Thursday, March 3, 2011

Micro forest

Can you look at a photo you've made and know where you were, what you were doing, and perhaps even what you were thinking when you made it ? I can't claim that I can do it for all photos I've made and I certainly couldn't answer all 3 questions, but surprisingly I can for quite a number of them. Is that another definition of a photographic memory ?

I was on a hike in the fall with other family members up what is locally known as Blue Mountain (which is actually a tree-covered hill several hundred feet high - but when all the land around you is fairly flat you'd call a prominent bump on the landscape a mountain too). We were on our way down when I saw this patch of mossy greenery. I got right down on the ground and stuck my macro lens into the moss - these plants are actually only 3-5 cm/1-2 in tall, but they reminded me of a little forest. I suppose if you were an ant, this might be the forest you'd have to find your way through.

(60mm  f2.8  1/250 sec  ISO100)




25 comments:

Marty said...

moi aussi j'ai une pensée particulière pour
chacune de mes photos !! celle-ci est particulièrement belle Rick ! ce vert lumineux est éblouissant et magnifique ! tu sais que j'aime les photos au ras du sol , ce monde d'en bas que la plupart des gens piétinent !!!
c'est très beau ! belle journée à toi Rick et
plein de bisous de fourmi !!!

ju-north said...

Fantastic - you could be really tricked into thinking it is a forest!

imac said...

Thats what you call - getting down to it Rick,lol.
Brill work.

Katherine said...

Wow it's magnificent! Great trick of the camera Rick!

Tammy said...

A bug's world. It really does look like little pine trees.

I know what you mean about the photographic memory. Sometimes I can even remember the sounds and smells of a place.

CarreraCaballo said...

An ant's perspective, I wonder what do they think about trees :-D

Greetz,


Joseph

Dawn said...

Wow. Were you just down there taking a nap while others hiked on?:)
I always say looking up brings an amazing amount of beauty, but that world under our feet often gets missed. Nice forest. Can hardly see it through the trees:)

I can remember a lot from a photo, even what I was feeling at the time. And at times I wish I could throw a photo out because of that feeling....but I like it too much to do so. That's when I just shut my mind off an simply enjoy the shot:)

becky said...

That's so funny- when I was little, I would explore the "smaller worlds" like this... imagining if I were tiny, how the smaller plants & weeds would tower over me. Good to pay attention to the small things.
Yeah, photos do that, also songs & scents... they all have the power to bring you back to a certain moment in time.

Leslie said...

it is like a fairy's forest...

Scott said...

That really does look like a forest. I just wish we had a shot of you laying in the grass taking this shot.

Tricia said...

That reminds me of the scene in 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids' where they were tiny beings running through the backyard trying to avoid the lawn mower & all the critters... LoL! =)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is an amazing perspective.I love the detail that the macro lens brings out.
Blessings,Ruth

Elizabeth Grimes said...

It does look like that! What a neat perspective. I love that green color, it feels almost tropical. Thanks for sharing.

magda said...

Unbelievable!!! Amazing!!!
Looks like 3D, Congratulations!!!!
Greetings

Soraia B. said...

Thank you :D

Awesome photo!! :D

S. Etole said...

I like the "imagination" of this.

Melissa Jo said...

I love photos/environments like these!

darlin said...

What an awesome perspective Rick, I love this shot.

What I love about my P365, a few times over now, is that I remember through my shots, it's like a photo journal. I'm like Dawn, I even remember the feelings attached to most of them when I took the shot, most of the times it's a positive feeling and there are ones which I've taken which saddened me but that's all a part of life.

Cheers, have a fantastic Friday my blogger friend! :-)

Rick said...

Merci, Marty ! I agree - sometimes there is a lot of beauty underfoot that we don't see or appreciate, and a new perspective is needed. Have a wonderful fin de semaine and I send you some bisous to make your world green !

Thank you Julia - from an ant's perspective, it IS !

LOL Stewart - that's exactly what I had to do !

Thanks, Katherine - I guess it's all about having a different perspective ! ;-)

Rick said...

Thanks Tammy - you're right, I can recall that for some of them too.

Well, they likely can't see the forest, Joseph ! ;-)

I think I've learned to improve my vision a little, Dawn. The rest of the hikers just ignored me (they're family so they're used to me when I have a camera).

Amazing isn't it Becky, and true about songs too (sometimes they bring out memories we'd rather repress).

Rick said...

Yes, it does look like that Leslie.

Ha ha, Scott - the trail was actually a bit damp; I recall making 2 or 3 shots there (glad no one else had a camera ;-)

LOL Tricia - yes, good one !

Thanks, Ruth. Another of my favourite lenses.

Rick said...

Thanks Elizabeth. I recall thinking exactly that when I made some shots of it.

Thank you, Magda ! I always appreciate your visits and comments.

Thanks, Soraia (your collage is beautiful).

Thank you, Susan - work and school can sometimes suppress our imaginations; getting out in creation helps to restore it.

Rick said...

Thank you, Melissa - me too !

Thanks Darlene. I've learned to try to 'look' at things differently (not that I always remember to do that !). I too get that sensation of looking through a bit of a daily journal by going back and looking at shots. Have an awesome Friday, Darlene !

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I really like this perspective, Rick. It keeps drawing me back. Perfect.

Rick said...

Thank you, Laura !