Toro ravine

Sorry I’ve been absent from blogging – I’ve been away in Costa Rica. Here’s an image from Costa Rica, a view of the Toro River valley near the Toro waterfall (Catarata del Toro):

Hyacinth drops

Raindrops on a grape hyacinth. The main drop acts as a lens; as you look through it, you can see blurred grape hyacinths and the distant trunk of a tree:

Syrphid fly

A tiny flower fly on a dandelion:

Drop space (tulip)

A drop on a bicolor tulip petal:

Taken at high magnification, around 4x.

Willow anthers

An extreme closeup of the anthers of a flowering willow catkin:

I went out searching for some spring color, this catkin was a happy discovery. These yellow anthers are almost as pretty as the Rosegold willow – I don’t know which willow species this is.

Birch patterns

When a piece of birch bark peels off, you see patterns such as these:


This time I used the directional light to emphasize the shadows and textures on the bark surface instead of reaching for the diffuser like I usually do…

Melting ice

A closeup of the lacy patterns in melting snow:

Leaf under ice

A beech leaf under a thin layer of ice speckled with bright frozen bubbles:

Warm tones to contrast with the blue ice in the last post…


I often convert ice images to black and white, but not this one. Such a range of blue tones in this stream ice:

Winter scene

A closeup landscape of stems surrounded by snow: