Instead of looking at the BIG picture, I decided to explore the world close up. Last weekend while I was out photographing the fields of sunflowers I found that I was drawn to the world of things that fly.
Each year the fields around Yolo County bloom with sunflowers. While surrounded by sunflowers I ended up watching the activity around the flowers. Plenty of bees capturing pollen, and there were the occasional butterfly.
Mezger’s Zinnia Patch is a delightful place to visit. This flower garden is privately owned and the public are encouraged to come enjoy the flowers, and pick some fresh zinnias for themselves. The idea is that you should also pick a bouquet for someone who cannot get out to enjoy the flowers in their natural setting. Zinnias available in different varieties and multiple colors. As you enter the field, there are pruning shears, vases and water (for flowers only!). The beauty of nature uplifts the spirit in many retirement homes in Woodland. Sharing has been the reason for Mark Mezger’s continued planting of his zinnia fields.
I have stopped by over the years, and I enjoy watching children selecting, and picking flowers.
Not only people stop by for a visit. There are plenty of bees, butterflies and dragonflies.
No dragonflies for me this time.
One last stop on this getting hotter Saturday. The UC Davis Arboretum. As we drove in I was reminded of the many, many trip here with my pooch, Libby.
I spotted a dragonfly who stopped long enough for me to capture an image.
A swallowtail butterfly zoomed around but would not stop.
Time to go. Hope you enjoyed this close-up look at nature. My next stop during the week will be to purchase the Fuji x 80mm macro lens. And hope to get even closer.
There is something to taking time to stop and smell the roses!” So as I take time, I will share some of my recent photographs of nature.
In the spring my photo group takes a trip north of Nevada City to Crystal Hermitage Garden. I am lucky to have this beautiful space so close to home. I make this an annual visit in the Spring and have blogged about this peaceful place before.
Pareidolia is the science behind seeing faces in everyday objects. I am particularly drawn to this type of photography. What does this say about me?
For such a small Island I can say that five days left us little time with nothing to photograph. Each day we found a new area to see, and new things to photograph.
Up on the North shore Kilauea and Hanalei were an eye catching treat to explore. Weather was cooler, and changeable. Due to some storms last year roads past Hanalei were washed out. On my last visit I had a private docent led tour by my daughter-in-law of the Limahuli Garden Perhaps, next time.
My friend with her long lens finally got to capture images of the birds of Kauai. I tried, but quickly found other things of interest. Without long lenses, and strong arms to hold said lens, I look for things that are possible with the tools I can carry.
Meet the yellow garden spider. Aside from the wind, this spider stays still for a photo opportunity.
The Nene is the official bird of Hawaii. I even caught a photo of it young.
The views from this spot are spectacular. I so enjoyed visiting the north shore.
Rain started up, and we continued on to Hanalei, our selected lunch spot. But oh so fabulous a landscape.
Capturing some of the flowers here on Kauai. For some of these we stopped at a nursery where we could get close to our subject.
When I’m in Hawaii I like to take in a luau. The garden setting is lovely. A tram ride tour started us off.
Kalua pig roasted in an imu oven starts the ceremonial tradition. Followed by song and dance show. Not to easy to capture. I used my Fuji with a 35mm f1.4 lens and we had good seats!
I’m leaving the last bit of this photo tour for another day! Hope you enjoy the images as an arm chair traveler!
Leaving the Elephant Seal Rookery we drive up the coast until we reach the Big Sur closure. After massive storms in March 2017 Hwy 1 was cut off between Cambria and Big Sur. Big construction trucks pass us going south on Highway 1. Cal Trans has been busy working to reconnect north and south. I spoke to this employee and work is ahead of schedule. Opening may be in July.
She is here to open the gates for the construction trucks
Heading back to Cambria we stop and admire the foggy coastline.
Thick fog yet it was not cold or windy.
Graffiti boulder. I loved the colors and thought it worth a photo.
We happen upon another gem. And again, no parking fees. Yeah.
Took one look and decided that I would heed the warning.
Narrow uneven steps
Braver and younger take the trail to the beach.
This public art points at Big Sur.
A pretty garden path leads to a nice restaurant.
Pride of Madeira
Bougainvillea in my favorite color
Right outside the restaurant this bird was enjoying a dip.
Such a nice day exploring the Central California coastline. Quiet, no hassle, get away from the noise kind of day I needed.