Noticing the Details

One of my favorite books when I was young was The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards. In it, the children are encouraged to notice the details in the world around them:

“I want you to start noticing things. Once you get used to doing it you’ll never be able to stop. It’s the best game in the world.”

I think about noticing details when I find an opportunity to do macrophotography. I’ve found that icicles and sleet make great macro subjects. We don’t get them often, but we did this week, so I went looking for details to notice. Here is what I found:

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This one looks like a cocoon of light to me.

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I see a jester with a cap and a tassel in this one.  Here’s a closer view:

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I love the upside down tiny world in the water droplet.

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The orange background and orange spots in the ice were due to an orange road sign:

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I think it’s more striking in the macro photos.

What details have you noticed today?

Snow

Snow is rare on the Texas Gulf Coast. We typically get snow when it’s just above freezing, and it often melts as soon as it hits the warm ground. I knew it was lightly snowing when I went to bed Thursday night … but I never expected to wake up to a traditional winter wonderland.

Since snow that sticks is so rare, enjoying it is a two-step process: take lots of photos to prove it happened and play!

So here is my proof there was snow at my house.

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And here I am after making a snow angel.

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And here I am making a giant snowball to make a snowman.

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It turns out that making giant snowballs is hard work! And it also turns out that rolling the too-heavy-to-pick-up snowball across the warm driveway broke up the snowball. But I persevered and made a snowman.

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They say play is good for you. I think I got my fair share on Friday.

What do you like to do in the snow?

Loch Ness Monster

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While we were in Scotland, we drove past Loch Ness on the way to the Isle of Skye. We stopped and scanned the loch for monsters, but had no success. Unlike “see the Northern Lights”, I did feel like I could cross “search Loch Ness for monsters” off my bucket list. I hadn’t really expected to see any.

So imagine my surprise the next day when we were walking through the islands in the Ness River when we came across the monster! And it was very friendly, allowing us to sit on it for photos. My husband added to it, giving it feather ears. It was a delightful surprise, partly because it was a surprise.

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If you’re ever in the area, I recommend searching for it yourself.