Botanical macro photography

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This succulent stands out for it’s different colors that blend into each other, from bright green to dark red.

Title: Cherokee Rose
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

One of my favorite things about visiting gardens is the many different types of plants, including this one that could be mistaken for a treat!

Title: Abstract Cherokee Rose
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Before plants can bloom, often times they look droopy however this one has a unique color pattern ranging from dark grey to bright red.

Title: coprosma pink splendor flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This little honey bee flew onto the plant just when I was taking this picture, making for a beautiful shot of nature and animal.

Title: Bee in a flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Garden by the sea

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This succulent stands out for it’s different colors that blend into each other, from bright green to dark red.

Title: Red green Aeonium valverdense
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

One of my favorite things about visiting gardens is the many different types of plants, including this one that could be mistaken for a treat!

Title: Burgundy silver stone succulent
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Before plants can bloom, often times they look droopy however this one has a unique color pattern ranging from dark grey to bright red.

Title: pig’s ear flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Peeking out ever so slightly from the leaves, these stems are ready to bloom into a full flower.

Title: Crown of thorns
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Sea life up close

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What looks like an aliens skin is actually an upclose photo of sea weed.

Title: Up close look at seaweed
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

One of my favorite parts of the beach is the various types of plant life, often times looking out of this world, including this one.

Title: Orange seaweed
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

During low time, you will find the piers filled with different types of sea life and shells.

Title: sea barnacles up close
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This is my favorite shot of the wooden pier, it almost look like mini claws trying to escape, however it’s just sea life resting.

Title: Abstract sea life
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Beach walk to the lighthouse

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The old light house hiding behind the hill of sand shows the test of time, and how structures can make an impact on environment.

Title: Top of the lighthouse
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The other side of the beach offers an amazing view of the Boney Mountains, and the dramatic turn to flat land.

Title: Boney Mountains from the sea
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love taking macro pictures of sea weed bulbs, they tend to look quite alien.

Title: Seaweed bulb
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Recently I have found bees crawling on the sand near the ocean, and managed to capture this one while perfectly still. Quite a rare feat to do!

Title: Beach bee
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

California Flora Nursery

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It’s amazing what you can find when you simply keep an eye out, like these flowers for example. One would think they belong on a different planet, but they are very much on Earth.

Title: Arbutus marina flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love the color purple and this flower stood out among the rest, and as you can see, it is VERY vibrant against the background.

Title: Purple pink Fuchsia flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Right before a flower blooms, it seems suspended in motion but they often stay this way for days!

Title: Gazania flower about to bloom
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Yellow and purple are beautiful colors that go together, and they often appear in nature just like this plant.

Title: Orange and purple Pansy
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Botanical

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I managed to catch the early morning dew on this yellow leaf and was quite excited to see just how many water droplets can fit on one space.

Title: Yellow leaf
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

It may look like this flower is washed out but that is a combination of yellow and white tones on the leaves.

Title: Black-eyed Susan vine
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Roses are often seen as bright red, fluttering pedals and perfect thorns but some Roses have different types of beauty with pinks, light reds and even brown.

Title: Beautiful decay
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This lonely flower was budding at just the right time to capture it entering the world compared to it’s counterparts which are still not quite there yet.

Title: Echeveria succulent flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

I love succulents

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Flowers are blooming early in this area, making things look very green and vibrant.

Title: Roadside Greenhouse Succulent
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This bubbly looking plant is one of my favorites to photograph.

Title: jelly beans succulent
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love the texture of this plant because of it’s subtle tones of red and orange on the otherwise pristine green leaves.

Title: Perfect little Aeonium succulent
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A strange cactus to some, a beautiful one to others, I had a lot of fun taking pictures of this because of how many different components there are to this flower.

Title: Haworthia minima succulent
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Dutch village

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These pictures were taken in Solvang, California, a beautiful enclave in the Santa Ynez mountains designed to look like a classic dutch village.

Title: Stees of Solvang
Location: Solvang, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

One of the great things about living in California is the mediterranean architecture mixed in with old world brick construction.

Title: Dutch architecture
Location: Solvang, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The Royal Copenhagen Inn is a great example of an old dutch building, paying homage to the home land of many past residents.

Title: Royal copenhagen
Location: Solvang, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Can you believe this is California? In the blink of an eye, it felt like Europe!

Title: A little slice of Europe in California
Location: Solvang, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Still life

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As I was experimenting with my macro lens today, I got the idea of take pictures of fruits, spices, and my favorite book.

Title: Red apple
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

When you look at cinnamon up close, it’s quite rugged and looks almost torn like a rug, but under that curled brown leaf is a delicious treat that goes on a lot of foods.

Title: cinnamon stick
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Apples and books often go hand in hand, which is why I got the idea of this picture today.

Title: Apple a day
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A heart shaped page, perhaps the worlds most romantic bookmark.

Title: Book love
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Minimalist peacock feather

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I have a big collection of peacock feather’s from a friend who grew up on a peacock farm. Enjoy this group of macro peacock feather photos with a minimalist look.

Title: Peacock feather
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Eye of the peacock feather
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Macro peacock feather
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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