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Flowers and Macros

These are examples from our greenhouse (orchids, primarily phals, phrags and laelia/cattleya), our yard and a few I've found on our travels. I recently purchased a flash bracket and cords. In the past, my primary macro lens was the wonderful Sigma 150/2.8, but recently I sold that in order to get the Canon 180/3.5L Macro, the Big Daddy of Macros! I've also used my 24-105 and 100-400 as pseudo macros with the Kenko tube set. With the move to Nikon, I will be using my new Nikon 105/2.8VR.

Update 2009: Sadly, my greenhouse heater failed in the dead of winter without me noticing for nearly a week. That resulted in the death of almost every plant I had - including a 25 year old laelia that spanned over six feet. I'll most likely not bring that greenhouse back but rather wait till I move from Paradise to a more temperate climate.

Update 2011: Sadly, my 105VR has gone the way of so many of my lenses. I briefly had a Siggy 150 for Nikon, but I've sold that, too. I just don't end up using my macros enough to have so much tied up in them. I do plan on getting another Nikon 105, since it is incredibly sharp and includes VR. Hard to spend $800-1000 on that when the Siggy is out there for $600 or so. But VR is worth it. Who knows? Maybe I'll get some extra funds and finally get that Nikon 200/4 Micro I've drooled over for so long...and maybe not.

As always, please feel free to comment or provide constructive critiques. I can ALWAYS improve!
Lily with my creek in the background
Lily with my creek in the background
One of the last lily shots of the season
One of the last lily shots of the season
Some more lillies....
Some more lillies....
From the Botanical Gardens, Ft Bragg
From the Botanical Gardens, Ft Bragg
Again, lillies
Again, lillies
A ...wait for it... lily
A ...wait for it... lily
Surprise!
Surprise!
Some Gardenias...or..orchids..or...
Some Gardenias...or..orchids..or...
Yeah, some blue flowers
Yeah, some blue flowers
More of those rudabegas...or something like that
More of those rudabegas...or something like that
Botanical Gardens...
Botanical Gardens...
Yes...another lily!
Yes...another lily!
It's a bug!
It's a bug!
Pink Day Lily
Pink Day Lily
From the yard
From the yard
Another one
Another one
Bee on a flower
Bee on a flower
Day Lilly
Day Lilly
Day Lily with a touch of Topaz
Day Lily with a touch of Topaz
Sun Lillies
Sun Lillies
Sun Lily
Sun Lily
A day in the garden
A day in the garden
Just one of Ranae's many flowers
Just one of Ranae's many flowers
Bugs with the 180
Bugs with the 180
Bee
Bee
Bee 3
Bee 3
Bee 6
Bee 6
We just 'blue' in!
We just 'blue' in!
One from the front yard
One from the front yard
A rose by any other name...
A rose by any other name...
Another shot from the 180
Another shot from the 180
A quick shot from the 180
A quick shot from the 180
Yellow Flower - test shot
Yellow Flower - test shot
My Latest Bees
My Latest Bees
Second of Three
Second of Three
Bye, Bee
Bye, Bee
Lady Bug
Lady Bug
My First Spider!
My First Spider!
Lady Slipper
Lady Slipper
Inside the Lady Slipper
Inside the Lady Slipper
Butterfly at Turtle Bay
Butterfly at Turtle Bay
Inside the Butterfly House
Inside the Butterfly House
Another 'fly in the house
Another 'fly in the house
Monarch in the House
Monarch in the House
Another butterfly from Turtle Bay
Another butterfly from Turtle Bay
Last of the 'fly shots
Last of the 'fly shots
I see you praying!
I see you praying!
I need a flower ID book
I need a flower ID book
Some type of Morning Glory
Some type of Morning Glory
Cymbidium
Cymbidium
Cymbidium blooms and buds
Cymbidium blooms and buds
First Tulips of the Year
First Tulips of the Year
Another Tulip
Another Tulip
Purple Passion
Purple Passion
Some of flowers - only lasted one week
Some of flowers - only lasted one week
50 feet of Westeria
50 feet of Westeria
Let the sun shine!
Let the sun shine!
Down by the creek
Down by the creek
More red - lots of red from the previous owners
More red - lots of red from the previous owners
Lilac - ok, so it's our neighbors!
Lilac - ok, so it's our neighbors!
Song sung blue
Song sung blue
Foxgloves in a Wine Barrel
Foxgloves in a Wine Barrel
Front yard purple
Front yard purple
Do drop in
Do drop in
Large water hyacinth bloom
Large water hyacinth bloom
Angel's pond
Angel's pond
My greenhouse on the back deck!
My greenhouse on the back deck!
Part of Angel's deck
Part of Angel's deck
l pupurata Schusteriana
l pupurata "Schusteriana"
Some phal I got in Livermore
Some phal I got in Livermore
A hybrid (blc) I bought at Gold Country
A hybrid (blc) I bought at Gold Country
Back deck flowers and visitor
Back deck flowers and visitor
A blc Carmela
A blc "Carmela"
All Summer Hydranga
"All Summer" Hydranga