wildflowers up close

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This purple leaf was found at the Seaside Garden in Carpinteria, CA. While hidden in a pile of other leaves, it’s beauty was not ignored.

Title: Dew drops on a purple flower petal
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This leaf was perfectly blanketed with fresh dew drops and looks absolutely amazing.

Title: Dew drops on a maidenhair tree leaf
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


The detail on this flower shows the intricate system of veins that plants have.

Title: Silene vulgaris flower
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


From long leaves to a fuzzy stub, this plant is quite vibrant and has many different tiers. Such a wonderful piece of nature.

Title: Forest green fern
Location: Summerland, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Beach walk up close

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The sands and water tend to wash away everything, but this feather was delicately floating on top of the bubbles as if it didn’t want to move.

Title: Floating feather
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


Bubbles are some of the most interesting things, especially upclose.

Title: Macro beach bubbles
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


This is the end of a sea weed stem, quite bulbous and alien shaped.

Title: Sea weed stem up close
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter


The ridges on a star fish are very unique and resemble a sort of white bump.

Title: Details of a seastar
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 10X diopter

Abstract rose flowers

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Macro photography is some of my favorite because I get to go upclose to beautiful flowers like this and see all the details.

Title: bright orange strike it rich rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


What looks like a fluffly pillow is the many leaves of this red rose.

Title: bright red fame rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This rose looks like it’s bleeding which gives it a unique beautiful that you won’t soon forget.

Title: pink and white scentimental rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


They say life is stranger than fiction and this holds true with flowers, especially this spotted rose.

Title: china doll rose
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

Morning walk

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Shooting macro is one of my favorite ways to capture photos, and this pink flower is one of my recent favorites.

Title: Hot pink flower in bloom
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


There is a lot of detail in macro photos, as you can see with this butterfly and it’s fuzzy wings.

Title: Morning moth
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Often times in nature you’ll find the most interesting color combinations like this purple and white flower, which really catches the eye in front of bright green grass.

Title: Macro flowers
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Catching the morning dew can be difficult at times, but today I managed to come across this three leaf clover with a few drops on it.

Title: Lucky clover
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

Look at the little things

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It’s time to take a look at nature upclose because there is more that meets the eye. In this case it’s a very thin film of silk that a spider has carefully plaid on this succulent.

Title: Simple succulent
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


With technology at our finger tips, it’s easy to forget that nature has many colors to offer. For example this flower is a mixture of blue and purple, which is very soothing to the eye.

Title: Love in vain
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Snails are attracted to all kinds of plants, especially ones that are bright like this one.

Title: Snail on a yellow blossom
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


It’s easy to miss but spider webs can be some of the most beautiful works of art that nature can offer. While it seems random, there is a purpose for the weaves and zig zags that spiders form.

Title: Shapes of a spider web
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

Early morning macro

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These pictures were taken in the morning when the dew was fresh, and all the animals were starting to come out. I managed to capture this snail crawling over the grass, quite possibly looking for some food.

Title: Good morning snail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


The morning dew makes even the most common grass look absolutely stunning and vibrant.

Title: Morning moss
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Looking at snails upclose offers an insight into their daily lives, which can be at a slow pace and often hanging around grass or plants, but still very interesting.

Title: Little snail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This daisy was a sight for sore eyes among all the bright greenery. The yellow contrasts the morning colors quite nicely.

Title: Bright yellow daisy
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

Velella

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Velella’s are very unique sea creatures (Hydrozoa to be exact) that I found washed up on the beach recently. This one caught my eye instantly due to the range of colors from clear to dark blue.

Title: Sea raft
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


As you can see, Velella’s are transparent at top with what looks like a fin, but is actually a wing that helps them sail across oceans. Sometimes they get stranded on the beach and have no way of getting back to the ocean.

Title: By-the-wind sailor
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


It’s easy to miss a Velella at first glance but once you notice the vibrant blue bottom, it’s hard to look away.

Title: Purple sail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


This is what happens when a Velella is left in the sun for too long, it turns transparent and almost crispy.

Title: Little transparent sail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

Butterflies up close

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Butterflies have the ability to glow because their wings are so thin, allowing the sun to shrine through and create extremely vibrant colors.

Title: Monarch butterfly nectaring
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Buckeye Butterfly is absolutely beautiful, especially when still. You can see the rustic colors of the wings with the tips lighting up in bright oranges and white shades.

Title: Buckeye with a broken wing
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


Some Butterflies have darker colors to blend in with their surroundings, but this white flower makes it hard to hide. Pollinating is an important key to this butterflies lifestyle and camouflage is the least of it’s concern.

Title: Black butterfly & White flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


These Butterflies are attracted by bright plants, and often times several of them will swarm one single flower. The Butterfly on the left has a very dark color scheme with mostly black wings and some very light blues scattered throughout. It’s almost a neon color.

Title: Atala & Zebra Longwing sharing a flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

Macro butterflies


These photos were taken at the Butterfly Preserve in Santa Barbara California. This butterfly is called the Zebra Longwing, and as you can see has quite the long wingspan compared to the flower it has landed on.

Title: Zebra Longwing butterfly on a pink flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


Butterflies are often seen in batches but they move so fast it’s somewhat difficult to capture them. Luckily I was able to capture the Buckeye on the left resting on a rock with another butterfly just in time.

Title: Buckeye and Great Southern White butterflies
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Zebra Longwing looks much different as it lands on a flower and hides it’s wing, but it still stands out among the greenery.

Title: A pair of Zebra longwing butterflies
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Giant Swallowtail butterfly is quite unique with it’s wing pattern and varying colors from light yellows to deep blues.

Title: Giant Swallowtail on a white flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

Summertime sea

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The waves crashing on the shore during high tide. You can see how slanted the beach has become.

Title: Summer seascape
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8


Seagulls like to hang out on bench dividers near the beach. Perhaps they are people watching.

Title: Seagull
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8


This seashell catches the eye because of the deep ridges it has. Sometimes these shells are stuck in the sand and barely visible.

Title: Sand & seashells
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8


It’s rare to find starfish this large, so this particular one was a treat.

Title: Golden starfish
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/2.8

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