19 Jan 2011

The Gallery: Mother nature on a good day

I really enjoyed taking part in The Gallery last week for the first time and feeling part of a community. So I was very excited when I saw this week's topic posted, Mother Nature, and the encouragement to get out and really 'use' a camera.

I did a photography course a few years ago which introduced me to manual SLR cameras and their features. I loved it. I borrowed Mr's Dad's Pentax K1000 which got me back to basics. Shortly afterwards we decided to invest in a digital SLR, the Canon EOS 300D which is continuing to serve us well. Once we got it, to be honest, I got a bit lazy and started to use the 'auto' function more than I should. In order to spark my interest again last year I bought a Macro lense for it. It was nothing special, very cheap but is good enough for me. I hope to be using it, and the manual camera features a bit more this year as part of my 30 before 30 project.

So, to capture a photo for the theme Mother Nature - unfortunately, the weather has not been kind in the last week and has been very grey and rainy not making it great for photos. I used this as an opportunity to look back over old photos, it didn't take long as I have only recently been looking at the hundreds of photos we took in Japan last April.

So, with cherry blossom a plenty in Japan I went a little macro crazy :).


I hope it brightens your maybe otherwise grey day, it certainly did for me. I'm now off to enjoy everyone's contributions here. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Beautiful, really really beautiful! And you've inspired me to really make an effort with my camera this year. Perhaps a course would wake me up a bit. Anyway, excellent image for Mother Nature prompt!!

  2. How beautiful. All this talk of Canon eOS 300D makes me want to get one, especially if I can capture images like this.

  3. I truly love cherry blossom, yet a hate the sticky bud coverings that fall off in the spring.

    Herding Cats x


  4. Stunning, just stunning. Great macro. Makes me yearn for spring time.

  5. Wow thanks everyone! Glad you like it :)


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