Green Healing ~ Discovering Macro


Whoa!  I discovered macro mode!

Big Bright Yellow Sunflower and clear Carolina sky


Bright Yellow Sunflower Image with Macro Lens

Ingredients for GREEN HEALING:

A beautiful day. A classic Carolina sky.

A lovely bright Sunflower. A little silver Canon.

My little silver camera surprises me.  I see people walking around with very fine cameras.  They are impressively large and I’m sure those carrying bags include an assortment of lens.  One day I might like to have a bigger and more powerful camera, but that’s a secret.  I don’t want my sweet compact little Canon to hear me say that.

I love the ‘macro’ view of various insects, along with the delicate intricacies of tiny flowers.  Photographing the life around the pond garden is always fun but again, a closer look is better.  ‘Little Frog’ has grown.  He (or she) mostly sits in the sun when I visit. 

The newest garden critter, a baby turtle with a serious face and grand personality, usually found within a few feet of the frog doesn’t seem to like me, or my camera.  I’m not sure which one bothers it more.  The frog had to go clear to the other side of the pond to get away from the determined turtle while I took pictures.  I must admit that although I love taking photos of wildlife, I don’t want to disturb the beloved critters I meet.  I’ve noticed how some don’t like being photographed, particularly lizards and turtles.

Turtle and Frog, together

Baby Turtle chases Frog

My favorite part of the day was photographing Butterflies in the Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower) garden.  I was in awe!  Truly, I was.  

Painted Lady Butterfly and Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower)

Painted Lady and Mexican Sunflower

Above, Our beautiful Painted Lady Butterfly sips sweet nectar from Tithonia.  (Below) Swallowtail enjoys the same.  Tithonia are my favorite flowers because of their prolific blooms, hardiness and obvious nectar production.  Of course, the deep (and bright) orange color is pretty cool too.

Swallowtail Butterfly on Mexican Sunflower, Macro by Michelle for DogKisses's Blog

Below: Our pretty Carolina Sky and a Swallowtail Butterfly

Swallowtail Butterfly in the blue Carolina Sky

I’m very glad I took the time to play with my camera in the garden.  The images of butterflies are vivid and clear in my mind.  I can close my eyes and see swirling colors and merging outlines of transparent wings.  I’ve had a few dreams of winged colors, which were nice to wake up with in my mind.  I guess you could say I’m having macro ‘Green Healing’ dreams!  Mother Nature is amazing.

In Gratitude to Mother Earth, Father Sky, the Butterflies, and one very special person who decided to plant the Tithonia Garden!

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14 responses to this post.

  1. It’s not just the camera that takes wonderful photographs, it’s the person behind the camera who sees the possibilities of the picture!



    • Phy, Your comment makes me feel good. It’s been difficult for me to take any credit for the beauty in the photos I take, but maybe I deserve a little 😉 Many of the better pictures are accidental, but I’ve learned a few things about the camera and sunlight. That makes me feel a bit more like I had some influence in the image. I do see potential!

      A writing professor once said to me, “Desire is 95% and the rest is skill.” Perhaps the same is true in photography?

      Sending you Virtual Green HUGS,
      Love Michelle.



  2. Posted by Manfred McDonald on September 1, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Thank you for the outstanding posts!



  3. Posted by LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words on August 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    I love these!
    I can never get the wings of the Monarchs completely open…
    I have had so many beautiful butterflies this years and hummingbirds
    today for the first time in years I had a bumblebee on my durantas
    I enjoyed this, the frog was cur=te in his stubborn stance and the turtle was a cutie too
    Thank you…I needed this tonight!
    Take Care…



    • MaryRose, Hello. I saw your comment in just the right time after photographing a Monarch several times. I actually thought it was the Viceroy, but then it flew eloquently and gracefully… So, I have a few photos with the wings open that I hope to share soon. The butterflies and hummingbirds sure do bring beauty into our lives don’t they. I love that, and am glad you have seen many.

      The frog and turtle are beloved residents at the Botanical Gardens. I enjoy my visits to their home in the raised-bed pond-garden. The frog sits and stares at me, but that little baby Turtle moves fast when people come around.

      So glad you enjoyed the photos. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

      With ‘Green Healing’ Winged wishes,



  4. Beautiful macro photos!

    By the way, I checked my spam to see if there were any messages from you there after I got your “pending message” about trying to send me messages that went to spam and wanting to tell me you enjoyed my “wonder” challenge photos. I could not find any spam messages from you. I’m not sure where they went! Perhaps wordpress was having a glitch day!?! I have noticed there are times my comments or likes seem not to appear too.



    • sigh… ljr3, I lost my reply, but that was my fault. And it was perfect, you know.

      Well, Thank you. I’m glad you liked the photos. I really love taking them, and showing them off too 🙂

      Thanks too for taking time to look at the comment issue. Hope that gets fixed soon, b/c am sorry I lost my original comments. I’ve been telling people they went to spam. Now I know maybe they don’t.

      Peace and Good Day to You,



  5. Stunningly beautiful photographs!



  6. These pictures are a great reminder of how amazing planet earth truly is:)



    • Thank you. That’s a very nice compliment, and I feel the same way.



      • You take just beautiful photos Michelle! The brown and peach beauty is my new inspiration for my bedroom colors that I have been trying to find!



        • Thanks Mo! I’ll have to look and see which photo is the ‘brown and peach’ beauty! Now I’m curious, but it does sound like good colors for a bedroom. I can’t wait to move. I’m definitely going to paint inside. I love colors, but mostly soft ones inside. Like Peach 🙂

          Hope you are doing okay, and enjoy a little re-decorating!

          Big Hugs Mo!



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