Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Macro Mania

On my next post I promise to deliver something different. We have been invited to a tailgate party this Saturday for the LSU vs Idaho game. I've been told there are great danes painted to look like Mike the Tiger, as well as people painted in all manner of purple and gold. I guess if we can put up with the crazy fools on Bourbon Street, we can put up with a few thousand LSU fanatics. I am taking my camera and hope the drunks don't throw up on it.

But for now, you're stuck with my images from yet another visit to Hilltop Arboretum.


Not a macro, but I chose it for the leaf changing color (hurry up fall!) and that baseball-looking bokeh in the distance.
Painted lady
Graceful curvature of the wings


Some type of pondhawk - a new one for me!



The Roseate Skimmer that I thought was so beautiful from a previous visit.
God apparently decided to make up for its less-than-attractive face by clothing it in a gorgeous shade of mauve. 
Starbush
Last of the American Beautyberries

35 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These pictures are gorgeous. But I'm really excited now for your next post!!

Dina said...

Beautiful details. Nice upclose shots. My sister went to grad school at LSU. I'd suggest wrapping your camera in saran wrap to be on the safe side. Worst case you get beer dumped on it.

TexWisGirl said...

*sigh* just suffering through another load of gail's photos... yeah, right! :)

Brian King said...

These are just awful! I can't believe I had to look through all these crappy photos! Sheesh. :-)

Gorgeous shots and the variety of colors is awesome! Love the close up detail! But apparently you have some "good stuff" stashed away for future use. LOL!

hootnonny said...

Am so glad you stuck us with these. The butterfly with a nose ring is interesting.

I bet there will be lots of stories to be told from the tailgate party. Can't wait to see them!

Lisa Gordon said...

Never simply stuck with your images, Gail.
It is always such a pleasure to visit you here, and your macros are amazing!

beth said...

you do macro brilliantly !!!
i love these photos !!
xo

Mamabug said...

There are gorgeous Gail! Love those dragonflies!

Deb Crecelius said...

Well, you can stick me with more photos of Hilltop Arboretum anytime.
Your photos of this place are fascinating.
All the creatures look like aliens!
Love it.

Deanna said...

Oh darn, stuck again with these awful..ly great photos. Beautiful captures of God's gorgeous work. Oh boy, bet that LSU game was something to see.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots, Gail!

Linda said...

Your macros are just stunning, and you never need to apologize for them. Or for hummingbirds. Or for anything else you decide to photograph. By the way, how's the real estate photography going?

Danielle said...

I love being 'stuck' with your beautiful photos ;)......I can't wait to find a beauty berry bush...although I see them all over our state they are hard to find in the nurseries. Have fun at the game and take lots of photos of the tailgaters! Can't wait to see them.

Evelyn S. said...

The pondhawk images are fabulous in detail, Gail! Of course, all of these macros are wonderful.

Kerry said...

Omigosh: AHHH-MAZING pictures. I'll go with you to the arboretum any old day.

I really hope they do have great danes painted like tigers; please photograph that. I don't care how bad this is making me sound.

missing moments said...

Stunning!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'll "put up" with your crazy people pictures on your next post, but I can bet right now that I'll like this one better -- (not a football fan, but I do like crazy people ;>)!)....anyway your pictures from the Arboretum are wonderful and I would sure love to visit it. The bees and butterflies are really enjoying themselves.

Have fun this weekend!

the wild magnolia said...

your gift of capture creates magic.

Kathy said...

Love your dragonfly pics. Your beautyberries here are called English mulberries! I like beautyberries much better!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great photos to be stuck with! Loved them all! Can't wait to see your new ones though! Just amazing Gail and I hope no one throws up on anything never mind your camera!

Linda R said...

These are amazing my friend. I will never get tired of looking at your wonderful nature shots..

Hugs~

Starla said...

You must have such patience to sit and capture these flighted creatures!

Phil said...

Some really super shots there Gail, especially the one showing the curvature and pattern of the Painted Lady's wings. The Starbush and Beautyberries are fine too the way you isolated the subject. Now we don't have tailgate parties,Mike the Tiger or LSU over here so I can't wait to see your next pictures.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The green dragonfly is amazing! Your second butterfly shot is a beauty too. Nice to have somewhere to visit with lovely flowers and incests.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Love the dragonflies with their aviator glasses. :)

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Mary said...

These are great micro shots...so very superb.

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow! Each shot is perfection and pure magic.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

So many winged beauties amongst these, impossible to state which I like best.

Ruth said...

Beautiful macros, and I hope the game was great too :)

Michelle said...

I love the starbush and the dragonflies. Have fun at the game...and like everyone else said, I'll never get tired of them either. Keep em coming!

Barbara said...

Gail, these are gorgeous! I look forward to your LSU photos, but I could look at these all day, too. Our Beautyberries actually appeared this year, but I think my photos got lost in the masses somewhere. Thanks for reminding me about them!

Hilary said...

Another luscious collection. Beauty all around.

Georgianna said...

Your dragonfly/skimmer photos are remarkable, Gail! You're great at catching the detail and light on the wings. Have a wonderful Sunday. :)

septembermom said...

What else can I say but WOW!! Please know that you impress me every time :)