Autumn redefines colour and transforms shapes, bringing lots of changes to our natural world. I decided to capture some of these changes with my macro lens for the october, photo blogging challenge theme close-up.
I wanted to make the most of the warm autumn days this month, as I guessed they’re also the last days of summer. I notice that the sun appears lower in the sky now, during the late afternoons. When I stand and stare into the light, watching the sinking sun. I find myself holding on to those final rays, knowing that they could be the last. After the sun has set, I feel a sense of regret, as I realise that summer is now past. The skin on my face turns cooler and I begin to feel more fresh as the air loses its humidity.
Now its time to clear my mind and to start thinking ahead, as I need to embrace the changes that autumn will bring.
1. Holly in October
The fruits on holly usually ripen in winter, providing food for birds and other animals. The red berries have appeared early on this holly, bringing contrast to the evergreen bush. The low autumn sun behind the leaves, caught my eye as it danced sprightly across the top branches.
2. Golden Blue Flowers
The blue flowers were missed by the sun on this afternoon, but the marigolds in the background were dazzling in the sunlight. So, I used the rule of thirds to compose this shot and I’m glad that I did, as the sunlit flowers gave me a golden bouquet of bokeh. In reality the blue flower in the foreground is a lot smaller than how it appears to be in this photo, as my macro lens has magnified its size, allowing more of the flower’s form and definition to show through.
3. A Chinese Lantern
This close-up of a fallen chinese lantern shows changes to its form. It’s intricate frame is starting to show through it’s diminishing shell. Once, the orange papery, skin has perished away, leaving its skeleton well exposed, there’ll be a small fruit left behind inside its cage. In Japan this fruit is used as part of the Bon Festival as offerings to guide the souls of the deceased.
I found this lonely caterpillar holding onto my rose bush leaf. It has nibbled away at some of the leaves. Hopefully the caterpillar will be hibernating soon.
5. Morning Hydrangeas
The hydrangeas in my garden are still in bloom. Now the cooler mornings are here, the pink petals are covered in dew. The drops linger for longer, until the sun becomes stronger, the dew will then leave the flowers by a mist.
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