Five Minutes with Crocus vernus

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new weekly challenge called “regularrandom for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter.

Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object, and shoot for just five minutes.   You can move around the object or scene but try not to interfere with it. See what happens in that five minutes, what changes, how the light changes, what comes into the frame or leaves the frame, or what other parts of the object you can focus on or use to your advantage.

This week I chose a crocus from my garden. I took it indoors to photograph out of the wind and placed it on top of a blue glass dish in my conservatory which gets a lot of light.


I was particularly fascinated by the reproductive structure – three feathery stigmas and three anthers.5-minute-crocus-6


The petals appear iridescent and shiny.

And afterwards I couldn’t help playing with the editing software:

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera  and Macro 60 mm lens.

If you would like to join in then please visit DJ’s site where you will find more information and ideas about the challenge.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. You and DesleyJane are a formidable pair! A lovely five minutes.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, but she has cakes!

  2. Patrick says:

    There are so many details in nature that we fail to see because we don’t have time. The description of the photograph assignment reminded me of the mindfulness class I attended two years ago…and the fact I need to be more mindful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      True Patrick. We need to take time to pause and just allow nature to filter around us. Hope you are doing well.

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    So beautiful Jude and a cool thing to do, perhaps we do it unconsciously sometimes?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m sure we do Gilly. Good practice with the macro lens, though you don’t have to get so close to your subject.

  4. desleyjane says:

    Oh Jude how beautiful. And macro makes it sublime. Love this. Thank you so much for joining me x.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  5. I really like the second one down, with so much of the swirly deep blue glass behind.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Super! This challenge was just made for you 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It works for macros, but if I stood at the end of the street to photograph for five minutes it would be a bit boring!

      1. restlessjo says:

        Yes, but you do macros so well. I have high expectations for your entry for Focus 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Yes, indeed. I ought to dig something out for that one. Still stuck inside Lincoln cathedral!

        2. restlessjo says:

          Just in brief, cos I won’t have time to answer your email, 4 nights, back into Liverpool on Thursday and yes I hope to do Lucca/Pisa, time permitting but it depends how time goes and how enchanted I am with Firenze. 🙂 Weather looks pretty decent.

        3. Heyjude says:

          I reckon you could spend 3 days at least in Florence itself. I am now considering a week next Apr/May so I am relying on you to tell me what to see and where to stay 😉

        4. restlessjo says:

          You know Gilly’s going in September? Staying in Florence but planning to do some visits 🙂

        5. Heyjude says:

          Really? Oh, no! I should have arranged to go with her. Though I am hoping to be in Oz then. Fingers crossed.

        6. restlessjo says:

          She and Lindy 🙂 Is Oz almost definite?

        7. Heyjude says:

          Not at all, but I can dream…

  7. So beautiful. Jude. This is my favourite colour crocus. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are a lovely shade.

  8. elleturner4 says:

    Beautiful photos 😀

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