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It’s like looking into another world, a miniature cosmos I’ve not seen before. I see unexpected, new, different things. I collapse into a fantasy, a universe where anything is possible, a world where I hardly even know what I’ve captured until later, and even then don’t fully understand, often not even able to give it a name.

Still, it’s better without a label. The simple beauty is enough.

A while back my friend Lynn, who blogs at bluebrightly introduced me to a sweet little macro lens she’s been using, and wonder of wonders it just happened to be compatible with my camera so I bought one and have been having fun with it ever since.

The photos here are mostly flowers, but you’ll notice a dandelion puffball in there, and a very close-up shot of moss spread over a rock, and bees of course.

Taking pictures is savouring life intensely every hundredth of a second. – Mark Riboud

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. – Henry Thoreau

Photography is a love affair with life. – Burk Uzzle

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. – Diane Arbus

Photography helps people to see. – Berenice Abbott

If your pictures are not good enough then you’re not close enough. – Robert Capa

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera. – Dorothea Lange

Photography . . . . . has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. – Elliott Erwitt

The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. – William Thackeray

Photography is the story I fail to put into words. – Destin Sparks

Next post: the fourth in the Travel Highlights Series – Bali, Varanasi, and Venice.

All words and images by Alison Louise Armstrong unless otherwise noted
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