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High in the mountains,
I wish I could
absorb the cold clear air,
soak up some snowmelt,
capture the rush of the wind
and the sudden quiet in the pause.
I wish I could
take all of this in
and carry it home
to the desert.

I’d invite over friends
and breathe out a cool wet breath
drop ice in their drinks
and let them put their heads
to my heart to hear
the thunder of waterfalls.
And each in turn would look into my eyes
at the light from the top of the world.
Cool, they would say,
Que cool. mjh

06-10-03 in Colorado, of course


A macro is an extreme close-up. Macros can reveal details we might otherwise miss. Most macro shots involve putting the lens as close to the subject as one can get, which can create problems with depth of field and the shadow of the lens.

ladybug larve with aphids

This picture makes me think of Star Wars, as if this were a giant tank surrounded by smaller machines. But that’s the larva of a ladybug surrounded by aphids (plus drops of aphid milk).



I love this photo for the shape and color and for the tiny ‘berries’ I didn’t see at the time. This monkshood was one of many wild in a field in south-central Colorado. It is so poisonous that gardeners have to wear gloves if they work with it.





cloisonne bug (junebug)
Merri calls this junebug a cloisonné bug, an apt name, I think. Three or four of these graced a chamisa I’ve passed almost daily for 10+ years. I only saw them that one day.



I used a macro setting for all of these photos. However, you can use a zoom lens for an extreme close-up of a nearby subject.

Macro of water droplets on pansy.
You’ll notice the depth of field problem with the out-of-focus edge of this pansy. I like the nearly spherical droplets. Note the lens is reflected in the largest one, as is an adjacent lattice.