Friday, November 02, 2007

Magnified Raindrops

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The macro photos (magnified images) in this section were captured with the Little BigShot Image Amplifier, which gives my little compact camera a good boost for closeups. Link to the product: Little BigShot.

Welcome to my gallery of raindrops, snowflakes and ice!
To some, rain snow and cold are a spoiler of plans and a reason to remain indoors.
For me, they are unique opportunities to admire the many ways in which water presents in nature and the artistic ways in which it interacts with its surroundings.

One of my all-time favorites, a raindrop with a sunburst and bejeweled solar flare.

This past Winter was mild and nearly devoid of snow, but that didn't prevent it from hanging on til the bitter end.  This icicle was found at the gorge known as Deep Cut in Bearsden Wilderness, Athol Massachusetts on April 7, 2012

Quite the little solar system this spider has going on.

Twas a day for unusual raindrop shapes, as in this case, a blunt conical cylinder.

I absolutely LOVE when I come across air bubbles inside raindrops!

Here's a unique phenomenon; a raindrop presenting as a cylinder rather than as a sphere.

no comment. lol

An opera window of water, to showcase the intrigue of this floral being.

There's a smooth haziness within this droplet, culminating as a point of light at the crotch of the parting stems.

One busy little image this is; both fore and background.

Color Drops

Minty Silver Drop

Daily Double

Dead Pine Drop

Let your inner alligator out.

Air bubble inside raindrop.

The sun broke through in the early afternoon. In this shot, sunlight passes through the raindrop to richly illuminate the host conifer needles within.

And a few raindrops with sun sparkles.

A perfect little catcher and displayer of liquid spheres.

. . . which came first, the raindrop or the magnifying glass?

The day after Christmas and it's 40 degrees F and raining . . . so, it's obvious what to do . . . put on a raincoat and take raindrop pictures of course!

Most of my magnified raindrops are taken from the side angle to capture both the drop and the host flora. Today I took some head-on shots (which I call "inlines"), and this style results in wide magnifications of the host. It also throws everything except the raindrop out of focus.
There's a different feel to the inlines which I like. So they will become a part of my repertoire.

Another inline. A slender droplet forming around dangling dead pine needles. In the background, we see other needles dangling like locks of hair on a horse's mane.

A few maple trees have retained their leaves. Here's one with deep brown tones resulting in dark chocolate drops.

And another maple tree in lighter tones for butterscotch drops.

The mystical crystal balls of the forest.

Vine tendrils collect rain in some rather mesmerizing ways.

Not only is the shape of this droplet wonderful, but the pastel, painterly background is a sweet accompaniment.

This tiny droplet appears to be defying gravity as it hangs underneath the fungus on this tree stem. In reality, the jagged texture of the fungus creates sufficient surface area to retain the droplet.

Twins sharing a wet kiss.

Certain conifers produce the nicest teardrop-shaped raindrops.

A honey dropper?

The elegance of floral death, accentuated by falling rain.

This entire shrub turns dozens of shades of red, pink and purple.

Snow Globe?

Leopard Drop

Conjoining green spheres.

The original magnifying glass.

Though inverted, this droplet is refracting a skyward scene.

Gives new meaning to the term: Blue Spruce.

This dangling tree matter causes the droplet to look too heavy to be supported by the thin filament.

A pleasant little sight.

Father - Son Day

Shy little droplet nestled in the crook of an Evening Primrose petal.

Totally upright berry.

This raindrop nicely magnifies the texture of the host leaf, and reflects a sun sparkle.

Raindrop on pink Honeysuckle petal.

On the edge.

Such an elegant and ornate scene with curves and swirls and a bowl of magic water.

Crystal raindrop clinging within the remains of the Smokebush blossom.

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