SNAP!! (5 Images)

Have any of you wondered what a Maple Tree bud looks like as it first begins to come back to Life? Well I wondered yesterday and so I prepared my macro lense, went into our basement to get a step ladder, and went out to look. I found treasure. I could NOT believe my eyes. Every day I view many photoblogs and I have yet to see what I photographed. You will be amazed. Amazingly awe amazed.

Keep in mind, the books I have read say when using a macro lense to always use a tripod. Now, the places I have had my camera in it is not possible to have a tripod, so I become the human tripod. As you journey along to view theΒ  images I am about to present to you, I will be telling you my experience in how I managed to snap the amazing beauty I saw. Are you ready? Here we go!

[The ONLY editing done was cropping and sharpening. Nothing else. No special effects are used.]

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Placing my stepladder
under my tree,
camera in one hand,
strap safe round my neck,
I began to shake

even before I climbed

that (darn) ladder.

Nothing to balance on.

Nothing to steady me.

Took a deep breath and up I went.
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Shaking’ legs OH NO!
Breeze still blowing’ OH NO!
Steady she goes steady!!
Holding a branch in one hand
to cease the sway
camera in the other
holding my breath

SNAP!!

04 09 14_0072 4-9-14Putting the ladder in a new spot
climbed up
legs a shakin’
Nothing to hold on to.
Bracing against the ladder itself
my shins against wood.

SNAP!!

04 09 14 4-9-14Holdin’ breath
Holdin’ branch

“Wind STOP blowin’!!!”

Waiting …

SNAP!!

04 09 14_0066 4-9-14O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o

Look at that!

SNAP!!

04 09 14_0078 4-9-14One more move
one more climb

legs a shakin’

hands a shakin’

wind a blownin’

“OH, Mother, HELP!!!!!”

Once more, come on!

And here it comes

CALM!

Hold breath, steady steady …

SNAP!!

04 09 14_0101 4-9-14

And that is how beauty is created.

(smile)

~AmyRose~

Photography/Poetry/Writing 2014Β©AmyRose

112 thoughts on “SNAP!! (5 Images)

  1. Beautiful Amy! All your efforts were not for nothing. Glad you (and your camera) got back in one piece after your little adventure together! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Take care…have a lovely weekend!
    Priyan

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    1. You have a great weekend as well, Priyan. That (darn) stepladder was not easy to climb with no support of any kind. I still don’t know how I managed to get the images I did between my legs shaking and the breeze blowing. (smile) So many people love admiring pretty pictures … I think perhaps appreciation might increase IF they knew what some of us photographers go through just to get perfection captured. (another smile) BIG (((HUGS))) to another one who works hard to get fantastic shots!!! Love, Amy

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    1. Sreejith, knowing your wife does macro photography, you can well imagine how many images in total were “snapped”. LOL This was a challenge and to be truthful with you, I am amazed any of my images came out half way clear. Thank you for the compliment!! May your weekend be a good one!!! Love, Amy

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  2. Amy,Dear !!! I dub the brilliant photo series : ” Climing the Steps to Art ” .Despite your risky adventures,you managed to get some striking close ups with incredible details ! Perfect use of light and great Bokeh DOF !!! I beg your pardon; I didn’t hear very well .. Did anybody tell you,you are not an expert … ((( hugs ))) and kind thoughts to you,
    Doda xxx β™₯(Λ†βŒ£Λ†Τ…)

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    1. I was so enthusiastic that I ate the b … 😦 Please make corrections on the spot …
      BTW,have an enjoyable weekend !Thaaank U, Amy,Dear !!! ~(Λ˜β–ΎΛ˜~) ~(Λ˜β–ΎΛ˜)~ (~Λ˜β–ΎΛ˜)~
      Doda β™₯β™₯β™₯

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    2. Doda, I wish my mother, who is one of my followers, could “listen in” to your words to me. She is still finding fault. Yet, this time, my friend, when it happened, I laughed and said “isn’t it just like her to do this?” I hope to gain her respect over time, and even if she doesn’t show it, will have it in her heart. Thank you for your golden words to me. *tears* Thank you! Love, Amy

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  3. Hello Amy,

    These are beautiful snapshots. Lovely writings to go with it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. Hope you visit sometime again.

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  4. And I am so thankful the shaking of the ladder stopped as you held your breath, and what a wonderful result you have given us Amy… So pleased to view its perfection.. Have a beautiful weekend πŸ™‚ Blessings Sue

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    1. Thank you, Sue. The shaking really didn’t stop 100%. I did my best. What I wouldn’t do for a capture. Hehehehehhe My curiosity always gets the better of me. LOL (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. LOL Even though I was shaking. Try balancing on a stepladder with nothing to hold on to, camera in one hand and holding the breath as well. Tee Hee. What I do for an image! Love, Amy

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      1. I promise not to do that again. I really do. IF I do, I will call hubs to support me. Truthfully it really was scary … I had nothing to grab a hold of and to help me balance. I promise, Lora. xx Amy

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    1. Jen, THANK you! It’s a good thing I have a courageous heart and a curious mind. As I told someone else. LOL That was really hard to do, but I just HAD to see what those Maple buds looked like. Bless you for stopping by. It means a lot to me, Jen!! Love, Amy

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  5. Oh, brave you ! – I’m HOPELESS on ladders, let alone outside with a wind blowing !!
    These are truly lovely images, and worth all the anxiety and stress, Amy (but I must add that it seems terribly selfish for us to get the benefit of it …) !

