Lost in the Details

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”  ~ Mother Teresa

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I love to connect with my world.  With a park-like setting  literally one step away from my living quarters, it is easy to take daily walks in nature — with nature.  This weekend, though, we enjoyed watching birds from the comfort of the breakfast room, while the temps hovered in the 40’s and the wind whipped the trees.  Scott is now a fantastic birder.  He quickly and accurately identified two more beauties for our life list, now frequent visitors to the back patio:  Yellow-throated and Orange-crowned Warblers.   In the course of one morning, he counted more than 20 species from the inside.

Sometimes we find things that don’t necessarily bring us joy, like the Eastern Bluebird by the creek.  Small, perfect and beautiful, if dead, it was difficult to determine his demise.  We rejoiced in his life anyway; it was no doubt as fantastic and his plumage was blue.

A 2.0x Zuiko converter lens lets me get just a bit closer to those things that bring me joy.  I’m still getting used to the weight of this extra length on the camera body, and it’s not the best of tools for the flitty little guys on the back porch.  I’m not ready to give up the 7-yr-old Olympus 18-180mm lens just yet.  The E-volt and I are bosom buddies, you might say.

From bees’ wings to bird wings, tree wings to eyelash wings, beauty lies is in the details.

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Honey Bees Feasting on Honey (2.0x converter)
Honey Bees Feasting on Honey (2.0x converter)
Sunshiny Mushrooms Peek out
Sunshiny Mushrooms Peek Out
Rays of Sunshine and the Promise of Rain
Rays of Sunshine and the Promise of Rain
Long Needle Pines Stretching Their Arms
Long Needle Pines Stretching Their Arms
Rose Petals (2.0x converter)
Rose Petals (2.0x converter)
Eastern Bluebird Wing (2.0x converter)
Eastern Bluebird Wing (2.0x converter)
I could just stare for hours...
I could just stare for hours…

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What is your favorite small thing?

10 thoughts on “Lost in the Details

  1. Such a precious post. Thanks for sharing this Shannon. One tiny thing I adore is ice crystals (thankfully since we have A LOT of them around these parts!). The designs are so intricate and beautiful. So is lightly falling snow. Well for now. It can settle down and stop any time now! 🙂 Your selection in this list and your photos are wonderful. It’s all lovely! ~Gina

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    1. We don’t get much ice down here. The occasional overnight sheet on the windshield is common this time of year, but we have to go out west to see the real deal. If you go to this post of Colorado (http://wp.me/p28k6D-Wj) and click on the photo at the end, you’ll be directed to a web album that has one of my favorite ice phenomenons: crystals that formed on a dried seed head.

      I love the macro shots, as if you couldn’t tell that already. I would be shooting ice a lot, I’m sure, if we had some here in natural forms. Stay warm, Gina. Spring thaw will be here before you know it! For us, it’s just in a couple of months.

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    1. I have very similar memories with all of mine. Buddy ties!! So sweet.

      By the way, I did watch your fabulous video. I even made a couple of attempts at commenting, but will have to do that another time. You are tremendously blessed, Kristin.

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