I Heart Macro – Pods

Welcome to Macro Sunday.  I actually took these pictures a few weeks ago, but never got around to posting them.

Five leaf Akebia pod
Five Leaf Akebia pod

We have a Five Leaf Akebia vine twining along the railing of our backyard deck.  My husband is the garden expert at our house, so I’d never paid much attention to this vine before.

Five Leaf Akebia pod
Five Leaf Akebia pod

A couple of weeks ago, he called me outside to show me these giant-sized seed pods!

opened pod of a Five Leaf Akebia
Opened pod of a Five Leaf Akebia vine.

I was astonished at the size of the pods.  Some were over 4 inches long!  Heavy with seeds, the pods caused the vine to droop down.

Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.
Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.

Surely this vine had never produced such extraordinary fruits before!  However, my husband said that, yes, these pods grow every year at this time.

Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.
This one makes me laugh! It looks like it is talking!

Well that humbled me!  We’ve lived here 7 years now and I’ve been totally oblivious to these long, fat seed pods!

Mass of black seeds, contained within two thick, fleshy pods.
Five Leaf Akebia seed pod.

This experience taught me the importance of really seeing things, of looking deeply and paying attention.  What’s the point of having a beautiful garden, if I’m not truly present in the moment. If I am too preoccupied with the cares of today or with concerns about the future, then I’m unable to accept the gifts our garden is offering me in the present moment.  Gifts of beauty, abundance, calm, color and the cycle of life.  I must make sure I am really living with my eyes open!

Mass of black seeds, contained within two thick, fleshy pods.

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Hey!  who let the gremlins in here????  I never said they could doodle on my picture!

doodling on a picture of a seed pod/
“Hello there friendly reader!”

Oh well, I guess I couldn’t remain so seriously philosophical for too much longer…..

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Abandoned Warehouse

We recently visited a small town, north of us, called LaConner.  The town has a reputation for many delightful art galleries and boutiques.  The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed meandering from shop to shop and then stopping at a small pub, overlooking the water, for a lunch of fish and chips.  After lunch we strolled to the end of town and found an old, abandoned warehouse that was truly a photographer’s delight.  Technically these are not macro shots.  They are close-ups.  But whatever–I hope you enjoy them.  The last picture steps back from the warehouse to give you an impression of the size and overall appearance. 

peeling paint O'conner, WA
Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

 

boards falling of an old warehouse
Abandoned warehouse in LaConner, WA

 

moss growing on the boards of an abandoned warehouse
Abandoned warehouse in LaConner, WA

 

chain link fence by old boards with peeling paint
Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

 

broken window, boarded over in an abandoned warehouse
Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

 

side view of an abandon warehouse.
Abandoned warehouse, LaConner, WA

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Radish Love

 I ♥ Macro Sunday!

Today’s Macro Sunday picture occurred quite spontaneously.  A bit of serendipity!  I cut the root-end off of a radish, and this is how it looked!

heart shape on a radish
Radish Love

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Peonies

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Not satisfied being just a pretty garden flower, peonies are exuberantly  large, with ruffled depth and petticoat-like ruffles.  I love to snip the stems short and float the blossoms in shallow bowls or stemware dessert glasses.

peony just before blooming
Peony bud
peony bud, just before blooming.
peony bud bursting open
peony bud about to open up
peony bud, stating to open
peony starting to bloom
peony bud reaching skyward.

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Orchids and Earrings

 I ♥ Macro Sunday!

I have a small collection of orchids, on my kitchen window sill, that I either nurture to bloom or kill.  I seem to do a bit of both.  Knowing that I love orchids, my family often gives me new orchids on my birthday or Mother’s Day.   This past Mother’s Day, my daughter, Naomi, (a metalsmith) outdid herself in the orchid department.

She gave me this gorgeous orchid, that is still blooming gloriously. I thought it would make a great subject for this Sunday’s macro photo.

violet and white moth orchid
Mother’s Day orchid from Naomi

“But wait, that’s not all!”, as they say on TV.   When my eyes lit upon the orchid pot, I saw that tucked into the rim were a pair of sterling silver orchid earrings that Naomi had designed for me!

handmade sterling silver orchid earrings
Sterling silver orchid earrings – Gift from my daughter.

I was deeply touched by this gift.  Here’s a pair of earrings, designed with love by my daughter, to reflect my personal passion for flowers, especially orchids.  Check out the cool texturing, the exacting craftsmanship and the central rivet which holds it all together.

Artisan made orchid earrings by Naomi Landig
Orchid earring, close-up photo

I love these earrings and I wear them often.  More importantly though;  I love my daughter and am thankful for her thoughtful gift and her wonderful presence in my life.

Now, as a bonus, I’ll include a macro photo of another orchid of mine that is also in bloom at this time.

moth orchid
This one has been a reliable bloomer for several years now.

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Raindrops

 I ♥ Macro Sunday!

I’ve been really busy with a show each of the past two Saturdays.  But I did manage to snap 2 macro photos – not the greatest shots in the world, but it is these or nothing! :)

After the rain
After the rain

 

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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I Heart Macro – Rhododendrons

 I ♥ Macro Sunday!

I have always loved  rhododendrons.  Here’s a worthless trivia factoid: The official Washington State flower is the rhododendron.  But that’s not why I love them.  As a kid, my parents would sometimes take us to the Seattle arboretum.  They had old rhododendron bushes there that were as big as small trees.  We could hide under the rhododendrons and pretend we were in a house made of flowers.  Isn’t that just the greatest make-believe scenario:  Living in a house made of flowers!

pink flowers
Rhododendrons
pink flowers
Rhododendrons
pink flowers
Rhododendrons
pink flowers with sunlight
Rhododendrons

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
Visit Lori to get links to more great macro shots.

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