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      1. No. But he had a lot of made-up words that he used instead of the real ones.
        GOOB = good
        SUNTHING = something
        and so on. πŸ˜€

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      2. We used to speak “pig Latin” as kids. You take away the first letter of each word, add it to the end of that word and add and “a”. Like: igpa. (pig) …giggle…. And as a kid the brain worked lightening fast. LOL πŸ™‚

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      3. I think we BOTH need to give ourselves SOME credit. IMO I think BOTH of us are whipper snappers! And then some!! The synapses still do fire! How about that!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! These flowers are SO tiny and so delicate and so beautiful. I am crossing fingers I can go and get more pics today. When the flowers begin to bloom on our property I won’t have to go many places to seek flowers. πŸ™‚

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      1. Hmmmm….. I really like that, Susan. I have been talking to someone and that is the subject that came up. Since a child, all I have known is LOVE and that GOD is LOVE. Anything else is just secondary to this. I came into this life knowing this, Susan, and now for you to name me this! I am SO touched! Again I am in tears! OH! I am SO loved! And it fills my heart to the point of bursting!!! Love, Amy

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      2. Amy Love, that was the first thing that came to mind when we first talked. Followed immediately by peals of happy joyful fun.

        For all I’ve been through with religion, I never felt I was without God’s presence.

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    1. (smile) I like to play with words. I really am in awe of Mother Nature and what I photographed left me speechless. How do you describe something so utterly breathtaking that it defies the imagination? We really do live in a magical world. You just have to have eyes to see. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. True. I saw a great billboard the other day, an amazing panoramic landscape picture of fields and distant mountains, and a quote at the bottom that said, “This is why cowboys don’t say much.”

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      2. Hehehehehehehe LOVE it. It’s not about words. It is about FEELINGS. How what you see speaks to you through the emotions. And oh yes, I can relate!!! Have a glorious weekend, and day, Robert!!!! With Love, and (((HUGS))) Amy

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  6. I like the description of the adventure. πŸ™‚ You’re so right about the tripod. I never seem to have one or be able to use one when I need it. You did a great job. The pictures nice.

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    1. I’m still trying to figure out how to get a tripod into the places I am bringing my camera. Now, when my Roses are in bloom I can easily set up a tripod. But even with that, I take my camera into angles to shoot that you just don’t get when you use a tripod. I think a tripod is limiting, and when you learn how to hold a camera without shaking( LOL) your potential to capture the unusual increases.

      Thank you for the great comment and may your weekend be wonderful. Love, Amy

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  7. What a creative endeavor ! and the results are Superb!
    yes actually I have wondered That πŸ™‚ as I watch Oaks and Cedar Elms…
    but not close up and personal as you have done, so since you took such wonderful photos I now know…Thank You Amy Pinkrose…I appreciate your gift
    of beauty…
    Take Care….You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose

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  8. Amy, I just love you sweet verbal and pictorial journey up and into Maple’s beginning and delight. You captured me so much, that I started dreaming about the other end of Maple’s sweetness, when she produced the sap that turns to syrup that is slowly poured over soft warm pancakes that are smothered in butter. May the circle be unbroken.

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    1. YIPPEEEE! Your words took me away on a visual of seeing Maple Trees row after row, with buckets collecting their amber warm Life. NICE!!! Thank you, Harold!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  9. hello amy pinkrose its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow luk at those things!!! they luk like tiny littel eksplozhuns!!! dada sez he livd in the mithikal land of noo york for over thirty yeerz surrownded by maple trees evryware and he had no ideea that is wot they lukd like up klose!!! ok bye

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. I see you have been wandering in my Garden. (smile) I just came in for a 5 minute break, made sure all my babies are OK, drank a gallon of water, and out I go again to finish up. I will most likely have number 4 and number 5 garden done, out of 16. I have yet to go near my huge rose garden. GROAN. I peeked today and I see tons of new growth!!! YES!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. Still a bit early here for much gardening. We had snow yesterday. I had a good time walking in your garden! πŸ™‚ Hugs!! Brenda

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      2. I know it is early for most people. I do what I can and it is a lot. Clearing out the winter debris, applying more mulch, cutting down the old growth. We had snow here too, just two days ago, yet, if I don’t start now, I will not be ready to have time to shoot my flowers. My gardens are extensive, Brenda. I won’t prune back my roses yet or remove the mulch protection over the root ball. I have looked at my roses and yes yes yes I am seeing new growth, despite the cold weather!

        Every year I begin early. And I usually don’t finish the all of it by the time flowers arrive. This year I want to finish!! This evening I go out and get more pics. My neighbors’ bulbs are beginning to flower and there are lots of new growth everywhere that is calling me. So I eat now, rest, and when the sun is more soft, I go out with my camera.

        I am so glad you enjoyed my gardens. (smile) You haven’t seen anything yet! LOL Love, Amy

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      3. So exciting! I can’t wait to see it at its zenith. πŸ™‚ I need to do all that as well. Maybe next week while the kids are home, we will make some progress. Enjoy the fresh air!

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