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Spring may not have yet sprung, but it’s springing!

A snowdrop flower appearing through the snow.

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I haven’t participated in the Photo Challenge in a while. I put up a post on my French blog last week, but  didn’t put a link in the comments, so no one visited. I just haven’t been feeling inspired. Then yesterday, after I saw that this week’s theme was saturated, saw this leaf with the sun shining through it. I looked like stained glass.

a close-up of leaf turning with visible veins.

The mechanical system in the building received some major updates this week, so there was no electricity here for a good part of the day. Consequently, today’s post is somewhat late and will be an easy one. I spent a good part of the day outside today taking photographs. The weather was beautiful in the afternoon and within the past couple of days the tulips have opened up. I’ve always found that tulips were wonderful candidates for macro shots. I’ve always been fascinated by macro photography and always wanted to try it but was prevented by the cost of the lenses. Then, one day, I read a reference to “extension tubes.” I looked it up and for a pretty reasonable amount of money you can do macro photography. So I bought a set of inexpensive ones and I think they work pretty well. You have to focus manually, but that’s not too hard.

Yesterday, I went looking for things that I might normally think of photographing that would also might yield more interesting photos at different scales and angles. Taking my camera with me, I went for a walk around my sister’s suburban Baltimore, Maryland neighborhood. Maryland is a small state located in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. It is not a “Northern” state, but it was never part of the Confederacy during the Civil War. It sits on the border of the North and the South both literally and culturally.

The first photo is of a little stone path leading up to a rundown greenhouse.

A stone path.

Next, I zoomed in and got a little closer.

Several flat stones.

Finally, I put on some extension tubes and took some macro photos.DSC_0222

Ecologically, Baltimore is within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States.

Yesterday, after taking these photographs, we headed over to the garden store to get seeds for this year’s garden.

To see more interpretations of the same theme go to the Weekly Photo Challenge.