September 18, 2015 … when all you have is a hammer …

… everything looks like a nail.


A moss, I presume. It is much more translucent up close than it looks when you stand up.

An old joke, I know, but the parallel is there. When I go out armed with a particular lens, I tend to make my shooting match the capability of the lens.  As it happens this particular lens is very versatile, capable of excellent portraiture as well as the extreme close-up which is its real purpose. On this occasion, I had it set for very close shooting, and went back to the are of Pinehaven where I visited a few days ago, this time with a tripod.


This lichen is perhaps 3cm across. On the forest floor below it I think that is a liverwort

I have no real narrative to accompany individual images because I have no expertise in the micro-foliage of the forest floor.


These spiky little tufts of vegetation are perhaps 5mm in diameter

Each time a moved a metre to the left or right there was something new to see. From a distance it all looked like a soft green baize, but as you get closer the intricacy and the complexity of each plant became visible.


Moss on a wooden gate post

Even the moss on top of an old fence post presents itself differently in extreme close-up.

This too shall pass.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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4 Responses to September 18, 2015 … when all you have is a hammer …

  1. Cliff says:

    Awesome macro photos. I especially like the lichen. Maybe the first photo suggests the next, etc? Maybe you are over thinking it? The

  2. nzvideos says:

    Looking at that moss “forest”, I had to wonder how many micro animals live in it; I thought I saw a couple. Thanks for the really up close view of New Zealand that most of us ignore.

  3. dennisw77009 says:

    I’m always intrigued when you feel your muse has departed, temporarily to be sure, because it almost always results in interesting images. This was especially true of yesterday’s photos of man made items that, as an engineer, intrigue me just a bit more than natural ones.

  4. Really nice images. Lots of detail. What is the lens?

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