wowzer on that baby egret! Egrets are such cool birds and can be found anywhere it seems. We’ll see some out on the rivers and lakes here soon. Have a great couple of weeks and a lovely Memorial Day weekend!

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  11. Like you, I don’t have a macro lens, Tina. I’m sure by the time the week is out, I’ll be wishing I did. Maybe a well placed Father’s Day hint to my wife? >grin<
    On the other hand, with what you've shown me here, it is certainly possible to do quite nicely without a macro. The butterfly and the foxcloves are stunning examples!

    • Many thanks John. When I was a Nikon shooter I had several marvelous lenses but when I switched to mirrorless I decided not to go the same route and now have just my walkabout lens and one zoom. Combining that with my new iPhone leaves me with enough toys to cover 95% of what I want so I’m leaving macro shooting to the more seriously-committed among us LOL.

  12. Joy in all the little things indeed, Tina. I love all your photos, the dragon/damselflies being my favourites, that must have been quite a challenge to capture!

  13. I read your comment to Anne, which explains how you could get so close to the little creature. I would never have guessed. How vulnerable it looks! Wonderful captures, Tina. Have a great week!

  14. So many wonders Tina especially the Egret chick and of course that fuzzy bee. I have a plant we call “the pink thing” as we don’t know what it is. When I saw your photo of Frilly Foxcloves I though they were it!!!! but I fear you have a typo Tina. I shall see if I have a photo to post but as it has been raining for what seems an eternity, I can’t go and get a photo today.

  15. Wow… remarkable images of these little things, Tina. I love the details of the bee. Dragonfly is always challenging to capture, your images are fabulous. The newly-hatched egret is amazinng!

  16. Tina, this is a great post and it made me smile!! Especially like the bluebird in your header shot plus the dragon/damselflies, and then there’s the butterfly and egret chick. Love it! 😃

  17. Tina, it’s amazing what a talented photographer can do without a macro lens. Wonderful close ups! Of course my favorite is the egret chick–so cute. I also like the snails on the reeds. How tiny they are.

    • Thanks so much Anne – the little egret was within a foot or less of my lens. A friend has a farm that’s become a nesting ground for egrets and herons. When I visited there were literally hundreds of nests you could walk right up to in the low branches beside a large lagoon. It was a photographer’s dream, especially considering the birds are in such a safe place they are not bothered at all by people. It’s a very private place and I felt truly honored to be invited there.

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