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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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Grasshopper

~-:¦:-••-:¦:-••-:¦:-• Here’s a link to  my Bead Soup post. •-:¦:-••-:¦:-••-:¦:-~

A Grasshopper in the Dahlias

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I was taking macro photos in my friend’s garden when she noticed that a grasshopper had found a comfy spot in one of her dahlias.  I zoomed in and here are the results.  I wish I could have such a lovely space in which to sit!

macro shot of a glasshopper in a flower
Grasshopper in a Pink Dahlia

 

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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

Orchids

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I have a small collection of orchids on my kitchen window sill.  I water them when I remember, but I don’t fuss over them.  Two are blooming now.  The blooms last a month or more.  I had one orchid that bloomed from the beginning of Dec. until the middle of July this year!

Magenta colored orchid
Phalaenopsis Orchid
Orchid buds on a branch
White Phalaenopsis Orchid Buds
White orchid in bloom
White Phalaenopsis Orchid
Close up view of center of a white orchid
White Phalaenopsis Orchid
close up of orchid, showing white tendrils
White Phalaenopsis Orchid

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Blueberries

Picky-Picky-Picking!

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I went blueberry picking last week.  I’m not very fast.  My friend filled up two cans in the time it took me to fill one.  But I enjoy getting out and picking berries and then having fresh berries for breakfast smoothies and muffins!  I was struck by how beautiful the partially ripened fruit was, with its greens, magentas and blues. And I love the little “frill” at the top of each berry.

Fresh picked blueberries
M-m-m-m, fresh blueberries!
green and magenta blueberries
Check out those colors!
green and magenta blueberries
The colors make me wish I could paint!

And here is one of the results of all this picky-picky-picking!

blueberry muffins in the tin
Warm blueberry muffins, right out of the oven!

I also love to make smoothies for breakfast.  Here’s Linda’s top-secret recipe for:

Superior Smoothies

Serves 1

1/4 cup frozen blueberries (or any berries of your choice)

1/2 sliced banana, frozen

1/4 cup 1% or nonfat milk

1/4 cup nonfat plain or vanilla yogurt

Buzz the ingredients in the blender and enjoy!  The frozen berries make it cold, like ice cream, only its full of good health.  Cheers!

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Lori of Studio Waterstone  hosts a weekly blog hop of close-up photos.
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♥ i heart macro ♥ – Ribbit

Frog Friend

Its time for another ♥ I Heart Macro Sunday! ♥

I was going to go sit by my husband on the front porch one day this week, when I discovered that “someone else” had already claimed that chair.  This little guy was perched on the top cross-bar of the chair back.

green frog with a black stripe
Western Chorus Frog
green frog
Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

He (she?) sat there very patiently, while I ran into the house and got my camera.  I took macro shots from all different angles.

green frog with black stripe
Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

We have a protected wetland area behind our house.  Having so many frogs in the area is considered a sign that the wetlands have a healthy ecosystem.  This guy is a  Northwest Chorus Frog, and believe me, these guys can really sing! On spring nights their love songs are almost deafening.

A third grade class at Boston Harbor Elementary School in Olympia, Washington successfully proposed, to the state legislature, that the Northwest chorus frog should be the state amphibian.  And so,  in 2007, the Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) became the official state amphibian .   Now why states need official amphibians, I don’t know.  But it was a cool project for the third graders!

green frog with black stripe
Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

After awhile the Mr. Frog grew tired of his photo shoot and started climbing down the chair.

green frog with black stripe
Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog
green frog with black stripe
Pacific Northwest Chorus Frog

Eventually he hopped onto the seat of the chair and then sprung off into the garden.

green frog with black stripe
Northwest Chorus Frog

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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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