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.

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

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The petals appear iridescent and shiny.

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

All photos were taken using my 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.

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25 thoughts on “Five Minutes with Crocus vernus

  1. 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.

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      1. 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.

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      2. 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 😉

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